Ten DAC signatories were amongst 36 mayors that pledged their commitment to the Compact of Mayors at the recent ICLEI World Congress, held in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Compact of Mayors is made up of global city leaders that have voluntarily committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change.
Seoul (South Korea), Shimla (India), Singra (Bangladesh), Vancouver (Canada), Seriferisar (Turkey), Johannesburg (South Africa), Durban (South Africa), Cape Town (South Africa), Dakar (Senegal) and San Rafael de Heredia (Costa Rica) were the ten DAC signatory cities that committed to the Compact of Mayors during the ICLEI World Congress which was held from the 8th to 12th of April 2015.
The Compact of Mayors was launched at the 2014 UN Climate Summit and aims to establish a common platform to capture the impact of cities’ collective actions through consistent, public reporting of their efforts. Through such commitments, cities around the world are demonstrating collective leadership to fight climate change at a local level.
“The Compact reflects the commitment that cities are making to reduce carbon emissions and the crucial role they play in creating a healthier future. As nations come together to negotiate a global climate treaty later this year, the Compact of Mayors offers proof that international cooperation on climate change can produce big results,” said Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cities and Climate Change.
To take part in the Compact, cities are required to register their climate mitigation and adaptation targets, and report on their vulnerability assessments and emissions inventories on a recognised public reporting platform such as the carbonn Climate Registry or the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Cities platform.
One of the Congress meetings outcomes was the Seoul Action Plan that outlines Seoul’s commitment to support the Compact of Mayors and mobilise other local leaders around the world to commit and work with the global city networks leading the Compact. The Seoul Action Plan encompasses a series of practical plans that will effectively address climate change through sustainable development, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, planning low emission development, responding to the impacts of climate change, and intensifying city to city cooperation.
Another outcome of the ICLEI World Congress was the launch of the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) that aims to improve access to existing capital flows to cities and regions, as well as catalysing and accelerating additional capital flows from public and private investors.
“The Transformative Actions Program is the result of an inclusive and cooperative effort by networks of local and subnational governments to accelerate implementation of climate action. The TAP seeks to scale up direct investments and increase (sic) engagement in national and global mechanisms focusing on capacity building, technology transfer and finance, supported by national government and by financing institutions that can fund accelerated action,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI.
The first TAP Pavilion will be held at the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in December 2015. High-level representatives of local and subnational authorities will address key messages to national delegations and financing institutions.