Global Covenant of Mayors recognised for its action for the climate

Today, the Global Covenant of Mayors was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity for its ability to enhance and support climate leadership and advance a low-carbon economy and society across 11,000 cities worldwide. Frans Timmermans, Commission Executive Vice-President and Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors, said: “Cities are trailblazers in the race to net zero and this prize recognizes the urgency of tackling the climate crisis across the globe. We will carry forward the momentum given to us by the Gulbenkian Foundation to support mayors who are leading the way to ambitious climate action.” The Global Covenant of Mayors was selected from among 113 candidates from 48 different countries and will receive €1 million to fund projects aiming to advance sustainable infrastructure and support climate mitigation and adaptation efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in Senegal and Cameroon. The projects were selected for their high degree of climate ambition and contribution to the energy transition and climate resilience. The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity aims to draw attention to people, groups of people and organisations from all over the world that stand out and contribute to the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.