Urban-Act: Integrated Urban Climate Action for low-carbon & resilient cities

Urban-Act supports a transformation of urban development in China, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Thailand towards low-carbon & resilient development. It contributes to NDC implementation in coherence with SDG and CBD targets. Urban-Act follows a whole-of-government approach and strengthens the enabling national frameworks for collaborative climate action as well as the capacities of cities to engage in climate dialogue and climate action. Urban-Act supports the development of climate-sensitive Integrated Urban Development Plans (IUDP) and facilitates innovative climate measures in the priority sectors transport and building. It thereby contributes to creating tangible mitigation and adaptation results. Policy frameworks are enhanced focusing on coordination and financial incentives for climate-sensitive urban development. Systematic regional engagement of all 5 countries contributes to regional agenda setting, knowledge sharing and scaling up of best practices.

Project data

China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand
IKI funding
22,625,000.00 €
Included preparation phase
525,000.00 €
04/2022 till 09/2026
Political Partner
  • Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) - Philippines
  • Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning (DPT) - Thailand
  • Ministry of Ecology and Environment - China
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) - India
  • Ministry of Natural Resources - China
  • State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) - Indonesia
Implementing Partner
  • Chulalongkorn Universität - Thailand
  • Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center, Inc. (Clean Air Asia) - Philippinen
  • Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC) - Philippines
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
  • Shanghai Urban Planning Development & Research Institute (SUPDRI) - China
  • Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) - Thailand
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) - India
  • Tongji University (TJU) - China
  • TU Dortmund University (TUD) - Deutschland
  • United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific(UCLG ASPAC)
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) - Thailand
  • Universität Stuttgart - Deutschland
  • World Meteorological Organisation

State of implementation/results

  • The Urban-Act project was launched at the Seventh Session of the UNESCAP Committee on Environment and Development (CED) in Bangkok from 29 November to 1 December 2022. At the CED7 High officials and Ministers renewed national commitments from Asia-Pacific countries to boost regional cooperation on climate action, sustainable urban development, the protection of ecosystems and oceans, and implementing environmental rights principles. The Ministerial Declaration on “Protecting our planet through regional cooperation and solidarity in Asia and the Pacific” was endorsed at the close of the Committee.
  • Urban-Act joined the Leadership for Urban Climate Investment (LUCI) initiative at the end of 2022 and aims to contribute to the LUCI targets with an emphasis on strengthening cities capacities on project preparation and the identification of climate smart infrastructure projects. The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), as the secretariat of LUCI, committed to helping Urban-Act accelerate and scale its urban climate action impact by ensuring access to knowledge, networks, and collaboration opportunities.
  • Urban-Act started to engage with the City Climate Finance Gap Fund, most prominently for a possible pre-feasibility study to complement the transboundary Urban-Act pilot in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT). – Thailand:
    • Urban-Act Thailand discussed synergies with the IKI-financed URBAN project implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  • China:
    • On 7 December 2022, the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) was confirmed as the third project implementation partner for China. NCSC will engage in particular with the new pilot area of Gaoling District in the city of Xi’an.
    • Gaoling District, with a population of 460,000 located in the north-east of the city of Xi’an, has been selected as the third pilot city/area in China, in addition to the cities of Xiamen and Jiaxing.
  • India:
    • 3 pilot cities have been selected in India jointly with the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA): Coimbatore, Shimla and Panaji. Initial assessments of priorities for support with three cities/states have been conducted.

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