Tackling climate change: Global Covenant of Mayors launches it South Asia chapter

To tackle the effects of climate change, the Global for (GCoM) today launched a chapter for South Asian countries and urged mayors and commissioners from as well as local governments across the region to join the coalition and commit to moving towards a low-carbon and climate resilient economy.

The Global for Climate & Energy-(GCoM-SA) aims to support the efforts of cities in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and to reduce and make their communities more resilient toward the effects of climate change.

It was launched within the context of the South Asian Cities Summit and with support from the (EU)-funded International Urban Cooperation programme in and city network partners.

and former of Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, who was the behind the historic Paris Agreement, said the aim is to let the cities have a reach and voice on how global actions and policies to tackle climate change can ensure benefit for the people.

“Tackling climate change in South Asian cities is about delivering this opportunity for economic development, jobs, growth, long-term resilience and improving quality of life. It is also about ensuring that we reach the global climate turning point to bend the curve of emission downward by 2020 to ensure the long-term resilience of our cities and other areas,” Figueres said.

“The leadership demonstrated by participation of cities in the South Asian regional chapter of the Global is an essential part of ensuring that we grab this critical opportunity to create a better world,” she said.

Tomasz Kozlowski, the of the to India, said, “Through International Urban Cooperation programme, the EU will support the South Asian secretariat, develop context-relevant GCoM material, support the technical as well as promote scientific assessment processes inspired by best practices from the and 

According to a release, and today committed to join this coalition of cities. Till date, 14 cities in representing a population of more than 36 million have committed to the covenant.

It said, “Indian cities will host 200 million more people by 2030… The country’s future urban planning and implementation will have a decisive influence on global climate and impact international efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions,” a statement said.

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