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Addressing Core Challenges in Climate Finance: Reducing the
Cycle Gaps towards Climate Investment

GCoM Southeast Asia and the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) Asia HelpDesk (the Helpdesk), a programme funded by the EU, have been assisting pilot cities to enhance their capacities to develop the Climate Action Plans (CAPs). Developing a CAP allows City to define climate mitigation and adaptation strategies based on evidence-based approach with the engagement of all relevant stakeholders.

The capacity of cities to cope with climate change and its impacts is varied. That makes the global distribution of financial resources is crucial and highly needed. The undeniable vitality of climate finance emphasises the urgency to warrant its optimal and well-aimed distribution.

In recognition of the global financing opportunities, the  HelpDesk is assisting pilot cities to acquire the City Climate Finance Gap Fund (CCFGF), an initiative launched by GCoM along with German and Luxembourg Governments. If selected, cities will obtain technical assistance from CCFGF for next step development of their low-carbon and resilient urban infrastructure projects reflected in their CAPs.  The CCFGF is unique as it will help cities in the early phases of the project: 1) to clearly define the climate-related challenges that they face (project definition stage), and 2) to demonstrate the feasibility of the project proposed as the solution (pre-feasibility stage). Technical assistance on the project preparation and the completion of the pre-investment cycle is definitely crucial for project bankability. Realising the importance, IUC Asia Team has started preparing cities for the opportunity. 
Penampang District (Malaysia) is one of the pilot cities that have gone through the preparation process.

Penampang District, with a population of 93,616, is facing the constant threat of major flooding that costs them significant socio-economic loss. Recognising CCFGF prospects, IUC Asia Team helped the local government to identify the core issue of flood prevention and enable them to present a feasible work plan.

IUC Asia Team has also started the preparation process for other cities such as Hang Tuah Jaya and Muar to conduct the preliminary identification on several promising projects, including the one on renewable energy. Technical input has been provided to broaden the scope of projects.

Good stakeholder engagement that enables discussion of projects is a key factor in creating and implementing CAPs and exploring funding. With the preparation is conducted in parallel with CAP creation, IUC Asia Team expects that cities are better equipped to apply for financing opportunities similar to CCFGF after or even before their CAP concludes.
City Stories
As the COVID-19 outbreak restricts people’s movement and mobility, IUC Asia has adapted and shifted most of its works virtually. The online discussion covers various issues that seek to advance city’s climate action plan and its implementation. Here are some of the stories:
Indonesia: IUC Asia Supports Malang City to Improve GHG Inventory Report

Reducing the amount of the GHG emissions is intended to lessen the extent of future climate change and severity of its impacts. Supported by IUC Asia, Malang City is preparing its CAP that is started with development of both historical and current GHG emissions inventories. The inventory provides important information on the jurisdiction’s emissions profile so that subsequent emissions reduction strategies can be tailored to the city’s specific situation. Among other Indonesian cities, Malang has been considerable advanced in the GHG collection data. Click.


Vietnam: Capacity Building on Climate Adaptation for Can Tho’s Stakeholders
Strengthening the capacity of city government in developing CAP in line with the GCoM Common Reporting Framework (CRF) is a key component of IUC Asia activity in Vietnam.
Capacity building workshop on climate adaptation was held for Can Tho’s stakeholders on 14 May 2020. This was the second workshop and a follow-up to the introductory one previously conducted on 06 May 2020. The workshop aimed to orient the participants on how Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) fits in the CAP formulation framework. Also, it provided the methodologies design that could be useful in completing the task for CRVA. Click.
Member Profile
City of Palembang: Combating Climate Change with GCoM

Palembang City has expressed its interest and commitment as a member of GCoM in September 2019. With support from GCoM, Mayor Harnojoyo of Palembang stated that the City would be able to achieve sustainable and integrated urban development by applying good governance principles, particularly in field of the energy and climate change sector as part of Sustainable Development Goals Target 11, 13 and 17.

