1. GCoM City Consultation: Needs Assessment

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) seeks to work with our city network partners to better understand the opportunities and challenges cities face to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society. This survey is being distributed to municipalities and local governments across the globe either via network partners or directly where no existing affiliation exists, and the results will help to define the future direction of this alliance of cities and city networks and better inform how support for cities can be more efficiently structured in the future.

The results from this GCoM needs assessment will define our strategy to support engagement in regions, work to tailor the support cities require, and refine the initiative’s priorities and strategies. Your input to the survey will help drive the following outcomes:
  • Better understanding of what cities need to meet their climate commitments as part of the GCoM alliance, including identification of key obstacles and opportunities across the different GCoM regions
  • Deeper intelligence on how resources could be developed and deployed by the Global Secretariat and the global and local city network partners that will deliver them 
  • Greater awareness and abilities to link potential funding partnerships to support cities’ efforts for capacity building and project delivery.

All responses will remain confidential and will be compiled and analyzed by an independent third-party, with the aim of informing the future GCoM "business" model and fundraising strategy. Results will be aggregated to the regional and global level, synthesized into a report that describes cross-cutting needs as well as more specific regional and/or localized needs.

Ideally, the survey should be completed by the person who is most engaged with GCoM on behalf of the city or local government or staff from a department dealing with sustainable development and planning or environmental issues. For the finance questions, we recommend you confer with the city’s Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Budget Director or equivalent role in answering these questions. The survey should take no more than 25 minutes to complete.

Please direct any questions to survey@globalcovenantofmayors.org.

We thank you for your valuable support of GCoM and for taking the time to help define the future of the initiative.