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IUC-Asia to Showcase Its Programme at Paris Peace Forum 2019

IUC-Asia to Showcase Its Programme at Paris Peace Forum 2019

The Paris Peace Forum was launched last year on 11 November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. There were 65 Heads of States and Governments in attendance, as well as high-level representatives from the European Commission. This year, from 11-13 November, the Forum will convene once again. As part […]

Malaysian Cities Strengthen Capacity to Attain Financing for Climate Actions

Malaysian Cities Strengthen Capacity to Attain Financing for Climate Actions

Thirty-four participants from 14 Malaysian cities attended the training on climate financing on 14-15 October 2019 in Seberang Perai and Penang, in conjunction with the 7th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF 7). Focusing on overall climate financing process for cities, the training was part of EU’s IUC Asia’s training cycle for cities committed to the Global […]

IUC-Asia engaging with key urban development experts at the Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7), Penang, Malaysia

IUC-Asia engaging with key urban development experts at the Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7), Penang, Malaysia

The IUC ASIA Programme participated at the Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7), held in Penang, Malaysia, from 15-17 October 2019. The programme organised a series of activities including: IUC Training on Municipal Finance for Malaysian Pilot Cities (C2) A series of Presentations by EU Cities Labs at the EU IUC Booth Two IUC Cluster Meetings […]

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

  • 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.

  • City Climate Tools Focus Group Discussion
    16:00 -18:00

    Setia Spice Convention Center, Penang, Malaysia

    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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