“Local Governments at the Forefront in the Fight against Climate Change in Africa”


Conference of the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana, October 16, 2019/ — Conference of CoM SSA (https://CoMSSA.org/), Accra, under the theme, “Towards the institutionalization of Local Climate Action and Access to Finance,” begins today as part of the Climate Chance Summit, Africa 2019. The conference will be opened by the Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development of Ghana.

The 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. Sub-national actors 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) is an EU funded initiative that supports Sub-Saharan cities and municipalities to develop and implement sustainable climate and energy actions. 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,” Mayor of Accra, Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah

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 of CoM SSA on 16 October will showcase key achievements and outcomes as well as provide lessons learnt from the cities engaged in the initiative over the last four years. From the 750 cities and municipality staff trained in the mapping of climate financing mechanisms accessible to local governments, the network of implementing partners, led by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, will share its key results. The partner organizations include: ADEME, ADENE, Association Internationale des Maires Francophones, Enda Energie, Energy Cities, Climate Alliance, ICLEI Africa, ICLEI World Secretariat and UCLG Africa.

Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Ambassador of the Global Covenant of Mayors and Mayor of Accra, has been recognized, along with Accra, amongst 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,” Mayor of Accra

Other dignitaries and speakers will include:

  • Mr. Ronan Dantec, Senator, President, Climate Chance Association
  • Mr Bismark Baisie Nkum, President, NALAG
  • Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLG Africa
  • Mr. Frédéric Vallier, Secretary General, CEMR
  • Mr Zoltan AGA, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Ghana

Participants will reflect on

  • The lessons learned from the CoM SSA pilot cities and partners.
  • How we scale-up the successes of CoM SSA signatories;
  • How we ensure access to climate finance for local governments;
  • How we move from the Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans’ (SEACAPs) process to Locally Determined Contributions (LDCs) in order to foster the Paris Agreement;
  • How we can boost the implementation of SEACAPs through decentralized cooperation.

The Press are cordially invited to an official Press Conference on 17 October from 10.00am in the VVIP Press Room, Accra International Conference Centre, Castle Road, Accra, after the official opening ceremony of the Climate Chance Summit, Africa 2019 that will be open by his H.E President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.

If you want to attend, your registration is mandatory. Send an e-mail with names, phone number and media to press@climate-chance.org