Local Climate Action in the Arab region
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Local Climate Action in the Arab region

Climate change is becoming one of the main threats to humanity, and the Arab region is one of the most vulnerable to its impacts. The 2012 State of Arab Cities report1 highlighted climate change as a “major emerging challenge” in the region with water security, food security, and urban settlements at particular risk.

Global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 (Goals 11 and 13) call for climate action at the city level, while the New Urban Agenda has stressed the significance of efficient mitigation and adaptation measures from an urban perspective including a clear commitment to “the generation and use of renewable and affordable energy and sustainable and efficient transport infrastructure and services, where possible, achieving the benefits of connectivity and reducing the financial, environmental and public health costs of inefficient mobility, congestion, air pollution, urban heat island effects and noise.”