Cities have become important actors in climate change discussions, formulating and implementing adaptation policies and setting mitigation goals and targets. Their role is also becoming increasingly important in the field of climate and environment as well as sustainability and green growth.
Within the scope of climate diplomacy, cities have a clear role at three different levels:
(1) through a collective position;
(2) through interaction and engagement with each other and
(3) through advocacy at a national and local level.
This policy brief provides some recommendations on how cities can better engage and participate in climate diplomacy across various levels and highlights how their specific advantages and capabilities are best used to support international processes associated with international climate action.