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In Focus
Snapshot of GCoM/IUC Activities in South East Asia

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy (GCoM) is the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, built upon the commitment of over 10,000 cities and local governments to reach an annual emission reduction of 2.3 billion tons CO2 by 2030. With more than half of the world’s populations living in cities and contributing around 70% of the energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, cities’ involvement is crucial to make it happen. 

With the support from the European Union through its International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme, the GCoM Southeast Asia Secretariat/IUC Asia HelpDesk (the HelpDesk) managed by the United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), encourages Southeast Asian cities to join the alliance and select thirteen cities to receive technical assistance as pilot cities to develop their own globally-recognised Climate Action Plans (CAPs) in compliance with GCoM’s Common Reporting Framework (CRF). The pilot cities are comprised of Palembang, Depok, Malang, Denpasar and Makassar in Indonesia, Kampung Baru, Penampang, Tawau, Muar and Hang Tuah Jaya in Malaysia and Tam Ky, Da Nang and Can Tho in Vietnam.

The HelpDesk, supported by its technical partners, assists the pilot cities in developing CAPs that show the cities’ commitments to address climate change by reducing GHGs emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate change, and delivering wider social, environmental, and economic benefits. The technical assistance is comprised of step-by-step training and knowledge sharing on how to develop each essential component of a CAP namely baseline GHG emissions inventory, target setting, risk and vulnerability assessment, energy access plan, monitoring/verification, and climate finance options/implementation. The CAPs are expected to be accomplished in September 2020 and become references for replication in other GCoM cities.

The technical partners – CCROM-IPB in Indonesia, UTM in Malaysia and UN Habitat in Vietnam – introduced the following stages in developing the CAPs for pilot cities: facilitating each pilot city to establish a climate-change working group comprised of city stakeholders; strengthening each pilot city in developing GHG inventory; carrying out the risk and vulnerability assessment and applying the guidance in CAP development; and providing technical assistance in the development of the city’s GHG inventory, risk and vulnerability assessment, target setting and finally the CAP development. 

Steps of IUC Asia Support in Developing CAPs
City Stories
Vietnam Cities Move to Pursue Resilient and Low-Emission Society

GCoM enhances its alliance in Southeast Asia by engaging three Vietnamese cities as pilot cities in developing Climate Action Plans (CAPs) to build a resilient and low-emission society. Three Vietnam cities namely Can Tho, Da Nang, and Tam Ky commenced their efforts in strengthening the capacity to deal with climate change and energy issues. They expressed their interest to work together with GCoM Southeast Asia Secretariat/IUC Asia HelpDesk and UN Habitat in developing climate action plans and their commitment to establish a core team of senior staff who will consistently be involved in the process. The development of the cities' climate action plans is expected to be a model that other Vietnamese cities will replicate.  Click.

Strengthening Denpasar Capacity in Dealing with Climate Change

GCoM has a mission to serve cities and local governments by mobilising and supporting climate and energy action in their communities by working with city/regional networks, national governments, and other partners. In Southeast Asia, its Regional Secretariat/IUC Asia HelpDesk (the HelpDesk) works together with thirteen pilot cities in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, in developing their Climate Action Plans (CAPs) to create resilient and low-emission society in response to the climate change and energy issues.

The HelpDesk has just accomplished strengthening the capacity of staff from Denpasar, one of the pilot cities, in developing a (GHG Inventory and conducting climate risk and vulnerability assessment as part of the HelpDesk approach to pilot cities in developing their Climate Action Plans. Click.
Member Profile
City of Tangerang: Responding to Climate Change through Involvement in GCoM

More cities have realised that they cannot fight the climate change by themselves and collective actions are needed to create a resilient and low-emission society. Moreover, learning from others’ experiences is also a crucial element in combating the climate change and energy issues. Being aware of the need to engage in a global collaborative climate action and build a strong climate action plan, the Mayor of Tangerang, Arief R. Wismansyah signed the GCoM commitment on 17 September 2019.

Following the commitment signing, Tangerang City Administration will be involved in GCoM activities including capacity building, technical assistance and financing opportunities in Southeast Asia as well as globally. In his remarks, he emphasised his confidence that the city’s involvement in GCoM would enable the city to reach its target of GHG reduction and overcome the challenges in responding to the climate change in Indonesia, especially in Tangerang. Click.

