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Collaboration for Climate Action

Planners for Climate Action is a cooperative initiative born at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP-23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Bonn on 11 November 2017. The initiative, convened by UN-Habitat, is comprised of associations of planning practitioners and planning educators, collectively representing tens of thousands of planners worldwide, as well as other partners active in this area.

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P4CA is placed under the UNFCCC’s Marrakesh Partnership of non-State actors for Global Climate Action. It is registered under the NAZCA (Non-State Actors Zone for Climate Action) Platform.



Planners for Climate Action’s mission is to catalyze and accelerate climate action through responsible and transformative urban and territorial planning practice, education and research, with the following objectives:


Integrate climate change in the professional practices of all planners and their institutions through integrated approaches that reduce emissions, and prepare human settlements to adapt to climate change.


Build the capacity of all planners by ensuring that all graduate-level urban/regional planning curricula prepare planners to be effective climate change professionals.


Support and commission research that can strengthen knowledge at the intersection of planning practices and climate change.



Members comprise international, regional and national associations and networks of urban and territorial planners. Individuals members are also welcome to support the mission and objectives of the cooperative initiative.  Other supporting organizations consist of research institutions and, universities, private sector and other non-governmental organizations.


Members and other supporters contribute through knowledge, capacity-building and outreach activities. They constitute ad-hoc Working Groups to develop joined activities. The Working Groups convene (in person or, more typically, virtually) at least every two months, or as often as required to achieve their aims.


Members and partners of the initiative meet jointly at least once a year to take-stock of activities undertaken by the members jointly, and plan for future actions.

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