- Every two years, an invitation is extended to cities to sign up for the global WWF OPCC challenge and to demonstrate their leadership for a renewable and sustainable future. The current round of OPCC is focused on sign-ups of existing and new cities in both South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
- ICLEI Africa provides technical assistance and training on CDP ICLEI URS reporting to new OPCC participants, and further assists existing participants as needed on new actions being reported.
- ICLEI Africa, through alignment to the 2021 RISE Africa congress and other relevant opportunities, also provides support to a dedicated workstream focused on the activation of the African youth voice in the urban climate discourse through the development of a youth manifesto for COP 26, and follow up engagements with their city leadership. The expected outcome is for capacitated youth cohorts to support increased city ambition aligned to a 1.5’C world, across the sub-Saharan region.
WWF-SA and ICLEI Africa have partnered on the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) since (2016/2017??) to assist African districts, metros and municipalities to submit their climate action plans or projects via the CDP ICLEI Unified Reporting System (URS), motivating the need, and highlighting opportunities, for both adaptation and mitigation initiatives at the local level.
This long-standing challenge reviews cities’ climate actions and ambitions, and assesses whether they align with the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement. This long-standing challenge reviews cities’ climate actions and ambitions, and assesses whether they align with the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement. The biennial OPCC runs in in tandem with cities’ reporting on the CDP ICLEI Unified Reporting System (URS), allowing for all of a city’s environmental data to be collected in one place, providing cities with improved engagement on climate activities, centralizing data and tracking progress. The more ambitious, credible, strategic and innovative a city’s approaches are, the greater its chances are of being selected as a national or global OPCC winner. Participating cities are thus evaluated on their contribution towards achieving the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement.