Madrid, Spain


7 December 2019

Local Governments and Cities Day | 2nd Capacity-building Hub

The theme of COP25 is ‘Time for action’, reflecting the significant advance made by countries – to reach a global agreement on climate change, to define key rules and procedures of implementation, and to make commitments under the agreement.

In a world where more than 55% of the global population already live in cities, commitments to achieve resilience and sustainable development, to adapt to climate change are crucially dependent on how we plan, build and manage cities.

Cities can adopt agile measures and provide rapid responses to climate challenges. Though such actions develop on a local scale, they can have a significant cumulative impact regionally and globally. In this context, it is important to ensure coordinated action and cooperation.

Hosted by Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB), the Local Governments and Cities Day of the 2nd Capacity-building Hub is led by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and ICLEI, echoing the overall theme of the COP25: time for action.

The day will foster collaboration between actors at all levels (local, national, regional and global), responding directly to the mission of the PCCB to strengthen networks and partnerships to enhance synergies and promote knowledge- and experience-sharing.

Under the overarching notion of ‘enabling local action’, different modalities and sessions in this thematic day are designed to boost capacities of individuals, institutions, and cities to take action.