Multilevel Action & Urbanization Pavilion at COP28

The global stage for the cities and regions at COP28 | Dubai | 30 Nov - 12 Dec 2023

The Multilevel Action & Urbanization Pavilion

The Multilevel Action & Urbanization Pavilion serves as the global stage for the city climate agenda during COP28. The Pavilion will bring into focus not only the challenges and needs, but also the accomplishments and commitments of local and subnational actors on climate action.

Our inclusive platform brings together cities, towns, regions, and representatives from the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency organizations, as well as individuals and groups dedicated to supporting local and subnational actors in playing more substantial roles in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.



The Pavilion is co-convened by UN-Habitat and ICLEI in its role as the focal point of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA Constituency). The Pavilion is co-hosted by the Scottish Government and Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) and C40 Cities. A diversity of partners have also supported the Pavilion, including:



COP28 is the moment when the world convenes in one location to discuss climate action. This year, 70,000 participants, including heads of state, government officials of every level, international industry leaders, private sector representatives, academics, experts, youth, and non-state actors are expected to travel to Dubai or attend virtually.

The decisions during these two weeks will impact our lives and our future. With 70% of cities already facing climate impacts, this is a critical moment when the voice of cities must be heard: Cities are key to delivering climate solutions. Around 65% of the 169 targets of the 17 SDGs cannot be achieved without the engagement of local and regional governments. Cities, towns, regions and other subnationals are converging on COP28 to demonstrate how this can be done.

 Format and Structure

In-person event spaces

The Pavilion will offer a global stage for the city climate agenda, facilitating high level panels and announcements; a networking area, for fostering dialogue and exchange; and a workshop space for smaller, more hands-on presentations and meetings.


Hybrid events

Many of the events taking place on the global stage of the Multilevel Climate Action & Urbanization Pavilion at UNFCCC COP28 will be organized as hybrid events, allowing all events to have both speakers as well as attendees join either in-person at the Pavilion, or virtually. Live-streamed events will be accessible on YouTube (TBC).


Two weeks of high-level success

The high-level champions announced daily multilevel themes for COP26. For each day of the main proceedings, the Pavilion connected the overarching themes for debate and knowledge exchange with success stories of subnational climate action and collaboration. Here, the national discussions and decisions were made locally relevant.

The Agendas at a glance

An overview of the official events at COP28.

What they’re saying about COP

“COP was always seen as an event reserved for national governments, but this has changed to include cities. Cities have different vulnerabilities and different emissions. We need a local dimension and localized solutions to take climate action.” – Rudiger Ahrend, Head of the Economic Analysis, Data and Statistics Division, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship

“There is a strong correlation between countries that have registered increases in their national climate ambitions and those that have collaborated among all levels of government.” – Yunus Arikan, ICLEI Head of Global Advocacy; UNFCCC LGMA Focal Point

Visit us at COP28

Our primary objective is to create a space where a range of diverse stakeholders can convene to discuss collectively tackling the climate crisis at the local and subnational level. To achieve this, we are designing a space that helps every visitor to the Multilevel Action & Urbanization Pavilion to leave feeling informed about how cities, towns, regions and other subnationals can work together with a variety of partners to contribute to global climate solutions.

Through two weeks of programming, in over fifty individual events, we, with our partners, will share valuable insights and knowledge, and attendees are encouraged to contribute their perspectives to enhance collective learning, and identify opportunities for collaboration. In addition to a dedicated networking zone, Pavilion visitors will also find opportunities to connect between sessions.

Our Pavilion design encourages diverse discussions, especially between local, subnational, and national governments, and stakeholders. In addition to the event space, the Pavilion will host a dedicated networking space for informal discussions, supporting stakeholders to connect the dots. Through thoughtfully designed spaces and engaging events, we aim to host events of various perspectives to give opportunities for a well-rounded agenda of discussions, engaging a broader audience.


The Multilevel Action & Urbanization Pavilion at UNFCCC COP28 would not have been possible without the support from its partners.