Cities Race to Zero

By Charlotte Owen-Burge | July 8, 2021
Cities Race to Zero is a joint initiative of C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments, CDP, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the World Resources Institute to mobilize an unprecedented coalition of cities committed to setting science-based targets and start implementing inclusive and resilient climate action as part of the Race to Zero and in support of the COP26 Roadmap of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC.

It has a goal of recruiting 1,000 cities to the Race to Zero, in support of the COP26 Roadmap of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC.

C40 Cities

C40 Cities is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities who are working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. Through a Global Green New Deal, mayors are working alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labor, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to go further and faster than ever before.


The ICLEI Malmö Commitment and Strategic Vision is a pledge to make sustainable development the only model for development in the urban 21st century. Its joint programs, projects, initiatives, research, capacity building and advocacy in ICLEI drive worldwide action towards sustainability.At the ICLEI World Congress 2018 in Montréal, local and regional leaders across the ICLEI network released the ICLEI Montréal Commitment and Strategic Vision. Three years later, at the Virtual Launch of the ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022, hosted by Malmö, Sweden, the network refined and recommitted to this vision, The ICLEI Malmö Commitment And Strategic Vision 2021 – 2027.As a compass to shape and manage our actions in a rapidly changing world and to transform our cities, towns and regions, ICLEI will drive action through five critical, strategic and interlinked pathways that are the basis of sustainable urban development: low emission development, nature-based development, circular development, resilient development and equitable and people-centered development.In response to the global climate emergency, ICLEI launched a Climate Neutrality Framework, calling for the necessary level of ambition and daring leadership in all cities, towns and regions around the globe, whether urban or rural. As a part of the Green Climate Cities Program, this neutrality framework calls on all local and regional governments to accelerate climate action now. 
Red Argentina de Municipios frente al Cambio Climático (RAMCC)

Initiative overview. RAMCC is a network that gathers 257 argentinian municipalities that are distributed in 19 out of the 23 provinces that constitute our country. This evidences the wide variety of political, social, productive and geographical realities that we approach, working with cities of over one million inhabitants as well as with small towns of less than one thousand inhabitants.

Our main objective is to coordinate and implement public local policies related to the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Benefits: local governments receive technical support for the elaboration of their sustainable for energy and climate action plans (SECAPs). They also access to trainings related to climate finance, climate projects, mitigation and adaptation measures, energy efficiency. Besides, RAMCC’s executive secretariat is continuously studying and developing different tools that can help municipalities in the implementation of climate action, for example, the RAMCC Trust Fund, the RAMCC Forest Campaign, the RAMCC Corporate Carbon Footprint.

Geographic coverage: 157 argentinian municipalities

Suitable for:Local Governments

Case studies: Aggregated purchase of LED lightings for 12 argentinian municipalities through the RAMCC Trust Fund.

How to join: sending an email to


Contact Name / Email: Valentina De Marco