COP27: Climate-related trade-offs: How do African cities navigate complex decision making during the climate change emergency

The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa would like to invite you to join our session at COP27 on 17 November 2022 in the LGMA Multi-Level Action Pavilion, Blue Zone - Zone B, building 8. The event will be available for in-person and virtual attendance, in English, French and Portuguese. This session will unpack the trade-offs that leading African city decision-makers face every day and provide evidence of how these trade-offs can be navigated in ways that empower those most vulnerable to climate change.

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NEW CLIMATE FINANCE COURSE: An introductory guide to climate finance for African cities

The CoM SSA finance course is a self-learning online course that will teach government officials in signatory cities about unlocking finance for climate action. The training will prepare participants to successfully deliver on their mandates to secure investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation projects on behalf of their regions.

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Quarterly newsletter | June

This quarter we take a look at our impact at the 9th Africities Summit, announce the next CoM SSA Day and celebrate reaching 300 signatories.

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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 300 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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