eThekwini one of two African cities to meet compliance with "Compact of Mayors"
The eThekwini Municipality is now one of only two African cities that is compliant with the ‘Compact of Mayors’, a group of cities, led by their mayors, from around the world that are committed to decreasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and enhancing resilience in the face of climate change, while monitoring progress on a public platform
The Compact of Mayors was established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Michael 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) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
eThekwini Mayor, Councilor James Nxumalo, pledged the city’s commitment to the Mayor’s Compact during the 2015 ICLEI World Congress held in Seoul, South Korea. Meeting compliance requirements of the compact is a lengthy and complicated process, which eThekwini has now successfully completed.
The requirements include demonstrating commitment to climate change mitigation through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, measurement of community emissions, setting of reduction targets and development of a climate action plan as well as adaptation measures through addressing impacts of climate change, identifying climate change hazards, assessing vulnerabilities and developing adaptation plans.
The eThekwini Municipality is proud to now join the cities of Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Melbourne, New York, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Washington DC and Cape Town in the Compact of Mayors with ambitious targets for climate change mitigation and adaptation ahead of the COP 21 Climate Conference in Paris at the end of 2015.