Compact of Mayors welcomes first commitments from Thailand

The first Thai mayors have committed to the Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change, marking another significant step forward for the global initiative in the Southeast Asian region.

Thailand becomes the fourth country in Southeast Asia where city mayors have joined the Compact, after the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Fifteen Thai mayors have signed their Letters of Intent to commit to the Compact of Mayors after the initiative was presented at the launch of the project, ‘Building Low Carbon and Resilient Role Model City’ on March 15. They are:

  • Mr. Wanchai Chongsuttanamanee, Chiang Rai City Municipality
  • Mr. Prai Pattano, Hadyai City Municipality
  • Mrs. Rungarun Khammong, Hat Siao Sub-district Municipality
  • Mr. Teerasak Teecayupan, Khonkaen City Municipality
  • Mr. Preecha Mitsungnoen, Kokkruat Sub-district Municipality
  • Mr. Kittipoom Namvong, Lampang City Municipality
  • Mr. Teerapon Panavatanaworakul, Mapammarit Sub-district Municipality
  • Mr. Seksun Phanawatthanawong, Nongsamrong Town Municipality
  • Mr. Vijai Amaralikit, Phanatnikom Town Municipality
  • Mr. Nikorn Chanthammapituk, Phanosarakham Sub-district Municipality
  • Ms. Somjai Suwansupana, Phuket City Municipality
  • Mr. Pakasit Uvavas, Pichit Town Municipality
  • Mr. Chattamongkol Angkasakulkiat, Sisaket Town Municipality
  • Mr. Songchai Wongwatcharadamrong, Thungsong Town Municipality
  • Mr. Veerawat Paknikorn, Yasothon Town Municipality

Mayor Somjai of Phuket, an ICLEI Member, also maintains a special advisory role at the ICLEI Southeast Asia Regional Executive Committee.

The launch involved the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), National Municipal League of Thailand (NMT), Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management, Thailand Cycling Club, and the mayors and deputy mayors of 16 municipalities who were willing to become ‘LCRS [low-carbon, resilient, and sustainable] role model cities’. NMT Senior Researcher and Project Manager Tharee Kamuang coordinates the Compact of Mayors on behalf of ICLEI SEAS in Thailand.

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, 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.

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