To meet the Paris Agreement’s target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, climate action planning needs to deliver new levels of ambition, driving rapid and systemic change on the ground. Cities urgently need to develop local climate action plans to achieve emissions neutrality and climate resilience by 2050. The methodology of climate action planning involves setting a city vision and commitment, establishing a baseline, prioritizing actions, clarifying targets, and aligning with national policies and international frameworks. Additionally, equitable distribution and engaging with relevant political and civil partners are essential components of a successful climate action plan. While each city is likely to take a different approach, ambition, acceleration and delivery form the core of the climate action planning process.
Climate Action Planning
Ministerial meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change at COP28 Summary Report
This report summarizes the Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change held at COP28 on 6 December 2023. This key event was co-hosted by UN-Habitat, the High-Level Climate Champions, and the COP28 Presidency.
Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation
This report offers contextual information, tools, and recommendations to help plan, design, and implement NbS for adaptation that advance gender equality and social inclusion while enhancing resilience, biodiversity, and ecosystem integrity.
The Multi-Level Climate Action Guide for Decision-Makers
As climate crisis hits local communities hard, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable, this guide shares three key recommendations & 100+ examples to help local action achieve national climate goals.
Protecting People and the Planet: Putting People at the Heart of City Climate Action
This report from ICLEI and CDP shares analysis from the data reported through the 2022 CDP-ICLEI track, and highlights the need for people-centered climate action in cities.
Freetown Climate Action Strategy
Freetown's first attempt toward delivering on its commitment to the Paris Agreement, this strategy presents innovative, evidence-based solutions to help the city adapt to climate risks while strengthening mitigation efforts.
The Power of Cities: Harnessing Low-Carbon Urbanization for Climate Action
This report from the World Bank highlights the need to integrate low-carbon urbanization into countries’ national climate change strategies and outlines the opportunities to bridge between national decarbonization and urban development goals.
The Summary for Urban Policymakers of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report
This publication by the Summary for Urban Policymakers (SUP) initiative synthesizes the latest findings from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Reports in partnership with cities and businesses across the globe.
Emissions Gap Report 2022
As climate change impacts are experienced across the globe, the message that greenhouse gas emissions must fall is unambiguous. Yet UNEP's annual Emissions Gap Report finds that the international community is falling far short of the Paris goals.
Daring cities 2022: Compendium of best practices
This report compiles case studies from cities around the world that are taking bold climate action and tackling the multifaceted challenges of climate emergency finance.