Since the official launch of the Compact of Mayors in September 2014 and over the course of its first year of activity, important milestones have been achieved. In total, 428 cities and towns have committed to the Compact of Mayors in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North and South America. Of these 428 committed cities, 43 are fully compliant with the Compact of Mayors – meaning they have reported according to the robust reporting framework on both climate change mitigation and adaptation commitments, inventories and actions. These figures were announced to a packed room at the COP 21 on Monday December 7th 2015 at an official COP21/CMP11 Side Event on the Compact of Mayors, co-organized by ICLEI and UCLG.
This side event, moderated by Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI, provided an opportunity for dialogue to explore options for enhanced engagement of local and sub-national governments in raising the level of ambition and accelerating climate action at all levels, based on the outcomes of COP21. Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Advocacy at ICLEI further stressed the important role of cities and local governments regarding climate change by providing an overview of the efforts undertaken by local and subnational governments since 1993.
The Compact of Mayors Management Committee, including the Compact of Mayors Secretariat at Bloomberg Philanthropies, C40, ICLEI and UCLG took the stage to present the nature of the Compact of Mayors and its compliance requirements in terms of target setting, GHG inventory, risk assessment as well as climate mitigation and adaptation planning. Several tools to support cities to successfully achieve compliance with the Compact were presented, such as the free online GHG inventory tool "ClearPath", and the "Climate Risk and Adaptation Framework and Taxonomy (CRAFT)". For more information on Compact requirements and support to achieve full compliance, please visit our website.
Following these statements, several committed and compliant cities – representing a diversity of regions and sizes - shared their motivation for joining the Compact and the benefits of joining this ambition-raising global initiative.
- Mayor Cownie of des Moines, US noted the usefulness of ClearPath which can enable cities to compare their work, set targets, make reductions and commit to the Compact.
- Mayor Nxumalo of Durban, South Africa stressed how the Compact of Mayors provides the necessary framework to address mitigation and adaptation jointly.
- Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan of Catbalogan, the Philippines, urged regional cooperation, underscoring rapid urbanization and high vulnerability of cities, requiring a comprehensive response to tackle climate change.
- Mayor Ferguson of Bristol, UK also highlighted how the Compact can enable cooperation and comparison between cities across the world.