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.Read more
Pikine and Dakar wrap-up successful joint project
The final steering committee meeting of the third phase of the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) project for Pikine and Dakar (PACMAS III) took place in January. The event saw the participation of prominent local authorities, including the Mayor of the city of Pikine, Mr. Abdoulaye Thimbo, and Mr. Jean Louis Ndiaye, Deputy Mayor of the city of Dakar, along with representatives from the Municipal Development Agency (ADM) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), including the General Coordinator of AECID in Senegal, Javier Vega Barral.
Implementing climate action plans for urban transformation in Togo
The municipalities of Kloto and Tchaoudjo are well aware of their responsibility in transforming their climate action plan into a reality. In January, 2023, the municipalities took an active part in meetings to monitor the implementation of their Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP).
The Nouakchott region promotes sustainable energy solutions for public lighting in the Mauritanian capital
The inaugural ceremony for a new public lighting installation, powered by photovoltaic technology, recently took place in Toujounine, Mauritania. The event was attended by key actors, such as Mr Nany ould Chrouga, Minister of Petroleum, Energy, and Mines, Ms Fatimetou mint Abdel Malick, the Council President of the Region of Nouakchott, Mauritania, accompanied by the EU Ambassador, Mr Gwilym Jones and the General Coordinator for the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Ms Rita Santos. This action is co-financed by the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) and the project Supporting the Nouakchott region for sustainable, resilient and equitable development ARENDDRE.
Building climate-resilient subnational governments in Southern Mozambique: A collaborative approach to climate action planning
Climate change is a global challenge that disproportionately impacts vulnerable communities, and African cities are particularly susceptible to its adverse effects. In a recent workshop held in Inhambane, Mozambique, ICLEI Africa and the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) Secretariat, in collaboration with CoM SSA co-funder and co-implementing partner, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), with technical support from UN-Habitat, highlighted the urgent need to address climate vulnerabilities at the local municipality level. This collaborative effort brought together political representatives, municipal leaders, and various organisations to discuss SEACAP development, with a particular focus on the development of risk and vulnerability assessments (RVA’s).
Press release: Mombasa launches city LAB to address urban flooding
Mombasa, 15 December 2023 – 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.
Press release | Successful Launch of Abuja Urban Lab Transforms Waste Governance in the City
Abuja, December 13, 2023 – In a ground-breaking move towards sustainable urban development, the Nile University, in partnership with the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) co-implementing partner, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), successfully unveiled the Urban Lab initiative to establish an efficient waste management system in the Abuja Municipal Area Council. This initiative also seeks to enhance community awareness about waste issues and promote environmental sustainability through strategic partnerships and innovative waste management solutions.
Press release | EU Climate Diplomacy Week: Four Mayors unite to confront climate change challenges
At a roundtable during the European Union (EU) Climate Diplomacy Week, Mayors and representatives from Accra, Tema, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Awutu Senya East join forces to address the pressing issue of climate change.
Genuine collaboration critical for African cities to combat devastating climate change
We need to take a long, hard look at the state of our planet and map a better course for our future. We need genuine collaboration, true inclusivity and authentic commitment to decrease the significant gap between promises and climate action. The recent Africa Climate Summit and UNFCCC Africa Climate Week, together with the Global Stocktake Report, highlighted that there is an urgent need to scale up a rigorous all-of-economy, all-of-society approach which leads to significant climate action this decade in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
Urban sustainability takes centre stage: Key takeaways from Climate Chance Conference Africa 2023
The Climate Chance Conference Africa 2023 brought together over 800 actors from high-level climate experts, local governments, ministries, financiers, the private sector, and civil society.
Mainstreaming gender into renewable energy action planning
Gender equality is a significant objective of CoM SSA as tackling climate change and improving access to energy needs to be an inclusive process which leads to inclusive outcomes while reducing gender inequalities. CoM SSA is committed to mainstreaming gender across all climate and energy actions implemented.
Press release: Sekondi-Takoradi Reinforces Climate Leadership with the Support of the European Union and the German Cooperation
Sekondi-Takoradi, 12 October 2023 - The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA), reinforcing its dedication to climate resilience, sustainable energy, and low-emission development. With this move, STMA underlines its commitment to a sustainable future for its citizens.
Mombasa and Nakuru Exchange on Urban Smart Energy
Clean energy is a significant concern for both Mombasa and Nakuru counties in Kenya, requiring joint efforts for effective solutions. In recognition of this, the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA)’s co-implementing partner, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), organised a city-to-city exchange between these counties in September. This discussion enabled county governments to share experiences on Urban Smart Energy (USE), renewable energy, climate change and energy efficiency projects.