Days before the opening of the COP21 conference in Paris, France, the Compact of Mayors and its partners are reaching important milestones. These range from new commitments from cities and towns all over the globe, to political support from governments and other partners, as well as achieving a glowing list of “fully compliant” local governments that have achieved this ultimate pinnacle already in 2015.
Earlier this week, the US government announced that over 100 US cities have now committed to the Compact of Mayors, thereby surpassing the goal set by President Obama in August 2015. However, this is not the only country where mobilization is taking place! As More and more city commitments pour in everyday and great progress is being made in Brazil and the Philippines. The Nordic Mayors are also engaging actively - to mention but a few.
Today, ICLEI is delighted to announce the full compliance of 20 local governments , who join the previous 11 cities that have achieved this status (i.e. Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Melbourne, New York, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney and Washington DC). These 20 new cities and towns, supported by ICLEI in reporting full compliance, represent 30,776,425 inhabitants from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Oceania. Among them, Seoul is the city of Mayor Park Won-soon, the President of ICLEI who has been actively advocating for cities and towns around the globe to join the Compact of Mayors since taking on his presidency April 2015. Another highlight is New Taipei City, as the first city in Asia to achieve full compliance – congratulations!.
The 20 cities and towns that are announced as fully Compact compliant, supported through ICLEI is as follows (in alphabetical order):
Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei
New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
Tainan, Chinese Taipei
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Taichung, Chinese Taipei
Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain*
Durban, South Africa
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain*
To achieve full compliance with the Compact of Mayors these local governments have successfully completed all the Compact requirements starting with their registration and commitment reporting on the carbonn® climate Registry (cCR) or CDP. They have reported a GHG inventory compliant with the Global Protocol for Community-based GHG Emission Inventories (GPC). Finally, having a GHG reduction target and an action plan(s) addressing both climate change mitigation and adaptation, they are clear on the pathway to be followed to reduce emissions, enhance resilience and adapt to climate change.
To achieve compliance, the cities have benefitted from technical support and guidance from the ICLEI World Secretariat and regional offices, with access to the Compact of Mayors Tools for Cities. The Spanish cities also members of the Basque Network of Municipalities for Sustainability (UDALSAREA 21) (as marked with *) and have received technical support from this city network too. The announced compliance of the 10 local governments in Spain, also celebrates the cooperation between ICLEI and UDALSAREA 21 - showing the power of regional and local networks in mobilizing and supporting their members to become driving forces to address climate change. More on the Compact of Mayors:
The Compact was established by the world’s global city networks – C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) – with support from UN-Habitat and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg.