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Iskandar City Shares Experience in Attaining Private Investments for Climate Projects at COP 25

Iskandar City Shares Experience in Attaining Private Investments for Climate Projects at COP 25

Excellent panel session at COP 25’s GCoM Day on Unlocking Urban Investment Opportunities on Monday, 9 December 2019 . Panelists spoke of ensuring good plans are in place which can be used to attract partnerships with the private sector in financing public projects that benefit the city. Datuk Ismail Ibrahim of Iskandar, Malaysia – one […]

IUC Asia/GCoM Southeast Asia Strengthens Palembang Capacity in Conducting Vulnerability & Risk Analysis

IUC Asia/GCoM Southeast Asia Strengthens Palembang Capacity in Conducting Vulnerability & Risk Analysis

International Urban Cooperation (IUC) Asia and Global Covenant of Mayor (GCoM) cooperate with the Government of Indonesia in developing cities Climate Action Plan (CAPs), according to the GCoM Common Reporting Framework, delivering actions consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. As part of the initiative, Palembang has been committed to develop a CAP that […]

IUC Asia Helpdesk and Southeast Asian Cities Participate in GCoM Open House and IUC City-to-City Events

IUC Asia Helpdesk and Southeast Asian Cities Participate in GCoM Open House and IUC City-to-City Events

Two important events related to the effort of cities to combat climate change took place in Brussels, Belgium in the end of November 2019. The Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) Secretariat organised an open house inviting helpdesks and secretariats of GCoM from different regions of the world in its headquarter in Brussels, Belgium on 19,20 […]

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

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    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.

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    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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