The third day of the annual UCLG Retreat was devoted to the theme “Working for the Planet”. The session on Collaborating towards the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience was hosted by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM).
Race to Zero and Race to Resilience are campaigns launched by the UNFCCC Climate Champions to fuel the transition to a sustainable and decarbonized economy towards COP26. During the session, information about the role of GCoM in coordinating these projects was presented and best practices for UCLG engagement on these two campaigns were discussed.
GCoM Executive Director Amanda Eichel emphasized that at the moment, the priorities for cities must be overcoming the consequences of the COVID-19 and green recovery. Consultations to work out the reporting system and the requirements of the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns will be held with all partners in all the regions, the mechanisms and the communication channels that already exist in UCLG should be involved in the implementation of these projects.
UCLG-Africa shared its experience, Director for Climate, Biodiversity and Agriculture Mohammed Nbu spoke about the importance of these campaigns for the African region and pointed out the increasing importance of resilience for cities and local governments.
UCLG-Africa Secretary General Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi said that the COVID-19 epidemic has shown the significance of linking climate, biodiversity and food system in the upcoming projects.
The participants of the session came to the general conclusion that it is time to step up climate action, join forces and move forward together.