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One Planet City Challenge
Bigger, Better, Bolder
The One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) is WWF’s invitation to cities to stand up and be counted in the global combat against climate change. WWF’s challenge to cities around the globe has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2011. To date 900 cities in over 70 countries have taken on the challenge with a breaking number of 359 cities from 48 countries this year alone.

Every city on the planet is welcome to join the OPCC where local governments are asked to transparently submit their climate action plans on a standardized international platform. This data is then evaluated through WWF’s peer reviewed assessment framework. Participants receive strategic feedback and guidance on big-win actions for maximum impact, capacity building and community engagement support.

To celebrate their accomplishments, and to inspire other cities to follow suit, frontrunners are recognized and rewarded through various communication activities locally and globally.  

OPCC participation offers cities ample opportunities for knowledge exchange which is greatly appreciated even where local context varies.
 
WWF’s ultimate goal is to support the creation of cities that enable people to thrive in balance with nature now and in the future. Read more


National Finalists 2024


Congratulations to the following cities on their selection as finalists in their respective countries. These cities will now be reviewed by the OPCC international jury of urban experts to identify the National and Global Winners of the One Planet City Challenge 2024. 

Argentina
Ciudad de Mendoza
Municipalidad de Avellaneda
Municipalidad de Rosario

Cameroon
Yaoundé

Canada
Calgary, AB
Hamilton, ON
Peterborough, ON

Chile
Alcaldia de Valdivia
Municipalidad de Vitacura
Renca

Colombia
Santiago de Cali
Envigado
Medellín

Costa Rica
Concejo Municipal de Distrito de Monte Verde
Municipalidad de Belén
Santa Ana

Ecuador
Alcaldía de Cuenca
Municipalidad de Portoviejo

Finland
Tampere

Germany
Mannheim

Guatemala
Escuintla
La Antigua Guatemala
San Jose

Indonesia
Balikpapan
Pontianak
Probolinggo

Malaysia
Iskandar Regional Development Authority
Penang Island City Council
Petaling Jaya City Council

Mexico
Hemosillo
Mérida
Zapopan

Norway
Faerder Municipality

Peru
Miraflores
San Borja
San Isidro

Philippines
Baguio City
Tagum City
City Government of Makati

South Africa
Cape Town 
eThekwini Municipality
Tshwane

Spain
Murcia

Sweden
Malmö
Stockholm
Uppsala

Switzerland
Zürich

Turkey
Antalya Metropolitan Municipality
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Kadiköy

UK
Dundee City Council
Sunderland City Council

USA
Bloomington, IN
Oak Park, IL
San Francisco, CA

Viet Nam
Can Tho City
Quang Binh Province
Thua Thien Hue Province


Why cities are important

Cities drive global GDP and generate the majority of the world’s carbon emissions. Cities are also the place where the rubber meets the road when it comes to climate action. When urban citizens want action, it is usually their  locally elected officials they turn to first – city officials have both the mandate and the influence to answer the call for climate action

Cities are where multiple, interlinked issues come into play, and where climate change solutions can be tried and tested. Cities can provide the world with much needed hope, ingenuity, and creativity.

Benefits to your city

  • Support in setting science-based targets that reflect Paris Agreement goals.
  • Customized feedback report on each city’s alignment with the Paris Agreement and assessment of their climate work including:
    • Support in understanding and structuring your overall climate performance
    • Guidance on science-based targets
  • Collaboration with leading city networks including the Global Covenant of Mayors, ICLEI, C40 and CDP.
  • Recognition of achievements on WWF and partners’ communications channels.
  • All OPCC finalists are invited to participate in the We Love Cities public engagement campaign
  • Toolbox with guidance on design of a climate action package and educational materials aimed at increasing public participation and involvement.
  • Opportunity to tap into available WWF programs on capacity-building, urban nature-based solutions, transport, waste, food and more.

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Information for participants

Find all the essential tools and resources to start your city’s journey toward a climate-friendly future.

Explore participant tools and resources

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We Love Cities

 

Click below for more information on this widely successful public engagement campaign.

Learn more about We Love Cities

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Join the movement and inspire the world!

Email us at opcc@wwf.se for instructions on how to participate in the OPCC.

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Contact

Victoria Olausson

Program Coordinator, One Planet City Challenge, WWF Cities

Barbara Evaeus

Global Communications Manager, One Planet City Challenge, WWF Cities