‘Leaving No-One Behind’ in Urban Climate Actions

By |2019-07-23T12:06:18+02:00July 23rd 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , , |

Home to an increasing majority of the world’s population, cities are at the forefront of the fight against climate change and rising inequality. While it is recognised that these challenges need to be tackled together, one can also witness a growing awareness of the trade-offs that can occur in cases when urban climate projects insufficiently cater for the needs of vulnerable communities. Mathilde Bouyé and Delfina Grinspan outline how climate projects need to be designed in order to leave no one behind.

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How Can Urban Flood Management in Vietnam Become More Sustainable?

By |2019-05-28T10:10:29+02:00May 28th 2019|climate change & resilience, water & sanitation, , , , |

More than one third of Vietnam's population is living in cities, requiring effective sanitation and stormwater services. Yet their provision is limited, with an estimation of less than 10 per cent of wastewater being treated in urban areas. Sebastian Malter argues that a diversification of drainage systems will support sustainable urban development.

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COP24: Outcomes Strengthen Multilevel Governance for Raising Ambition

By |2019-03-28T11:43:01+02:00March 28th 2019|climate change & resilience, governance & finance, , , , |

Multilevel governance is essential to the implementation of resilient infrastructure in cities around the world. For our spotlight on urban infrastructure, Jisun Hwang, Senior Climate Advocacy and Policy Officer at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, sums up what COP24 holds for local governments' resilience strategies.

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Promoting Innovative Financing Solutions for Cities

By |2019-03-14T13:36:29+02:00March 14th 2019|climate change & resilience, governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, , , , |

About 75 per cent of the infrastructure that needs to be in place by 2050 does not exist today. Getting such an immense scale of infrastructure development right will be critical to whether or not the world locks into a high- or low-carbon growth path. The newly established City Finance Lab tries to contribute innovative, replicable and scalable solutions to reach this ambitious goal.

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More Than Income: How Selling Household Items Can Transform Slum Communities

By |2019-02-12T10:24:18+02:00February 12th 2019|climate change & resilience, decent work, economic development, , , , , |

"LivelyHoods" forges economic opportunities for youth and women in Kenyan slums – while at the same time promoting clean energy. What are the project's success factors and what challenges does it face?

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Taking Cues from People’s Movements for Governing Climate Change Induced Migration

By |2019-01-08T10:18:48+02:00January 8th 2019|climate change & resilience, , , , |

An increasing number of droughts, floods, and other hazards mean that more and more people are deciding to migrate. Ritwika Basu describes what is needed at the governance level to deal with climate change induced migration.

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COP24: What Does it Mean for Cities and Regions?

By |2018-12-17T15:14:22+02:00December 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, governance & finance, , , , , , , |

COP24 in Katowice, Poland, has come to an end. Environmental journalist Lou del Bello sums up what its outcomes hold for cities and regions.

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“Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums”

By |2018-12-13T10:10:37+02:00December 13th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

At COP24, India-based Sheela Patel from SPARC talked to Lou del Bello about how climate change affects people in informal settlements the most – and about strategies to address their special needs.

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From Ambition to Reality: Why COP24 Needs to Acknowledge the Crucial Role of Local Governments

By |2018-12-03T10:46:42+02:00December 3rd 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , , , |

COP 24 is the place to further enhance the much-needed dialogue and collaboration between local and national governance with regards to their climate change policies, says Lou del Bello.

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The Need for Radical Transformation: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Cape Town, South Africa

By |2018-11-27T10:29:11+02:00November 27th 2018|climate change & resilience, , , , , , , |

It can no longer be denied that climate change has severe effects on our daily lives. As a response, the City of Cape Town has developed a policy that acknowledges climate change impacts as a pressing social and economic issue.

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San Francisco Climate Summit Not Global Enough for Developing World Leaders

By |2018-09-18T08:56:03+02:00September 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , |

For three days San Francisco became a climate change hub, filled with conferences and workshops. Still the Global Climate Action Summit turned out to be focused on the cities of the Global North.

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Climate Dance in San Francisco

By |2018-09-18T08:56:39+02:00September 11th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , |

This month, representatives of subnational governments are getting together at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. They are hoping to push national governments to adopt more ambitious climate targets.

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Liveable Cities Need Sustainable Solutions

By |2018-09-13T09:37:42+02:00September 4th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, green & smart development, , |

Climate change poses new and specific challenges to the way we think about building. Christine Lemaitre from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) calls out to architects, planners, and builders to respond to this challenge instead of waiting for the entailing problems to solve themselves.

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Collaboration for Climate Change Adaptation in Cities: Some Observations from Nepal

By |2018-07-26T14:58:20+02:00July 26th 2018|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, , , , , |

In the fourth part of our series on the Talanoa Dialogues, Kirti Kusum Joshi talks about the need for dialogue between federal, provincial, and local governments in order to reduce Nepal's vulnerability to climate change.

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How to Reduce Nigeria’s Urban Carbon Footprint

By |2018-08-24T09:15:42+02:00July 24th 2018|climate change & resilience, energy & waste, green & smart development, national urban policies, , , , , |

By increasing the share of renewables in Nigeria’s energy production, a growing urban population will be able to attain energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions will go down, says author Ifeoma Malo from Power for All.

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