On December 4th 2015 during COP21, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg and the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici announced that the Compact of Mayors and Covenant of Mayors will formally become partners. This historic partnership between the two initiatives will promote and support voluntary local and subnational climate action.
The Compact of Mayors is a global coalition of 439 mayors committed to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change and track their progress transparently. Committed cities and towns represent 377,898,853 inhabitants. Of these, 43 cities have already achieved full compliance with the Compact’s requirements - meaning they have reported according to the robust reporting framework on both climate change mitigation and adaptation commitments, inventories and action.
The Covenant of Mayors is an initiative of the European Union, which brings together 6,656 European cities and towns voluntarily committed to implement EU climate and energy objectives in their towns, cities and regions. The Covenant signatories represent 211 million inhabitants.
The partnership between the two initiatives signals a renewed effort to demonstrate the global impact of local and subnational action and embodies the proposal that they are key contributors to a global solution. The objective of this partnership is to support cities and local governments in achieving emission reductions and adapting to inevitable climate change impacts. To do so, it recognizes the importance of city networks to support participating cities and local governments.
The Compact- Covenant partnership will work with local and subnational governments around the world to ensure robust climate adaptation and mitigation agendas with particular attention to the sectors traditionally falling under their mandates, such as transportation and buildings. In practice, the partnership will enable the two initiatives to streamline the reporting systems which allow local governments to measure their work.
Michael R. Bloomberg and Pierre Moscovici spoke for the Compact of Mayors and Covenant of Mayors respectively, and both applauded the newly established partnership. “The Compact of Mayors reflects the strong commitment of cities to reduce carbon emissions and the crucial role they play in confronting climate change. Collaboration between cities is fueling their progress, and that’s why we’re joining forces with the Covenant of Mayors,” said Bloomberg. “By combining the resources of two growing coalitions, this partnership will help demonstrate the impact of city climate action at a critical moment – and help pave the way for bolder action by cities and by national governments around the world.” Moscovici highlighted the “long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary city action to combat climate change” of the partnership and ensured that cities have played a “tremendous role” in the lead-up to the COP21 outcome. We look forward to the next steps of the Compact-Covenant partnerships and supporting local and subnational governments engage in the momentum started in Paris.
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Compact of Mayors
Covenant of Mayors