The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM, or "the Covenant") is an international alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society.
It is the largest council climate program in the world. Currently 7,746 cities, representing 723,151,493 people worldwide and 9.83% of the total global population, have committed to the Covenant.
In the Oceania region, 36 councils have now committed to the GCoM, with 26 in Australia, 5 in New Zealand and another 5 in the Pacific.
We're aware of over a dozen more councils keen on signing up, including many of the 80 councils who have developed community greenhouse gas inventories (which is the first step to complete after you sign up!) throughout Australia. These councils recognise that the GCoM is supported by key leading international local government and sustainability organisations (like ICLEI, C40, CDP, UCLG and the UN), has a robust but simple framework, and has buy-in from councils around the world.
Global Covenant of Mayors - Consultation Open
A new draft common global reporting framework has been released and ICLEI Oceania are urgently seeking feedback from councils, government and other stakeholders. The consultation formally invites current and future GCoM councils and other stakeholders to provide feedback on the new draft common reporting framework.
To find out more about what this means, you're invited to a webinar at 2:00pm-3:00pm (AEST) on Wednesday 23rd May where ICLEI Oceania and partners will provide background on the process, explain what it all means and answer any questions.
Webinar: Wednesday 23rd May 2pm AEST
If your council ticks one of these boxes then we think you should come along to the webinar:
- You're one of the 36 councils in the region who have committed to the GCoM
- You're one of the dozens of councils in the region interested in committing to the GCoM
- You have an interest in developing greenhouse gas emissions inventories; target setting; risk and vulnerability assessments; and climate action and energy access planning.
- You're interested in being involved in the development of a genuinely council-run climate change program for Australian local government
- You want to have your say on what the GCoM reporting will look like.
There's more background information out there including:
- The consultation invitation letter from ICLEI Oceania
- The draft framework being proposed by the GCoM World Secretariat which includes the recommendations around greenhouse gas emissions inventories; target setting; risk and vulnerability assessments; and climate action and energy access planning
- The online survey to provide feedback to the draft framework
- Contact ICLEI Oceania if you want to jump on board and commit to the GCoM.
However most importantly please come along to the webinar so you can provide informed feedback:
When: 2pm (AEST) Wednesday 23rd May
Where: At your desk
How: Register here
Who: Facilitated by ICLEI Oceania, GCoM Oceania lead.