GCOM for Climate and Energy side-event: Mayors4Ambition

The Clima-Med project and the Mayors of two of its affiliated cities in Lebanon have joined on December 10, the session on “Sub-Saharan and other regions: Synergies between access to energy and climate change” at the EU Pavilion.

The GCoM Day followed-up on the progress of Covenant cities on advancing their commitments to reduce CO2 emissions. Organisers of the event were the European Commission’s DG CLIMA, Global Covenant of Mayors Secretariat, regional Covenant of Mayors Secretariats, the Committee of the Regions, ICLE, global and regional city networks.

The participants in the GCoM Day discussed the outcomes from the recently released summary of Urban policies report, which takes the IPPC report of 1.5 degree and brings it down to the scale and level of cities. The President of the European Committee of the Regions Mr. Markku Markulla presented the COP24 special best practice brochure, prepared by the CoR to increase the visibility of cities and regions stepping-up with climate actions.

Mr. El Mouallem, Mayor of the city of Kab Elias in Lebanon was one of the panelists of this event and delivered a speech on the situation in what he called “high priority intervention cities”, such as those undergoing conflicts and wars – and are highly affected by Climate Change. He spoke about the case in Kab Elias, which is damaged by environmental degradation caused by high concentration of displaced Syrian refugees. Mr. El Mouallem exposed the negative impacts including the very high propagation of cancerous diseases, which are about to reach 25% of the population. He suggested that priority of interventions should be assessed and taken into consideration by all actors, specifically by the Covenant of Mayors initiatives; Kab Elias is a Member of the CoM.

Clima-Med/GGGI joint side event:

Supporting Access to Green and Climate Finance in the Mediterranean and Southeast Europe

The Clima-Med and the GGGI projects held a joint side-event organised by the European Union and the Government of Hungary on December 10, with a thematic focus on Climate Finance.

The event was an opportunity for our team to present the proposed methodologies for the MENA region, learn about potential good practices to scale-up climate finance and strengthen cross-regional cooperation and financial synergies. Organisers of the event were the European Union, Government of Hungary; Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI); Clima-Med Project.

The session started with introductory words of UfM Senior Deputy Mr. Jorge Borrego and the Director-General of GGGI, Frank Rijsberman and a presentation of Senior Climate Change Specialist at the European Investment Bank, Mr. Peter Anderson. It was followed by a panel discussion involving high-level representatives from the Ministry of Innovation and Technology in Hungary, the Ministry of Environment in Lebanon, the Ministry of Environmental Protection in Serbia, the Ministry of the Environment in Czech Republic, the Central & South-East Europe Initiative of the European Climate Foundation and the Clima-Med Team Leader.

Government representatives gave an overview of ongoing and new initiatives and methodologies proposed for both the Balkans and South Mediterranean regions to scale up climate finance and strengthen cross-regional cooperation and financial synergies; they explored as well how to boost private sectors to better investment benefiting from political, social and institutional support. They presented their respective specific regulations and initiatives that have had a positive impact for the development of investments and uptake of the energy efficient initiatives; climate finance challenges in the regions as well as ongoing needs.

Meeting with UCLG Africa Secretary General

In parallel of the CoP 24 events, Clima-Med Team leader, Naguib Amin and UCLG Secretary General for UCLG Africa,  Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi,  met in the presence of UCLG Regional Director Ms. Juliet Mekone Sale; they agreed to take first steps to establish a full-fledge coordination between the Project and UCLG; within this cooperation the Clima-Med project will share its tools and knowhow and explore all areas of complementarity to facilitate the engagement of UCLG cities in the preparation of their SECAPs and therefore, benefit from the strategies to develop and the trainings to conduct. Naguib Amin is member of the UCLG Climate Task Force.