Were African voices really heard at COP26?

In the run-up to COP26, the common belief was that this COP would only succeed if Africa was at the heart of the negotiations. In order to put the spotlight on African voices at COP26, CoM SSA hosted one of the few sessions where African mayors could have their say. However, as we reflect on this much-anticipated event, it is apparent that Africa was not only under-represented at COP26 but that the continent’s priorities are not fully represented in the final agreement, called the Glasgow Climate Pact.

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Having completed their climate plans, the cities of Dakar and Pikine now face the challenge of implementing concrete actions. The Covenant of Mayor in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) and its co-implementing partner Agencia Española de Cooperación (AECID) support both cities in achieving their objectives. The coordinator of AECID in Senegal, gives us more details.

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CoM SSA at COP26: Messages from African Mayors

This hybrid session saw African mayors and other key stakeholders share their thoughts on what is needed to fast-track climate action and protect vulnerable communities in the region.

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DOWNLOAD NOW: Data Talks | What data do local governments really need to plan effectively for climate change?

The aim of this report is to review and summarise what data are needed for local governments to effectively plan for climate change, how these data are used and for what purpose, highlight the challenges faced in data-scarce regions across Africa, and showcase some innovative solutions to these challenges.

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City of Garoua in Cameroon to benefit from the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity awarded to GCoM

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity during a ceremony held at the COP26 conference along with 1M Euro to finance projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

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What is CoM SSA?

Started in 2015, the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) is a major catalyst for local climate action in the region, with political commitment from over 240 local governments. The purpose of CoM SSA is to support local governments in moving from planning to implementation, with a focus on unlocking climate finance at the local level.

The CoM SSA initiative is a European Union (EU) action that supports the external dimension of the European Green Deal, as the global challenges of climate change and environmental degradation require a global response. At the same time CoM SSA moves to strengthen the Africa-EU partnership and supports Agenda 2063 of the African Union Commission.

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CoM SSA is the regional chapter of an international alliance of cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. It is a partnership between city networks, development agencies and funding institutions, supporting cities in meeting the dual challenge of climate change and access to sustainable energy to achieve a low-emission, climate resilient and sustainable energy future.

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