The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an international alliance built upon the commitment of over 9,000 cities and local governments. These cities hail from 6 continents and 131 countries. In total, they represent more than 800 million people. By 2030, Global Covenant cities and local governments could collectively reduce 1.3 billion tons of CO2 emissions per year. That’s the equivalent of taking 276 million cars off the road. The cities and partners of the Global Covenant of Mayors share a long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low-carbon emission, resilient society, based on the following core principles:

Local Governments are Key Contributors: The Global Covenant of Mayors works to organize and mobilize cities and local governments to be active contributors to a global climate solution.

City Networks as Critical Partners: Local, regional and global city networks are core partners, serving as the primary support for participating cities and local governments.

A Robust Solution Agenda: Focusing on those sectors where cities have the greatest impact, the Global Covenant of Mayors supports ambitious, locally relevant solutions, captured through strategic action plans that are registered, implemented, monitored and publicly available.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fostering Local Climate Resilience: The Global Covenant of Mayors emphasizes the importance of climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as increased access to clean and affordable energy.

Increasingly, cities and local governments across the globe are heeding the call to act. With nations working towards the goals of the Paris climate agreement, cities’ involvement could not be more urgent.

Co-chaired by European Commission Vice President, Maroš Šefčovič, and Former New York City Mayor and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, with the support of global and regional city networks, as well as numerous partners worldwide the Global Covenant of Mayors represents the strongest and clearest signal to national governments that cities are not only acting to stop the effects of climate change, they are leading and leading together.

Current impact of the GCoM: overview of committed cities and local governments worldwide

Regional Covenants

Regional/National Covenants of Mayors for Climate & Energy are being developed with the aim of comprehensively supporting every municipality and local government in the world. Each Covenant is a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors alliance, engaging with local governments and other local entities to encourage local level climate action while simultaneously building a community of committed signatories to the initiative. ClimaMed is supporting the GCoM in 8 countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.