Local Governments • Commitment and action are advancing, but monitoring of progress lags behind

Even before the Paris Agreement, cities and regions were stepping up their commitment, but tracking progress against these pledges remains complex. At the heart of innovation and action in climate policies, local authorities are seeking a change of scale to meet the 2030 targets.

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  • Cities signatory to the Covenant of Mayors in Europe have, according to reported data, reduced emissions beyond their average targets for 2005 to 2020, in line with EU targets.
  • The mobilisation of cities is growing significantly in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. In Europe, adaptation planning is improving in quality.
  • Around the world, the analysis of real progress by local governments is met with a lack of data that is credible and coherent over time. In Europe, the average gap between two municipal inventories equals the length of a mayor’s mandate in France – six years.
  • Several cities are rendering permanent the resilience measures that were taken during the pandemic, like the roll-out of cycling infrastructure.
  • Subnational regions play a central role in ensuring the just transition of coal-dependent areas.