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Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

Cities account for seventy percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. They’re also where the people are: two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. For cities, taking action on climate change is the sensible course — and mayors have led the way, taking on a global leadership role in the fight against climate change. Their efforts are good for the environment, as well as public health and the economy. 

Co-chaired by Mike Bloomberg, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM)is a large-scale, determined response to climate change from metropolitan leaders around the world. The Global Covenant is built on the commitment of over 10,000 cities and local governments across 139 countries in 6 continents, representing more than 800 million people, all working to meet and exceed the Paris Agreement objectives.

The Global Covenant works through an alliance of local, regional, and global city networks to create ambitious, measurable targets that address climate change by reducing and limiting greenhouse gas emissions and increasing deployment and access to clean, renewable energy. The Global Covenant uses measurement and reporting as a critical tool to hold cities accountable and encourage cross-network sharing and adopting of best practices. Among its major initiatives are Invest4Cities, which helps cities access finance for their climate mitigation efforts, Data4Cities, which measures and manages cities’ climate ambition and progress, and Innovate4Cities, which answers the most pressing questions cities and local governments ask when evaluating why and how to take climate action.

Top photo: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto; Accra, Ghana Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah; Chefchaouen, Morocco Mayor Mohammed Sefiani; European Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič; Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Germany Eckart Würzner; Nagpur, Former India Mayor Nanda Jichkar; Mike Bloomberg; Former Vice-Chair of Global Covenant of Mayors Christiana Figueres; Former Mayor of Vancouver, Canada and Global Covenant of Mayors Ambassador Gregor Robertson; Seoul, Korea Metropolitan Government Represenative Ami Koo; Global Covenant of Mayors Executive Director Amanda Eichel.