16-17 September 2019 | TANGERANG – Serving as Secretariat for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM) in Southeast Asia, UCLG ASPAC is glad to welcome on board six more Indonesian cities; Tangerang, Makassar, Denpasar, Malang, Palembang, and Depok, that signed their commitment to join the network for better urban resilience. The signing ceremony took place at the Forum on “Climate Mitigation and Adaptation towards City Resilience”. The event was organised under the framework of the International Urban Cooperation Asia Programme (IUC), with the support of the European Union (EU).

At the opening ceremony, Vice Mayor of Tangerang City Mr. Sachrudin mentioned in his remarks that ”The Forum will build the capacity of city officials in dealing with climate change by developing measurable and effective actions.” Approximately fifty participants representing GCoM cities and local governments under the Climate Change Working Group in Indonesia, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, private sector, international organisations and academia took part in the discussion on mitigation/adaptation of climate change at country and city levels including cities’ experiences and climate financing opportunities. The participants showcased activities and local actions on climate change through networking session of the Global Covenant of Mayors. IUC Asia Team Leader Mr. Pablo Gandara shared the EU’s role in reducing GHG emissions and how cities can build climate change resilience through their involvements in GCoM.

The event was highlighted by the commitment signing ceremony of six cities: Tangerang, Makassar, Denpasar, Malang, Palembang, and Depok, marking these cities’ commitment to leverage their actions to achieve the shared goal of better urban resilience. In the case of Tangerang, commitment signing gives Tangerang opportunity to join GCoM Community, with a long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary actions to combat climate change, low-carbon society and climate resilient future. Tangerang will develop a community-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory; an assessment of climate hazards and vulnerabilities; set ambitious, measurable, and time-bound  target to reduce and/or limit greenhouse gas emissions; and improve access to sustainable energy. For Makassar, Denpasar, Malang, Palembang, and Depok, the commitment signing marked the beginning of their works as pilot cities that will receive support to develop comprehensive action plans from IUC as well as other technical partners with the aforementioned components.

The event was officially closed by Mayor of Tangerang Mr. Arief Wismansyah and Deputy Head of EU Delegation in Indonesia Mr. Charles-Michel Geurts. Mayor Arief Wismansyah showcased Tangerang’s efforts in building thematic parks and villages in order to build a resilient city. Mr. Charles-Michel Geurts expressed that “The EU is proud to empower Indonesian cities to build their own climate planning and policies and to learn from one another globally”. UCLG ASPAC representative, Ms. Asih Budiati further explained how GCoM, EU through IUC and UCLG ASPAC collaborated in the efforts to build a measurable and efficient city climate action plan for cities.

UCLG ASPAC thanks Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia, local government of Tangerang, the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), GCoM partners, IUC Asia representatives, and all participants for their optimum efforts and contribution in achieving the common goal of better urban resilience.