WHAT IS THE GLOBAL COVENANT OF MAYORS?
On June 22, 2016, the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors announced the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, a newly merged initiative to bring these two efforts together.
The Global Covenant of Mayors is a historic and powerful response by the world’s cities to address the climate challenge. It is the broadest global alliance committed to climate leadership, representing more than 600 million residents.
Local Governments are Key Contributors
The Global Covenant of Mayors works to organize and mobilize cities and local governments to be active contributors to a global climate solution.
City Networks as Critical Partners
Local, regional and global city networks are core partners, serving as the primary support for participating cities and local governments.
A Robust Solution Agenda
Focusing on those sectors where cities have the greatest impact, the Global Covenant of Mayors supports ambitious, locally relevant solutions, captured through strategic action plans that are registered, implemented and monitored and publicly available.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fostering Local Climate Resilience
The Global Covenant of Mayors emphasizes the importance of climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as increased access to clean and affordable energy.
More and more cities and local governments across the globe are taking action, making a powerful contribution to meeting the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy was formed in June 2016 when the world’s two largest initiatives focused on municipal-led climate action — the Compact of Mayors and the EU Covenant of Mayors — merged to form one united initiative working towards a resilient and low-emission society. Since then, “regional covenants” have taken shape in different parts of the world to provide context-specific support to local governments that wish to join this rapidly expanding global network of 10,000+ cities that are committed to voluntary climate action. Learn more on the history of the Global Covenant of Mayors and its global partners here.
The Global Covenant of Mayors in Canada is a collaboration between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, ICLEI Canada, the Global Covenant of Mayors Secretariat and the International Urban Cooperation Project supported by funding from the European Union. The initiative combines two leading domestic climate programs, the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program and Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC), with the leading global climate program. Together we can further advance Canadian local climate action by adding value, opportunities and streamlined support for members.