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Launch of the largest global coalition of cities to fight climate change

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On 22 June 2016, the world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change.


This single initiative will create the largest global coalition of cities committed to climate leadership, building on the commitments of more than 7,100 cities from 119 countries and six continents, representing more than 600 million inhabitants, over 8% of the world’s population. It will increase efforts to build even greater momentum for city-level climate action, provide greater clarity for cities and ensure more consistent and comparable data – giving investors the ability to see that the actions cities have been taking are having lasting, verifiable, and most importantly, investable impact.


Through their participation in the Global Covenant of Mayors, and with the support of founding partners, cities and local governments will:


  • promote their ambitious shared vision worldwide, to become low-carbon or carbon-neutral, adapted to climate change, resilient for future changes, and providing universal access to clean and affordable energy;
  • consolidate the leading role for cities and local governments in tackling climate change, based on consistent and transparent data collection and reporting with a connection to the United Nations
  • develop the institutional political processes that make effective action possible by embedding climate action into municipal processes, structures and policies;
  • move towards transparent standard procedures and methodologies to increase international accountability; and
  • promote systems and actions for increased access to clean energy consistent with a low-carbon vision.


The new initiative will include an advisory group of global financial institutions to ensure that cities are attractive for investors, as well as an advisory group of global and regional city networks. This group should ensure connectivity to international and local efforts, to connect technical assistance and engagement to the broader global context.


On 23 June, a transition will begin to manage all activities of this coalition under the guidance of the new Board, supported by a Global Secretariat. A “Founders’ Council,” including representatives from global city networks and the European Commission will provide recommendations on strategic and technical issues for the Board. The new initiative will go “live” by 1 January 2017.



For further information, please visit the relevant European Commission press release at the link below.