UN Climate Action Summit

Held in New York on 23 September 2019, the Summit offered a unique platform for Heads of State and Governments to focus specifically on climate change.

The UN Climate Action Summit featured nine interdependent tracks and nineteen leading countries. The aim was to boost momentum, raise ambition, and deliver on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) through bolder targets and swifter implementation.

Local and regional governments were able to once again successfully demonstrate their key role through the Infrastructure, Cities and Local Action track, which included thematic initiatives on buildings, transport, resilient urban poor and finance.

Nationally, commitments mostly led by smaller and island nations already disproportionately facing the threats of climate change, while the major world economies mostly disappointed with their lack of enthusiasm in scaling up action.

Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante addresses United Nations on behalf of cities

Mayor Plante pledged to the UN to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) of her city by 55% by 2030, compared to the level of 1990 and is ready to go even further.



Press Conference, 21 September 2019

Nature-based solutions for cities

By WRI-D Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow; UNECE- Jean Rodriguez, Spokesperson and moderator; ICLEI- Gino van Begin, Secretary General, on nature-based solutions for cities.


22 September 2019

Infrastructure, Cities and Local Action – Partnerships for Ambition, Climate Action Summit 2019

Partnerships for Ambition: Unlocking the Full Potential of Local Climate Action. High level platform to highlight the critical need for urban transitions, demonstrate what subnational leadership and collaborative action between all level of government looks like and put the urban agenda at the heart of national and international priorities.


Official Agenda

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Infrastructure, Cities and Local Action track

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Closing Press Release

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Contact us

To learn more and get involved in our global advocacy, contact Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, at yunus.arikan(at)iclei.org

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