climate action

A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on global warming confirms unequivocally that the implementation of the current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will not be sufficient to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Local governments are key to bridging the gap between national climate targets and the concrete action required on the ground.

The Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Sahara Africa (CoM SSA) heeded this call by hosting a climate summit with the theme, Towards the institutionalisation of local climate action and access to finance.

Ghana’s Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, officially opened the conference on Wednesday [16 October].

CoM SSA is an EU funded initiative that supports sub-Saharan cities and municipalities to develop and implement sustainable climate and energy actions.

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This year, the CoM SSA is the headline initiative featured at the Climate Chance Summit Africa 2019.

CoM SSA is the regional chapter of the Global Covenant of Mayors, the largest coalition of cities committed to local climate and energy action.

“The direct link that we [mayors] have with our citizens and the impact cities can have on people’s daily lives make it one of the most relevant levels of action to fight climate change,” said the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah.

Local governments' commitment on climate change effects

Launched in 2015 at the COP21, the CoM SSA is an initiative shaped by local governments to reflect the importance of climate and energy action at local level while highlighting the context and specificities of the sub-Saharan region.

More than 200 municipalities from 36 sub-Saharan countries have made the political commitment to join the initiative and develop a long-term vision to tackle access to energy, climate mitigation and climate adaptation.

The Conference showcased key achievements and outcomes as well as provide lessons learnt from the cities engaged in the initiative over the last four years. 

Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Ambassador of the Global Covenant of Mayors and Mayor of Accra, was recognised, along with Accra, among the 2019 World's Seven Best Climate Projects for its Informal Waste Collection Expansion project.

“Accra is committed to continuing its urgent action on climate change and being a proactive player in partnering with local and international partners to implement bold local initiatives that impact globally,” said Sowah.

The IPCC report can be downloaded here