People in rapidly urbanising countries are bearing the burden of global warming, especially the most vulnerable communities that are the least responsible for these effects. This compounds existing social inequalities that increase and exacerbate the exposure and vulnerability of the urban poor to the effects of climate change.

Despite clear vulnerabilities, urbanization and urban development present opportunities to reduce climate risks and meet long-term climate goals.

Local governments and organized community groups are key actors for effective and sustainable interventions to reduce risks and build resilience in cities.

Based on lessons learned from the Cities Alliance Stronger Partnerships: Local Innovations for New Climate Realities in Cities initiative, this infographic highlights the key reasons to invest in climate adaptation at the community level.