Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning
1. It is now clear that cities are at the forefront of urgently needed global action on climate change. They are playing a critical role in global efforts to bring down greenhouse gas emissions, while also reducing the vul- nerabilities of people and assets and adapting to the im- pacts of a changing climate. As local officials and stake- holders move forward with these efforts, these Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning provide an international benchmark for city-level climate action planning3. Based on international best practices, these Guiding Principles offer principles applied to the typical steps in this planning process. As such, the publication provides a framework that cities can use, together with more detailed ‘how-to’ manuals, in order to more effec- tively play their role in reducing greenhouse gas emis- sions and building climate resilience.
2. The Guiding Principles were developed through a robust, open, and transparent multi-stakeholder process. This included in-person meetings and work- shops with stakeholders and experts, as well as a wider consultation with partners and a peer review process. This process has involved cities, city networks, nation- al governments, development agencies, multilateral and bilateral financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, universities and research institutions, consultants, and United Nations agencies and bodies (please see Acknowledgements and Endorsements). The Guiding Principles are also grounded in the existing scientific consensus about climate change, as well as current research findings on what constitutes effective climate action planning at the city level. Links to core documents referred to during preparation of the pres- ent Guidelines, as well as more detailed manuals and other resource materials, are provided through a web- page introduced in Annex.
3. Finally the present document is designated as ‘Ver- sion 1.0’, as a sign that, as knowledge accumulates and a community of practice continues to mature, partners intend to update these Guiding Principles for City Cli- mate Action Planning to reflect new findings.