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Launching of Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Plans

By on 11/17/2015

When:             Friday 4 December, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Venue:            Blue Zone, Climate Change Studio


Cities account for a significant proportion of the world’s greenhouse gases, and are homes to concentrated populations that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climate action planning represents a core tool or discipline for developing comprehensive, coherent, and effective approaches to reducing emissions and building climate resilience in cities.

Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning have been developed through a year-long participatory process involving a variety of types of partners and stakeholders. The process (coordinated by UN-Habitat) included a partners’ meeting in Lima (December 2014), a survey of partners and stakeholders (February 2015), and Expert Group Meetings in Oslo (March 2015) and Bonn (June 2015).

An eight person partners’ Drafting Committee drafted the Guiding Principles and took them through an extensive peer review and revision process. All in all over a hundred persons contributed to this effort. To date (10 November 2015) the Guiding Principles have garnered over 44 endorsements from partners.

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  • Sensitize participants about the importance of climate action planning as a key instrument in addressing climate change at the city level, and
  • Launch Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning

Proposed agenda






Welcome and introduction to session

Raf Tuts, UN-Habitat, moderator


Importance of climate action planning in helping cities to address climate change

Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat (tbc)


Process of developing Guiding Principles / Recognition of Drafting Committee, contributors and endorsing partners

Raf Tuts, UN-Habitat


Introduction to Guiding Principles, including webpage with additional tools and references

Alex Aylett, Institut national de la recherché scientifique (INRS-UCS)


Climate action planning in La Paz, Bolivia / Endorsement of Guiding Principles

Luis A. Revilla H., Mayor, City of La Paz


Importance of climate action planning in GEF’s Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot / Endorsement of Guiding Principles

Gustavo Fonseca, Program Director, Global Environment Facility (GEF) (tbc)


Tools & support for city-level climate action planning / Endorsement of Guiding Principles

Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, WRI


Perspectives on planning by local authorities for low-carbon and climate-resilient development / Endorsement of Guiding Principles

Maryke van Staden, ICLEI


1-2 Questions from audience / Responses from panel

Raf Tuts


Next steps / Closing remarks

Raf Tuts


End of session




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