Any city in the world with a democratically elected government, regardless of its size or location, can voluntarily join the GCoM. In Latin America, the process goes through a few simple steps:
Initially, the mayor (or equivalent local authority) signs a Letter of Commitment: Get in touch with us, and we will guide your city through the process. If you prefer, download the commitment letter above and send the signed letter from the local authority to [email protected]
Assess your current situation: After formally joining the alliance, the first recommended step is to gather data and insights about your cities climate scenario for each of the GCoM pillars. This means to develop (i) a local inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, (ii) an assessment of climate hazards and risks, and (iii) an energy access and poverty’s inventory.
Adopt reduction goals and establish a measurement system: The following step is to establish targets and goals for (i) reduction of GHG emissions, (ii) averting and minimizing climate change consequences, and (iii) expanding the access to secure, sustainable, and affordable energy. This step is recommended to be executed in the second year after the commitment letter is signed.
Establish an Action Plan: Within three years, the city is encouraged to develop a ‘Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan’, also known as ‘SECAP’. This plan (or plans) indicates what actions your city will take to achieve its targets and goals, improving its resilience to climate change. City are welcomed to develop either an integrated SECAP, containing actions for mitigation, adaptation, and energy access and poverty, or three standalone plans – whatever city planners advise its best for its local context and reality.
Report your progress every year. To comply with GCoM standards, cities must continuously report their progress, monitoring the implementation of its SECAP. This is recommended to be made in annual basis to keep data updated.
Access the Letter of Commitment template and take the first step towards joining the largest alliance of cities and local governments committed to fight climate change.