Over the next few years, the KwaDukuza region will be gearing up to become more environmentally friendly and to see a significant decrease in carbon emissions.
In a bid to achieve this goal by the year 2030, KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu and KDM director for economic development and planning Skihumbuzo Hlongwana, jetted off to Malaysia last week to join the ninth session of the World Urban Forum at the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
The session brings together cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting action to combat climate change and move to a low carbon emission. It is here where a new urban agenda is to be set with the goal to mobilise resources and share ideas. Mayor Mthembu and Hlongwane will form part of a panel of 233 countries to share best practices, knowledge and solutions for sustainable urban development. South Africa is the 13th largest emitting country based on 2008 fossil-fuel CO2 emissions and the largest emitting country on the continent of Africa.
“The World Urban Forum will give recognition to the work done by the municipality in the last five years on climate change and promotion of low carbon emission.
“KwaDukuza is one of the few South African municipalities to have signed the Compact of Mayors and we continue to report globally on our efforts on promoting climate change and energy efficiency. This approach fulfils our vision of being a competitive and global player as we progress towards becoming a sustainable city by 2030,” said Mthembu.
The trip for both officials was funded by United Nations Human Settlements Programme.
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