On October 8, a network meeting of the 9th stage of the Belarus Support Program was held, where members of the team of the “Covenant of Mayors for SDG Localization in Belarusian Cities” project also met.
Two district executive committees – of Karma and Smarhoń, with the support of the Interakcia Foundation and the Climate Alliance, will jointly implement an annual project to localize the Sustainable Development Goals in the field of climate and energy.
The “Covenant of Mayors for SDG Localization in Belarusian Cities” project aims to strengthen the potential of two CoM signatories – Karma and Smarhoń – to synchronize their commitments under the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (which focus on SDG 7, 11, 13, 17) and their other efforts to achieve the SDGs and harmonize local monitoring and data collection systems to better assess climate change adaptation measures. Cities are expected to learn about EU best practices and engage and raise awareness of stakeholders on climate change issues.
During the project, it is planned to develop recommendations and practical guidelines for monitoring and assessing adaptation to climate change; testing of the European digital instrument for raising awareness of climate action “Change the future”; exchange visit; active work both with representatives of local authorities and with urban communities and civil initiatives, as well as holding annual Energy Days in Karma and Smarhoń, etc.
Local governments have an important role to play in translating climate change commitments into concrete action and pushing their national governments towards more ambitious goals, helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2008, the Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy has attracted over 10,000 local authorities across Europe, including 54 cities from Belarus.
Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an urban climate and energy initiative of the European Union bringing together local, regional and national authorities voluntarily committed to implementing the EU climate and energy objectives. With over 10000 signatories representing more than 320 million citizens, it has become the world’s largest climate and energy initiatives.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), formally known as “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, is a set of goals for future international cooperation that replaced the Millennium Development Goals at the end of 2015. These goals are planned to be achieved from 2015 to 2030 and the final document contains 17 global goals and 169 related targets.
This project is being implemented with the assistance of the Belarus Support Program (BSP). The Belarus Support Program is being implemented by the Dortmund International Education Center (IBB Dortmund) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).