Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most urgent, complex and challenging issues of our time. The 2015 Paris Agreement provides an ambitious and innovative framework for stabilizing the earth’s climate. Cities and local authorities have a key role to play in its implementation. The lecture will discuss the role of the United Nations in supporting urban action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts. It will provide a wide range of examples of how UN-Habitat and partners have stimulated the acceleration of urban climate change action in various thematic areas across the world over the past decade. It will conclude by distilling guiding principles for effective urban action to address climate change.
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