Celebrating Realities and Resilience: A glimpse into sub-Saharan African cities through photography

The competition, open to all individuals over 18 residing in sub-Saharan African cities, invited participants to submit pairs of photographs. One image depicted the stark realities of climate change, whether through drought-stricken fields, polluted streets or vanishing forests. The second photo told stories of resilience, portraying communities taking proactive measures, like tree-planting initiatives or embracing renewable energy solutions.

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Quarterly newsletter | June 2024

Halfway through 2024, city-to-city exchanges ramp up local climate action, the CoM SSA Steering Committee meets in Brussels, and we take a glimpse at the shortlisted Realities and Resilience photo competition submissions.

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JUST LAUNCHED | Insights for change: Essential snapshots for climate-smart African city leaders

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In this episode, brought to you by the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa and ICLEI Africa, we delve into actionable insights from two reports: Local Action for Global Goals and A Guide to Collaborative Multi-level Governance for Climate Resilient Development.

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Accra reinforces climate and energy leadership with support from the European Union and the German Cooperation

Accra, 24 May 2024 - The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA), which is co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Ghana, this agreement reinforces AMA’s dedication to sustainable energy and low-emission infrastructure development. With this move, AMA underlines its commitment to a sustainable future for its citizens.

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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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Creative transformation of urban waste to design a cleaner and more ecological city

A creative waste reuse workshop proposes a sustainable and ecological alternative to revitalize urban spaces in Dakar with furniture created from municipal waste.

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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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