What Happens in Southeast Asia

COVID-19, Role of Mayors and Local Governments

The world is experiencing the rapid spread of the corona virus disease 2019, known as COVID-19. The role of local leaders is extremely vital in responding to this pandemic that has been affecting millions of people in more than 180 countries around the globe. As the closest government to the people, what city leaders do and the steps they take will determine how thousands or millions of lives can be protected. Making citizens understand and cooperate will be one of the most challenging tasks the local governments have to face. UCLG ASPAC shares the experience of cities in responding to COVID-19 as good references for mayors and local governments. Click.

Partner's Highlights

UCLG ASPAC, supported by the EU, launched a joint project to strengthen Climate Resilience and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific Region on 29th and 30th January 2020. Cities with ambitious commitments will be engaged in a long-term initiative that will enable them to go beyond business-as-usual in responding to the severe and evolving climate-related events.

C40 Cities launched Deadline 2020 which is a commitment from the world’s leading cities to urgently pursue high ambition climate action, demonstrating how cities can deliver on the Paris Agreement.

JRC has released a new study stating that half of the world's beaches could disappear by the end of the century due to coastal erosion.  The study shows that effective climate action could prevent 40% of that erosion. Sandy beaches cover more than 30% of the world’s coastlines. Climate change will accelerate erosion and could make more than half of the world’s sandy beaches completely vanish by the end of this century.

CDP has just announced its Cities A List for their transparency and action on climate change. In the space of a year, the number of cities on the A List has grown from 43 in 2018 to 105 in 2019. Representing a combined global population of 170 million, they are leading the transition to a climate-safe future and setting an example for others to follow.

ICLEI organised a series of focus group meetings for data collection was held from 20-24 January 2020, attended by representatives from Lao PDR cities. The activity aims to gather representatives from different sectors, particularly from energy, industries, agriculture and livestock, land-use change and forestry, to gather relevant data and to gain access to up-to-date information for the calculation of GHG emissions and climate risk vulnerability assessment.

UN Habitat and the Dubai Municipality launched the 12th Cycle of the Dubai International Award. The award recognises international best practices that demonstrate valuable contributions to sustainable urban development as a result of effective partnerships between public, private, and civic sectors in the various sector including best practice in addressing climate change and reducing pollution.

GCoM - Look Back in 2019
In Madrid, Co-Chair and Co-Founder Mike Bloomberg joined European Commission Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans to announce his new role as a new Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors initiative. The European Commission and Bloomberg Philanthropies affirmed their joint commitment to the next phase for GCoM's urgent mission to tackle the climate crisis.
At the UN Climate Change COP 25, the city of Jambi (Indonesia) and four other cities namely Cotonou (Benin), Makindye (Uganda), Monastir (Tunisia) and Recife (Brazil) have been selected as the climate leaders in the Global City Challenge for their ambitious and potentially transformative urban climate projects.
Through GCoM's partnership with Google, the Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) has now expanded to more than 100 cities worldwide, providing high-resolution data to measure greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and take informed action to reduce CO2 emissions. 
Featured Publication
Renewables in Cities Global Status Report
REN21‘s newly released Renewables in Cities 2019 Global Status Report is the first in what is to become an annual stocktaking of how city action can directly support the transition to renewable energy. It includes chapters on drivers for renewable energy in cities, urban policy, urban renewable energy markets, finance and citizen participation. The report aims to make data available, more standardised, and easier to evaluate and compare. (

Source: GCoM Secretariat Newsletter, First Edition 2020
List of Events
  • IUC Asia Online Discussion on Circular Economy, 03 April 2020, Registration
  • CIB Working Group Webinar on Women Leadership, 02 April 2020, Site
  • Marine Economy and Urban Development Forum, Fuzhou (China), 16-18 May 2020
  • UCLG World Executive Bureau Meeting, Rome (Italy) 28-30 May 2020, Site
  • Global Fisheries Communication and Cooperation Forum, 4-6 June 2020
  • CIB Working Group Annual Meeting, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), 15-17 June 2020, Site
  • HLPF - Accelerated Action and Transformative Pathways: "Realising the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development", Site


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