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.
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).
Knowledge Management Forum for Indonesian Cities - Mitigation and Adaptation Actions Towards Climate Resilience Development for a Sustainable Cityhttps://www.asian-mayors.eu/event/knowledge-management-forum-for-indonesian-cities-mitigation-and-adaptation-actions-towards-climate-resilience-development-for-a-sustainable-city/
The Knowledge Management Forum is an annual platform for cities across Indonesia to share and learn amongst themselves as well as having dialogue with relevant institutions/agencies focusing on certain thematic topic. Aiming to enable participating city governments to learn from others’ experiences and replicate the best practices suitable to their needs. This year in coordination with IUC Asia, GCoM Southeast Asia Secretariat, UCLG ASPAC, APEKSI and City Tangerang, the Forum will focus on Mitigation and Adaptation Actions Towards Climate Resilience Development for a Sustainable City.
The Forum will invite up to 25 representatives from GCoM cities and local governments under the Climate Change Working Group in Indonesia. The activity will be supported by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) as well as by selected GCoM partners (ICLEI, UCLG ASPAC, IUC Asia). During the event, thematic discussion on Mitigation and Adaptation, as well as networking session of the Global Covenant of Mayors will take place in order to promote activities local action on climate change in Indonesia. This includes official signing ceremony of 6 (six) new cities committed to the GCoM, out of which 5 (five) have been selected as pilot for the IUC Asia Project activity.