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Thailand | Welcoming Hua Hin as the First City from Thailand to GCoM Network

Thailand | Welcoming Hua Hin as the First City from Thailand to GCoM Network

Hua Hin, 20 June 2022 | Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) community is welcoming Hua Hin as the first Thailand city officially signed the GCoM commitment letter, confirming their strong ambition towards Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Paris Agreement. Under the GCoM Asia Project funded by the European Union, Hua

Southeast Asia | World Environment Day 2022:  The Best Therapy to Heal What Have Been Broken

Southeast Asia | World Environment Day 2022: The Best Therapy to Heal What Have Been Broken

While maintaining our surroundings is crucial to creating harmonious life for our future well-being, we are faced with many environmental issues to deal with. World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5, is a momentum to bring attention to environmental problems. The World Environment Day 2022 global campaign #OnlyOneEarth calls for transformative changes to policies and choices

Malaysia | FGD for Preparation of Petaling Jaya Climate Action Plan 2030

Malaysia | FGD for Preparation of Petaling Jaya Climate Action Plan 2030

The Global Covenant of Mayors Southeast Asia region (GCoM SEA) together with implementing partner Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and GCOM pilot city of Petaling Jaya held their Focus Group Discussion (FGD) for the preparation of Petaling Jaya Climate Action Plan 2030 under the GCOM Common Reporting Framework on 31 May 2022. The session kick-started with a welcome speech by YBhg. Tuan Mohamad Azhan

Welcome to Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

GCoM Southeast Asia

The Global Covenant of Mayors Southeast Asia (GCoM SEA) helps coordinate and support engagement with participating cities in Southeast Asia. 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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