Having been selected as one of the pilot recipients for IUC Asia project implementation, Palembang pledges to take transformational action to develop CAP which addresses mitigation and adaptation measures in cooperation with GCoM and Ministry of Environment and Forestry of (MoEF) Indonesia. Click.
What Happens in Southeast Asia: COVID-19 Initiatives
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. The world is currently fighting against a newfound enemy that catalyses drastic reform within our system, both socially and economically, and will proceed to do so in the coming years. Undeniably, the grave harm COVID-19 crisis has imposed on our society only further highlight the urgency to work towards a more sustainable, resilient, and just future.  Networks of cooperation that channel resources and centralise data hold our best chances to recover from this crisis with minimum casualties. We have listed down GCoM and our partners’ resourceful initiatives to assist cities in managing immediate response to COVID-19:
  • Fully realizing the value of integrated knowledge in facing a completely new phenomenon, UCLG ASPAC, serving as GCoM Secretariat for Southeast Asia, has conducted a series of webshares on COVID-19 and assembled pointers of guidance from member cities’ lesson learned to assist local governments to handle the crisis, such as from Guangzhou, Daejon, Jeonju, Jakarta, and Iriga. Such information has proven to be insightful to figure out what works best to halt the spread of the virus and minimize its dire side effects. The full document could be downloaded here.
  • IUC emphasized the importance of interregional and international cooperation to exchange knowledge and support the global uptake of successful strategies against COVID-19. Thus, they dedicated a page on information about inter-sectoral and integrated responses from local governments across continents, from impactful peer-to-peer support to knowledge exchange among local governments. The EU has also shared numerous efforts from other regional IUCs to mobilize resources in various ways.
  • C40 Cities recalibrated its Knowledge Hub focusing on a COVID-19 information center, synthesizing learning and best practices based on knowledge-sharing across the C40 community and beyond. The topics covered range from public health emergency management to the mitigation of COVID-19 social and economic impact. In addition to producing Knowledge Hub topical articles and case studies, C40 cities are also curating third-party journalism, webinars, city COVID-19 initiative trackers, and peer-to-peer support offerings which may be useful for cities.
  • As a research center, JRC utilizes Europe Media Monitor (EMM) to select, collect, compile, and publish daily international articles in relation to COVID-19 reported through a publicly available website. This feature also highlights the most shared quotes and sources in social media, as well as fact-checked various recent claims distributed on the internet regarding this issue.
  • Catering to the need of Southeast Asian local governments, ICLEI allocates a space to gather resources which is specifically designed for more regional response and strategy in facing COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the COVID-19 Southeast Asian Tracker which presents real-time information about the development on national policies and resources of SE Asian countries, tools and guidance for local governments on how best to approach the issues at hand, as well as centralised contact information to disseminate donations and resources to the most vulnerable areas.
  • CityNet initiated a program called Consultation Series which consists of Webinar sessions with experts and related stakeholders to cater to its member cities’ need for current information and deeper knowledge on COVID-19.
GCoM - Look Back in Early 2020
Cities are where the first impacts of the climate crisis are felt, but also where the first solutions are found. The GCoM for Climate & Energy empowers mayors and local leaders around the world to take action. 10,000 strong, these cities share one voice and one mission — fighting climate change.

Bringing Together a Coalition for Change
The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) was launched in November 2019 by founding partners of GCoM, The Resilience Shift, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and its ASCE Foundation, WSP and LA Metro, with the aim to globally leverage engineers skills as reputable and uniquely suited catalysts in understanding the gaps and barriers to resilient and sustainable infrastructure, to create partnerships between the engineering community and other sectors worldwide, and to determine how best to bring practical, fundable solutions to the marketplace in a more immediate and action-oriented way. The April 2020 Action Summit was held both to update coalition members on progress and to launch four “Action Tracks,” each led by one of the founding partners. GCoM will be leading the Action Track on “finance” with the initial focus on leveraging engineering expertise in support of the development and delivery of the City Climate Finance Gap Fund. Originally to be hosted by Stanford University, the Summit moved online as have most other events this spring due to the major impact of COVID-19.

COVID-19: FAQ on Reporting for GCoM Cities and Local Governments
The GCoM fully recognises the socioeconomic, political, and geographical impacts that COVID-19 is having on communities around the world. As cities and local governments develop sustainable recovery plans, GCoM seeks to clarify its reporting principles for cities committed to the alliance in 2020.
Featured Publications
Fast-tracking the SDGs: Driving Asia-Pacific transformations is the theme report of the Asia-Pacific SDG partnership for 2020. Reflecting on the theme of the 7th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, it informs regional and global dialogue on sustainable development as well as national and regional implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It invites governments and stakeholders to align COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery strategies with the achievement of the SDGs and provides insights for the way forward.
This Newsletter is intended to be distributed in the first session of UCLG ASPAC 2020 Executive Bureau Meeting in Wellington, thus taking the theme “Sustainable and Resilient Communities, Towns, and Cities”. However, this theme is all the more pertinent during this COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, it touches not only on disastrous matters, but also on a wider scope of resilience in urban life, such as infrastructure, local economy, climate, and health issues. UCLG ASPAC has incorporated those practices and by publishing this now, hopefully it can contribute as insights and positively motivate cities to bounce back.
The Global Renewables Outlook shows the path to create a sustainable future energy system. This flagship report highlights climate-safe investment options until 2050, the policy framework needed for the transition and the challenges faced by different regions. This comprehensive analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) outlines the investments and technologies needed to decarbonise the energy system in line with the Paris Agreement. It also explores deeper decarbonisation options for the hardest sectors, aiming to eventually cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to zero.
List of Events
  • CDP Climate and Urban Health Webinars 2020: Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessments in Cities, 3 June 2020, Register
  • CDP Climate and Urban Health Webinars 2020: Air Pollution and Health, 17 June 2020, Register
  • UCLG ASPAC Web-Share #10 | Empowering Youth on Resilience (Post-COVID-19 Challenges and Strategies), 19 June 2020
  • UCLG ASPAC Web-Share #11 | Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, 26 June 2020
  • UCLG ASPAC Web-Share #12 | Post COVID-19: Boosting Domestic Tourism, 03 July 2020
  • High-Level Political Forum 2020 under the Auspices of ECOSOC, New York (United States), 7 – 16 July 2020, Site
  • Web-Share #13 | Youth and ASEAN Mayors Talk on World Youth Skills Day (in collaboration with the ASEAN Mayors Forum (AMF), EU Bangkok, ASEAN Secretariat, and AYO), 16 July 2020
  • GCOM Latin America Regional Dialogue, Mérida (México), 2 – 3 September 2020

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