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CoM SSA Mayors spearhead sub-Saharan Africa's local climate action agenda at COP28

Amid the scorching temperatures marking 2023 as the hottest year on record, the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) showcased unwavering determination and vigour at COP28 in Dubai. The landmark event, which spanned from November 29 to December 14, culminated in the UAE Consensus, which includes: a call to transition away from fossil fuels, a framework for the Global Goal on Adaptation as well as unprecedented references to multilevel action. Despite these strides, the Consensus fell short of closing the climate ambition and implementation gaps, underscoring the critical role of subnational governments in charting a sustainable course for the future.

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Private Sector & Development #40 - Sustainable cities: how private sector players are gearing up

By 2050, almost 70% of the population of developing countries will be living in cities. Deploying sustainable urban infrastructure and services is a massive challenge. This new issue of Private Sector & Development presents several examples of how sustainable urban projects, including CoM SSA (on page 38), are designed and rolled out.

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Mombasa launches city LAB to address urban flooding

The County Government of Mombasa takes a groundbreaking step in combating urban flooding issues with the introduction of the City Local Adaptation Booster (LAB), a collaborative initiative between the County Government and the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) co-implementing partner, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The Mombasa City LAB aims to unite local and international experts in creating sustainable, locally tailored solutions to enhance adaptation to climate change.

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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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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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