Compact of Mayors
The Compact of Mayors is a global coalition of mayors and city officials committing to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change and track their progress publicly. It is an agreement by city networks - and then by their members - to fight climate change in a consistent and complimentary manner to national efforts.
As of September 2015, 171 cities, representing 250,034,126 people worldwide and 3.5% of the total global population, have committed to the Compact of Mayors.
Any city or town in the world may commit to the Compact of Mayors - regardless of size or location. A city has up to three years to meet a series of requirements and fully comply, culminating in the creation of a full climate action and adaptation plan, and it will be recognized as each step is met. Many cities have already completed some of the activities and can be compliant in fewer than three years.
Regarding adaptation specifically, Cities of the Compact of Mayors commit to:
- Address the impacts of climate change.
- Identify climate hazards.
- Assess vulnerabilities.
- Develop climate adaptation plans.
The Compact of Mayors was launched at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit. It was formed by:
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
- Michael R. Bloomberg, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change
- ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
- C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)
- United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
- United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
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