Cities are key perpetrators of climate change but also its main victims. As centres of human activity, they are especially vulnerable to climate change impacts.


Adapting in a proactive way to a changing climate requires dealing with multiple uncertainties and complexities. Cities therefore face the challenge of having to develop flexible and innovative forms of governance and financing in order to address specific local and regional vulnerabilities and to build capacity to accommodate future change.


Cities can be among the most advanced in terms of climate change adaptation and often exhibit good practices, which can be shared around the world. Networks of cities serve to discuss technical and financial opportunities and work towards improved solutions for urban climate change adaptation.