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The relevance of the Right to the City to face Climate Change, Global Warming and Environmental Justice from the local level and beyond

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Despite challenges regarding availability of resources and limited competencies, local and regional governments have been driving forward policies on environmental sustainability. It is key that such actions contribute to a long-term agenda for climate action and that such agenda is committed and aligned to Human Rights.
Based on the publication “Right to the City: a roadmap for Climate Justice” (https://www.right2city.org/right-to-the-city-a-roadmap-for-climate-justice/), released by the Global Platform for the Right to the City, this session aims at shedding light at the different approaches and tools that the Right to the City offers for local governments to construct a rights-based climate agenda.The Right to the City is a key reference framework to guide equitable climate action and to jointly create practical agendas to mitigate climate change. Through its collective and territorial approach to Human Rights, the Right to the City is fully aligned with the notions of Climate and Environmental justice, which allows for developing a climate agenda that protects the most vulnerable and guarantees the restitution of rights lost in the past while preserving those rights for future generations.The event will provide an overview of the Right to the City framework, focusing on its potential for guiding a rights-based climate agenda, specifically at the local level. Particular attention will be given to concrete proposals and recommendations for creating enabling environments for local action, the role of local governments and a selection of initiatives that successfully incorporate Right to the City principles into climate action.