Multilevel Climate Action Guide for Decision Makers

Expertise Level
Resource Type
Guidance and Frameworks
Developer or Source
Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM)

Action through local governments alone could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2.1 GtCO annually by 2030, and more than 14,000 climate hazards have been reported en route to setting resilience goals and plans. Transforming credible, just, and ambitious commitments into impactful actions – and avoiding climate catastrophe – requires effective multilevel governance and coordination.

Building on the latest insights and good practice from the Global Covenant of Mayors alliance, this Guide highlights three overarching recommendations that can catalyze multilevel governance and coordination. Applied with local and regional considerations, these recommendations offer opportunities for meaningful and accelerated progress towards achieving national climate ambition – through local and regional implementation.

These recommendations are completed by more than 100 examples which are presented in the Multilevel Climate Governance Atlas.