Local Government Climate Convention

Local Government Climate Convention 2011

Durban Local Government Climate Convention

Parallel to the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP17), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, along with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, South African Local Government Association, South African Cities Network and eThekwini Municipality hosted the Durban Local Government Convention

The theme of the Convention was "Adapting to a Changing Climate - Towards COP17/CMP7 and Beyond" and was attended by over 700 local government representatives from throughout the world.

The result of the Convention was the Durban Adaptation Charter, a set of commitments signed by 114 Mayors from 28 countries. Many of the signatory Mayors are World Mayors Council members, including James Nxumalo, Mayor of eThekwini Municipality.

By signing the Charter, local governments commit to unprecedented levels of local climate action to:

  • mainstream adaptation as a key informant of all local government development planning;
  • ensure that adaptation strategies are aligned with mitigation strategies;
  • promote the use of adaptation that recognizes the needs of vulnerable communities and ensure sustainable local economic development;
  • prioritize the role of functioning ecosystems as core municipal green infrastructure;
  • seek innovative funding mechanisms, and more.