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City Story – Depok City Optimises Waste Processing Facilities

City Story – Depok City Optimises Waste Processing Facilities

The city administration of Depok, Indonesia has been trying to minimize the density of waste going to the city’s overloaded landfill. The Head of Depok Environment Agency, Ety Surhayati, stated that one of the strategies to minimize the waste going to the landfill is to optimize the waste processing facilities. In 2019, Depok manages 30 […]

IUC Asia and UN-Habitat Explore Pilot Cities in Vietnam

IUC Asia and UN-Habitat Explore Pilot Cities in Vietnam

IUC Asia and UN Habitat organised a road show to three Vietnamese cities named Can Tho, Da Nang and Tam Ky on 10-14 February 2020 with the objectives of (1) discussing the project’s expected results, proposed cooperation items and tentative workplan; (2) discussing with city leaders the possibilities of creating a Climate Action Plan core […]

Hang Tuah Jaya Shows Interest in Joining GCoM

Hang Tuah Jaya Shows Interest in Joining GCoM

Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council (HTJMC) invited the GCoM SEA Secretariat to attend a briefing and discussion session on future collaboration between Hang Tuah Jaya and the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) Southeast Asia Secretariat on 20 January 2020 in Hang Tuah Jaya, Malaysia. The meeting aimed to provide GCoM related information and knowledge to […]

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).

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