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GCoM Southeast Asia Pilot Cities Launch Ambitious Climate Action Plans as Significant Milestone of the GCoM Asia Project

8 Southeast Asian cities will present ambitious city-level climate initiatives developed in collaboration with technical partners from Asia and the European Union.

Bangkok, Thailand — On March 30-31, representatives from the 8 GCoM Southeast Asia pilot cities will present and share their Climate Action Plans (CAPs) as part of the GCoM Southeast Asia Regional Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. These CAPs are the culmination of in-depth collaboration and extensive public consultations between the pilot cities, GCoM Asia technical partners, and other relevant stakeholders over the last 2 years. The launch of the CAPs represents a significant milestone for the GCoM Asia project, which was launched by the European Union in January 2021 to facilitate and support city climate action in Asia. 

EU delegations, technical partners from various EU and Southeast Asian institutions, and representatives from other GCoM signatory cities in Asia and Europe will also attend the workshop and exchange relevant solutions, ideas, and best practices to support the development and implementation of the CAPs. This workshop will enable important discussions on methodology, thematic focus, and strategic implementation, as well as promote greater collaboration between EU and Asian partners in furthering city climate action across the region. 

The 8 pilot cities that will launch their CAPs at the event are: Medan, North Minahasa, Pontianak, and Tangerang (Indonesia); and Iskandar Puteri, Segamat, Petaling Jaya, and Putrajaya (Malaysia). Additionally, there will be a signing ceremony to commemorate Bangkok joining the GCoM Alliance and committing to effective city climate action.

Sharing sessions and panels have also been organised as part of the workshop to facilitate deeper conversation between EU and Asian partners. Signatory cities will share best practices and strategies on key thematic focuses such as low carbon development, circular economy, and nature-based solutions. Technical partners will discuss methodology challenges and data collection issues, with a panel moderated by the EU Foreign Policy Instruments (EU-FPI) on peer reviewing methodologies and a panel moderated by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EU-JRC) on adaptation measures. The workshop will take place at the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok, and will culminate in a site visit to the CU Centenary Park, one of Bangkok’s sustainable landscape solutions to address urban flooding during the rainy season. 



About GCoM Asia Project:

Launched by the European Union in January 2021, the GCoM Asia project provides resources, technical expertise, and support to cities across Asia in developing and implementing sustainable energy and climate action at the local urban level. The project covers work throughout Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam), South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan), and East Asia (South Korea, Japan, and China). 

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