Congratulations to Urban Institute Research Associate Dr Linda Westman on her timely publication in Buildings and Cities. In “Cities as Climate Saviours? Political Strategy Ahead of COP-26” Linda discusses what role cities will play at COP26 in Glasgow? The commentary examines three arguments about the importance of cities in delivering effective global climate action.
1. Cities can raise global ambitions
2. Cities are indispensable to global emission reductions
3. Cities are the right ‘level’ of action
Each argument is developed in relation to the negotiating position and political strategy of the UNFCCC Local Government and Municipal Authority constituency.