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

Saturday 7 December 2019

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.

Programme Overview

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.

What? Topics | Objectives


The Local Governments and Cities Day in the 2nd Capacity-building Hub is designed to, among other topics, touch upon:

  • Cities and Climate Change; Empowering individuals and organizations
  • City-level capacity-building for climate action
  • City-level capacity-building for infrastructure
  • City-level capacity-building cooperation
  • City-level capacity-building for resilience
  • Youth capacity-building in urban contexts

All interested individuals and organizations are welcome to join the debate and contribute to the discussion!


The Local Government and Cities Day aims at providing an overview of important capacity-building activities undertaken at subnational, local and cities level. It will highlight the importance of cities in leading the process of transformation and adaption to climate change emphasizing the role of individuals and communities by changing the way people work, commute and rest. Some of the key objectives of the sessions are:

  • To demonstrate the best examples of actions successfully implemented, describing obstacles and how to overcome them.
  • To showcase examples of cooperation between local governments and cities in developed and developing countries
Why? Significance

Cities are drivers of a significant portion of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the home to large populations affected by climate change. The Local Governments and Cities Day in the 2nd Capacity-building Hub is focused on local action to boost the capacities of cities to mitigate their carbon footprint, and adapt to a changing climate.

Who? Partners and Co-organizers | Target Audience


Lead Partners  


Target Audience

National and local government representatives, city officials, project preparation practitioners, urban planners, climate and sustainable finance practitioners, urban policy makers, NGOs, and CSOs.

How? Outcomes | Sessions

Hosted by the PCCB, and led by the UN-Habitat and ICLEI, the 2nd Capacity-building Hub Local Governments and Cities Day provides a platform for different stakeholders to share knowledge and exchange experiences through interactive panel discussions and forums, designed to:

  • Enable participants to share and exchange specific data, lessons learned, knowledge, tools and methodologies, and case studies related to capacity-building for climate action in cities.
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities for building city-level capacities for resiliency transition, and explore ways to implement them in the medium and long terms.
  • Explore innovative partnerships, co-creation processes, and capacity building strategies, into city-level planning and development
  • Discuss the interlinkages of capacity-building for climate change mitigation and adaptation, with achieving sustainable development goals by local governments and cities
Time Topic Organizer Speaker(s) Concept Note
High-level opening session
UNFCCC | PCCB | UN-Habitat
  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
  • Simone Raskob, Deputy Mayor, City of Essen, Germany; European Green Capital 2017
  • Emani Kumar, ICLEI Regional Director for South Asia and Deputy Secretary General
  • Martin Frick, Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination, UNFCCC
City-level capacity-building for resilience
University of Southern Denmark
Concept note
City-level capacity-building for climate action
Fundación Futuro Latinoamericao | CDKN | UNESCO
  • Mairi Dupar, Technical Advisor and Managing Editor, CDKN, ODI
Young Women as Climate Changemakers
UN-Habitat | UNEP
  • Xiye Bastida, Friday for Future, Mexico (Otomo Indigenous Nation)
  • Leah Namugerwa, Friday for Future, Uganda
  • Sofie Nordvik, Norwegian youth delegate to UN General Assembly
Concept note
City-level capacity-building cooperation
Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC)
Cities and Climate Change; Empowering individuals and organizations
  • Claudio Acioly, Head of the Capacity Development Unit, UN-Habitat
  • Beatriz Gonzalez Mendoza, Capacity Development Unit, UN-Habitat
  • Liliana Miranda Sara, Founder and executive director, Foro Ciudades para la Vida
Concept note
Youth capacity-building in urban contexts
Water Youth Network | FLACSO Ecuador
  • Santiago Gómez Dueñas, Young Professional’s Early Warning Systems Team, Water Youth Network
  • Andrea Carrion Hurtado, Project coordinator, FLACSO Ecuador
Daily wrap-up