Key Summit Challenges

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring together leaders from state and local governments, business, investors, and citizens from around the world, to demonstrate how the tide has turned in the race against climate change, and inspire deeper commitments from each other and national governments.

Mobilizing bold new commitments that will contribute to meeting the Paris Agreement, the Summit will showcase climate action taking place around the world, celebrating the ongoing efforts that are already making an impact. It will also demonstrate to national governments in the run-up to COP24 that stronger commitments are necessary, desirable and achievable.

Challenging people, communities, societies and economies around the world to ‘step up’, the Summit is focused in taking ambition to the next level across five key issue areas: Healthy Energy Systems, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land and Ocean Stewardship, and Transformative Climate Investments.



The Healthy Energy Systems challenge focuses on the global shift toward clean and equitable energy and mobility systems advances climate progress and enables healthy people and places.


The Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge: States, regions, cities and business are being challenged to commit to using their purchasing and policy influence to massively accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles around the world by joining initiatives to hasten the shift to zero emission vehicles. This represents a global action towards a 2030 in which every citizen has a safe and accessible choice to walk, bike or use clean public transit. States, regions, cities, investors and businesses are playing their part in realizing a 100% zero emission vehicle future in line with science based targets. Together Mayors, Governors, business leaders are taking action so that by 2030 every citizen has safe and accessible choice to walk, bike, or use clean public transit, and every car sold is electric. Please email Birte Kurbjeweit at


Inclusive Economic Growth

The Inclusive Economic Growth challenge focuses on climate leadership along with the clean technology and energy transition to generate good jobs, broad-based economic opportunity, and inclusive, resilient growth.

Science-Based Targets Challenge: Businesses around the world are being challenged to set a science-based emissions reduction target ahead of the Summit, thereby aligning with the Paris Agreement and the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius. Learn more by visiting here, read the press release for this announcement here, and commit by emailing.

Just Transition Challenge: Businesses, governments and labor organizations share success stories on and make commitments to: (1) manage impacts on workers and communities transitioning away from high-carbon sectors and b) commitments that promote broad based economic opportunity through the creation of good jobs in newly emerging sectors. Please contact of BSR for more information.



Sustainable Communities

The Sustainable Communities challenge focuses on buildings, cities, communities and infrastructure that are clean, healthy and livable, and improve quality of life for all.

Net Zero Carbon Building Challenge: States and regions, cities, and businesses commit to owning, managing, occupying and designing net zero carbon buildings within their control; as well as identifying opportunities to support uptake through the wider supply chain through core business operations and policy mechanisms. For more information, see the press release of this announcement. To join, cities can contact or visit here for more information, or please contact for States and Regions and Victoria Burrows for business.

Green & Healthy Streets (“Fossil Fuel Free Streets”) Declaration: Cities pledge to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025, make a major area of their city zero emission by 2030, and encourage a shift to walking, cycling, and public transport. For more information, please visit here. To take action, please contact

Deadline 2020: Cities are being challenged to commit to develop and begin implementing a climate action plan before the end of 2020, which will deliver action consistent with the 1.5 degrees goal of the Paris Agreement. Deadline 2020 provides the first significant blueprint for achieving this. For more information, please visit here. To take action, please contact

Advancing Towards Zero Waste Challenge: Cities commit to reducing the amount of waste generated by at least 15% per capita by 2030, while also pledged to reduce the amount of municipal solid waste disposed to landfill or incineration by at least by 50% and increase the diversion rate away from landfill and incineration to at least 70% by 2030. For more information, please visit here. To commit, please contact



Land and Ocean Stewardship


The Land and Ocean Stewardship challenge focuses on acknowledging the role that forests, food, lands and ocean ecosystems must play in mitigating climate change and making our world more resilient, while also ensuring sufficient food supplies for a growing population.

The 30X30 Forests, Food and Land Challenge: Businesses, states, city and local governments, and global citizens commit to taking action for better forest and habitat conservation, food production and consumption, and land use, working together across all sectors of the economy to deliver up to 30% of the climate solutions needed by 2030. Learn more and get involved at

Ocean-Climate Action Agenda: The ocean is critical to the global fight against climate change and to all life on Earth. It plays a central role in absorbing human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and provides myriad other services that underpin the world’s economic, political, and cultural systems. To help secure global health and prosperity, we’re challenging governments and all sectors of society to commit to accomplish the goals in this Call to Action. To get involved in the Ocean-Climate Action Agenda, please email Jennifer Phillips



Transformative Climate Investments

The Transformative Climate Investments challenge focuses on mobilizing Investments on the scale needed to achieve the Paris Agreement, spur innovation and accelerate a clean and resilient economy.

The Investor Agenda: The Investor Agenda calls on global investors to accelerate and scale up the actions that are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. It is a comprehensive agenda for investors to manage climate risks and capture low-carbon opportunities, and a mechanism to report on their progress in four key focus areas: Investment, Corporate Engagement, Investor Disclosure and Policy Advocacy. The Investor Agenda was developed by Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, CDP, Ceres, Investor Group on Climate Change, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Principles for Responsible Investment and UNEP Finance Initiative. Participate in the investor agenda here or contact for more information.

%+ AUM Challenge: In line with the challenge launched in 2017 by Christiana Figueres at the PRI In Person Conference, signatories commit to invest a significant share of their assets in clean technologies and renewable energy by 2020. Investors interested in committing can do so through the Investor Agenda.

Green Bond Pledge: A declaration that all bonds that finance long-term infrastructure and capital projects need to address environmental impact and climate risk. Green bonds contribute to beneficial environmental and climate outcomes and signal that these imperatives have been deliberately incorporated into the planning and deployment of infrastructure projects. A call to action issued by Ceres, the Climate Bonds Initiative, and others, the Green Bond Pledge asks cities, governments and corporations to account for climate risk when designing future infrastructure and capital projects and to consider financing such projects with green bonds. For more information, please visit here.


Cross Cutting Challenges

Technology Challenge: The world’s most innovative and influential companies are challenged to help lead the world decarbonize at the pace & scale needed to meet the Paris Agreement. To learn more, visit here. To learn how to join this effort, please contact Yassamin Ansari.

Disclosure Challenge: States and regions, cities, businesses, and investors are being challenged to commit to universal public disclosure on their climate performance, with the goal of 300 new entities disclosing by the time of the Summit. For more information, please visit here.

2050 Pathways Challenge: States and regions are being challenged to sign the Under2 MOU and explore viable pathways towards net zero emissions in their jurisdictions by 2050 within the next two years. A 2050 pathways analysis is a vital tool to help governments to identify the technologies, infrastructure and investments that will be required to achieve their long-term climate goals, as well as the costs, risks and trade-offs associated with different policy approaches. States and regions interested in joining the 2050 Pathways Challenge should email Birte Kurbjeweit at .