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Vietnam: Can Tho Enhances Capacity in Climate Change Mitigation

Vietnam: Can Tho Enhances Capacity in Climate Change Mitigation

The Paris Agreement recognises the role of non-Party stakeholders in addressing climate change, including cities. IUC Asia creates an opportunity to promote enhanced, strategic and sustained approaches supporting transformational change and enabling cities’ stakeholders to build the capacities needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Supported by UN Habitat and CDP, IUC Asia have [...]
Indonesia: IUC Asia and Makassar Virtual Meeting on Progress of Required Data Collection

Indonesia: IUC Asia and Makassar Virtual Meeting on Progress of Required Data Collection

To follow up the Climate Action Plan (CAP) development , Makassar and  IUC Asia met online on Thursday  21 May 2020 to discuss on the progress of the project. The interactive session focussed on the data collection can be used for Green House Gases (GHG) inventory report and Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA). Also [...]
Indonesia: Malang Builds the Capacity on Vulnerability Assessment to Improve the Adaptation Plan

Indonesia: Malang Builds the Capacity on Vulnerability Assessment to Improve the Adaptation Plan

19 May 2020 | IUC Asia, in partnership with the CCROM – IPB, conducted capacity building workshop to Malang’s official agencies as a part of climate action plan development. The workshop was designed to provide the knowledge to set up climate change adaptation plan which emphasize the climate risk and vulnerability assessments (CRVA). Symptoms of [...]

Welcome to Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Covenant of Mayors Asia

The Regional Covenant of Mayors in Asia helps coordinate and support engagement with participating cities. It encourages climate action at the local level and helps build a community of committed signatories around it.

Whatever the size or location of their jurisdiction, the mayors and local leaders in this alliance stand ready to take concrete measures with long-term impact to tackle the interconnected challenges of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and access to sustainable energy.

GCoM Program Challenges

Adaptation to climate change

Adopting an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation ensures consistency of actions, creates synergies and co-benefits, increases cost-efficiency, and helps avoid maladaptation. For more information on how to create a truly integrated approach and address the inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation, check out this short article and this explanation on Climate-ADAPT.

Climate Change Mitigation

The GCoM signatory cities and local governments act to voluntarily meet targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions (or low emission development targets) for their whole community, identify climate risks and vulnerabilities, and implement mitigation and adaptation measures.

In addition, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy also aims to address increased access to sustainable energy.

Access to clean Energy

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fostering Local Climate Resilience: The Global Covenant of Mayors emphasizes the importance of climate change mitigation (also referred to as low emission development for the Global South) and adaptation to a changing climate, as well as increased access to sustainable energy.

Cities and local governments committing to the GCoM as of 1 January 2017 will need to establish a target covering the territory of the local authority for GHG emissions reductions, make a commitment to tackle climate change adaptation and resilience, and increased access to clean and affordable energy.

Cities and local governments should strive to set targets that are at least as ambitious, and preferably more ambitious, than their respective government’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. Further, they need to be in line with National Adaptation Plans (where these exist), and be consistent with the principles around energy access and urban sustainability embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Asian Mayors Event's

  • 14
    October 14, 2019

    Module 4 - Climate Financing and Project Identifications

    All day

    The fourth training module of GCoM activities implemented by the IUC Asia will focus on climate financing in cities, with a focus on the overall financing process. The training will be provided for up to 50 representatives from local governments/authorities in Malaysia. The activity will be supported by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) as well as by selected GCoM partners (CDP, UCLG ASPAC). After the training, a follow up thematic discussion and networking event of the Global Covenant of Mayors will take place in order to communicate progress and next steps of cities on their local action on climate change in Malaysia.

    The training will be organised with Seberang Perai as the co-host city in junction with the 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum in Penang, Malaysia.

  • 17
    October 17, 2019

    City Climate Tools Focus Group Discussion

    16:00 -18:00
    IUC Asia Booth, APUF 7 Exhibition Area
    Setia Spice Convention Center, Penang, Malaysia


    The European Union through the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) Asia is proud to host the collaboration of GCoM Global Secretariat and Bloomberg Associates in a special session dedicated to decision makers, researchers and academia on how to improve and optimize cities’ climate tools in planning and decision making.

    City Climate Tools Focus Group Discussion

    Facilitated by Bloomberg Associates and the GCoM Global Secretariat, and organised by the European Union through International Urban Cooperation, this session will focus on gathering deep input and perspective from a diverse set of cities on their climate planning experience. Discussion will focus on the following topics:

    • How are cities planning for climate action in different regions of the world?
    • How does city capacity impact which tools are used?
    • Where along climate action planning do cities incur the biggest challenges and why?
    • Which phase(s) of the climate action journey takes the longest to complete and why?


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