UN/ISDR Announces Adoption of Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government
5 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the adoption of the Durban Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government. The Charter was agreed during the three-day Durban Local Government Convention, which took place from 2-4 December 2011, in Durban, South Africa.
The Durban Local Government Convention was attended by over 750 participants including mayors, local government representatives, MPs, government ministers, NGO representatives and UN staff. According to UN/ISDR, the Charter was signed by 93 mayors and local government leaders representing 560 cities, towns and municipalities. Signatories call upon local, sub-national and regional governments to commit and upscale action to accelerate their adaptation efforts. This includes committing to a series of measures such as: mainstreaming adaptation into planning; impact and vulnerability assessments; alignment with mitigation strategies; and partnerships. The Charter also calls for direct access to funding through a local adaptation thematic window in the Green Climate Fund.