Compact of Mayors and European Covenant of Mayors join forces in the New Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
As of 22 June 2016, the Compact of Mayors and European Covenant of Mayors have joined forces to tackle climate change. These two coalitions are coming together to create a larger global initiative that demonstrates the substantial impact of local action in mitigating and responding to the effects of climate change.
The new Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, co-chaired by the United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg and European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, will be the largest global coalition of cities and towns committed to climate leadership. It builds on the commitments of more than 7,100 cities and town from 119 countries and six continents, representing more than 600 million inhabitants –over 8% of the global population.
The new Global Covenant was launched at a morning press conference in Brussels, Belgium, where Michael Bloomberg and Maroš Šefčovič joined Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Patrick Klugman, Deputy Mayor in charge of international relations, in announcing the new initiative, which will contribute to the achievement of global climate goals.
"The global [Paris] agreement requires global response because cities and regions should inspire each other and learn from each other's best practices," said Maroš Šefčovič. "Cities worldwide want to actively contribute to the successful implementation of Paris. They want to make their contributions visible and transparent.”
"Putting these organizations together, working together, fighting the same battle, we really can make a difference" Michael Bloomberg stated.
For more information on the merger, please refer to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy website where you can find the official press release and fact sheet.
L to R: Maroš Šefčovič, Michael Bloomberg, Christina Figueres, Patrick Klugman