PRESS RELEASE: Innovative adaptation approaches needed, urged African cities at CoM SSA Day, ahead of COP27
The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) through its co-implementing partner the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), hosted over 300 participants from local and national governments, civil society, and the private sector at the CoM SSA Day event held during the week for Sustainable Mobility and Climate #SMDC202 in Dakar, Senegal on 4 October.Read more
CoM SSA resources to mainstream gender in climate and energy actions
Gender equality is a significant objective of CoM SSA as tackling climate change and improving access to energy needs to be an inclusive process leading to inclusive outcomes while reducing gender inequalities. In accordance with international standards, the initiative has therefore committed itself to mainstreaming gender across all activities implemented and projects supported.
Ségou and its neighbouring towns organise their response to climate change amid high vulnerability
Located in the Sahel – a region particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change – the cities of Ségou, Pelengana, Sakoiba and Sébougou have worked together in the past two years to draw up Mali’s first intercommunal Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP).
Newly released CoM SSA reports provide context-specific insights to climate challenges facing African governments
This series of evidence-based reports, developed by the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa Technical Helpdesk and Secretariat, is intended to synthesise the best available evidence regarding common challenges faced by African local governments when planning for climate change and showcases potential solutions for addressing these challenges. The reports can be used by local governments and associated partners to innovate around climate action planning and implementation.
Charting the way forward towards a just energy transition in Africa
At Africa Climate Week 2022, Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa hosted a session focused on harnessing renewable energy for the just energy transition in African cities. Leaders from African local governments, energy experts and other stakeholders discussed ambitions and needs to drive this transformative change.
CoM SSA signatories receive support to kick-start their climate action planning
Local governments face several challenges when embarking on their climate action journeys but through support from the CoM SSA Technical Helpdesk, signatories to the initiative are able to move forward on a solid footing.
African cities explore how to unlock finance for SEACAP implementation to accelerate climate action
Developing a Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) is a critical step on the journey to unlocking climate finance and accelerating climate action. However, recent data from the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) shows it will cost millions to implement climate action plans. Thus, cities need to become innovative to access all the finance they need to implement their projects.
Abuja plans ambitious climate and energy actions with launch of robust plan
On 5 July 2022, the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) launched its Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan, which features tangible and impactful actions that will build resilience and enhance the lives of citizens. By 2030, AMAC intends to reduce its overall projected emissions by 25%, extend household access to electricity to 99.6% and increase access to clean cooking alternatives to 85%.
Kampala takes concrete measures to improve air quality, how does this link to its broader climate plan ?
Air pollution accounts for over seven million premature death annually, yet many African countries still lack reliable air quality data to make informed actions to reduce air pollution. As a result of the increasing greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and its concentration in urban areas, the deterioration of air quality is becoming a public health issue in many African cities. According to the State of Global Air, the annual deaths due to particles in the air, have been steadily increasing over the last 30 years in Uganda, reaching over 27 000 in 2019.
Register now for our next regional CoM SSA Day event
The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa is pleased to invite you to the Week for Sustainable Mobility and Climate which will take place in Dakar, Senegal, from the 3rd to 7th of October 2022.
Climate finance in Africa: Challenges and opportunities
As part of the Africities 9 Summit the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa hosted a session focused on climate finance for green infrastructure. While global investment in addressing climate change reached a record high of USD 612 billion in 2017, channeling this climate finance to the subnational level is administratively and politically challenging for local governments in Africa is an ongoing challenge.
CoM SSA milestones at Africities: Climate Action Plans launched and a new leadership structure set in motion
The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa participated in the Africities Summit 9 by hosting several sessions including a high level opening plenary to mobilise and expand the CoM SSA network and officially launch the Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAP) of two signatory cities. CoM SSA used the Summit as an opportunity to bring together the newly-elected CoM SSA Regional Mayors Forum for their inaugural meeting. Nine mayors representing the four regions of Sub-Saharan Africa took part in a closed session where the chairperson, Mayor of Kloto I (Togo) was elected.
Frontrunner cities from across Africa gather to share climate and energy planning insights
Leaders and technical experts from six local governments discussed their climate action plans during a CoM SSA session at Africities. These cities have already completed, or are near completing, robust Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans and are motivated to implement on-the-ground change.