If urbanisation drives climate change, then mitigating the dangerous effects of global warming must address how we plan, build and live in cities. Implementing bold national plans requires active cross-sector coordination and collaboration between the local, regional and national governments.
The IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5°C reaffirms the urgency of the Paris Agreement. To avoid dangerous consequences, global greenhouse gas emissions must reach net-zero by 2050. While the international UNFCCC climate regime has managed to orchestrate national climate commitments, current national mitigation targets fall well short of achieving the low-carbon transformation.