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The Global Covenant of Mayors Moves to North America
On the occasion of the Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders which took place on 14th November 2016, the European Commission announced the start of work on the implementation of the Regional Covenant for North America, covering the US, Canada and Mexico.
The objective of this expansion through North America is to support the setting-up of the EU’s International Urban Cooperation Programme, promoting city-to-city cooperation on sustainable urban development for smart, green and inclusive growth. In addition, sub-national action will be supported under the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
‘Mayors and local authorities are crucial partners in our collective fight against climate change. We need their creativity and commitment in putting the world on track to reach our climate energy goals’, said Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is the largest and first-of-its-kind coalition of cities committed to fighting climate change, bringing together the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors. The North America office will add to the already existing regional Covenant Offices in Europe, Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Moreover, the European Commission is also working towards opening up Regional Covenants for Latin America and the Caribbean, East and South-East Asia as well as Covenants for India and Japan in the coming months. ‘The growth of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy through the launch of the Regional Covenants for North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, East and South-East Asia, India and Japan arrives at the right time while we work towards turning the Paris Agreement into action. Under the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, mayors and cities now have an even stronger voice internationally’, added the Commissioner.