Compact Welcomes the First 9 City Commitments from Thailand
Last month, in a concerted effort to reduce carbon emissions throughout Thailand, nine Thai mayors took bold climate action by committing to the Compact of Mayors. The commitments made by mayors across Thailand to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their cities, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and track their progress transparently, is a catalyst for regional collaboration and action that will have a substantial global impact.
Compact commitments from these nine cities, Sisaket, Phuket, Kokruat, Phanomsarakham, Mapammarit, Yasothon, Phanatnikom, Hat Siao and Lampan, came as local leaders participated in the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Low Carbon and Disaster Resilient Cities event in Bangkok. There, cities from across the region explored how Thai communities can reduce their carbon footprint while strengthening their resiliency and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
Thailand currently faces rising temperatures and worsening flooding. To adapt to a changing climate, mayors know that their commitment to fight climate change will strengthen and protect their communities. In addition to committing to the Compact, cities also committed to a new initiative on “Low Carbon and Disaster Resilient Cities in Thailand.” This program aims to integrate local climate action across Thailand to mitigate climate change and disaster risk.
It is through this kind of regional collaboration and local action that Thailand will become a leader on climate change in Southeast Asia.
These nine commitments will not only propel the Thai government’s efforts on climate change forward but they also position these city leaders at the forefront of this fight. Ahead of the COP21 in Paris last December, Thailand submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The plan set an ambitious national goal of a 20–25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
While the national government set the target, it is up to cities to implement action and ensure its execution — cities are uniquely positioned to accelerate more ambitious, collaborative, and sustainable climate action.
These nine commitments to the Compact will do just that. These local efforts demonstrate how city action can make a difference and begin to reverse the course of climate change.
With strong support from local governments, Thailand’s national pledge to combat climate change will become a reality.
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