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Cities and climate change: National governments enabling local action

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This report explores how enabling policy frameworks at the national level can support critical urban action to combat climate change. It argues that cities have a unique ability to address global climate change challenges and that local action takes place in the context of broader national frameworks that can either empower or slow down city-level action

therefore, supportive national and regional policies and incentives are required to ensure city-level initiatives have sufficient resources and potential to effect meaningful change. The report states that national policies often establish what cities can and cannot do in terms of climate policy action (e.g. access to financial resources) and that national support is needed to help cities establish policy frameworks and minimum standards and to garner the required resources and technical information. The report highlights that cities need to mobilise private capital to fill funding gaps for green urban infrastructure projects.

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