More Southeast Asian cities commit to the Compact of Mayors
More Southeast Asian Mayors sign their Letters of Intent to commit to the Compact of Mayors. Mayors Syarif Fasha (Jambi City, top left) and Lis Darmansyah (Tanjung Pinang City, bottom right) at the second Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific forum held in Melaka, Malaysia; Mayor Bima Arya (Bogor City, top right) at COP 21 in Paris; and Mayor Maria Fe Abunda (bottom left) at the Borongan City Hall.

The cities of Bogor, Jambi, Sukabumi, and Tanjungpinang in Indonesia, and Borongan and Dipolog in the Philippines, recently added to the growing list of Southeast Asian cities committed to the Compact of Mayors.

Mayors Syarif Fasha (Jambi), Mohamad Muraz, (Sukabumi), and Lis Darmansyah (Tanjung Pinang) signed their Letters of Intent to commit to the Compact of Mayors on March 3 at the second Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific forum held in Melaka, Malaysia. Mayor Maria Fe Abunda signed her Letter of Intent in Borongan City on January 27, while Mayor Bima Arya of Bogor City signed while attending COP 21 in Paris.

Dipolog Mayor Evelyn Uy signed late last year just after the Compact of Mayors was launched in the Philippines.

The Compact of Mayors commits cities to reduce local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and track their progress publicly. It was launched in 2014 by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, under the leadership of ICLEI, C40, and the United Cities and Local Governments, with support from UN HABITAT.

The Letters of Intent, addressed to the Compact of Mayors Secretariat (through ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin), outline the Mayors’ mitigation and adaptation commitments within the next three years. These include: public reporting of the GHG emissions inventory and the climate hazards faced by the city, within one year or less; GHG emissions reduction target and the climate vulnerabilities faced by the city, within two years or less; and its climate change mitigation and adaptation plan, within three years or less.

These actions shall then be recognized through the global reporting platform, carbonn Climate Registry, leading to increased investor confidence and capital flows for climate action in cities.

The Compact of Mayors was officially launched in the Philippines in November last year and received a message of support from Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.

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Mayors Mohamad Muraz (Sukabumi City, left) and Evelyn Uy (Dipolog City, right) also recently committed to the Compact of Mayors.
 
 
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