Why Cities Climate Finance Matters

By |2024-01-04T08:45:02+01:00September 23rd 2019|

At the Climate Action Summit, it is widely acknowledged that cities are key in addressing climate change. Yet, sufficient funding for necessary measures is often hard to come by. Barbara Buchner presents some new and promising approaches of mobilising finance for building resilient urban infrastructure.

UN-Habitat Working with Partners and City Leaders on Climate Action

By |2024-01-04T08:45:18+01:00September 19th 2019|

With the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit up ahead next week, UN-Habitat's Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif explains why ambitious climate action depends on cities and presents four new initiatives, which will be launched at the Summit.

Climate Resilient Infrastructure – the Way Forward

By |2024-01-04T08:47:27+01:00September 5th 2019|

Current design standards for building infrastructure are based on outdated, historic climate data. In the face of climate change, planning, operation, maintenance, and management of infrastructure need to be revised, says urban environmental planner Riya Rahiman.

‘Leaving No-One Behind’ in Urban Climate Actions

By |2024-01-03T16:57:46+01:00July 23rd 2019|

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.

Promoting Innovative Financing Solutions for Cities

By |2024-01-03T10:24:46+01:00March 14th 2019|

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.

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

By |2024-01-02T18:42:59+01:00January 8th 2019|

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.

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

By |2024-01-02T18:46:52+01:00December 3rd 2018|

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.

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

By |2024-01-02T18:47:25+01:00November 27th 2018|

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.

Local Governments, Climate Change and Multi-Level Governance

By |2024-01-02T18:55:45+01:00November 1st 2018|

Transformative local climate action is essential as cities both significantly contribute to climate change and suffer from its consequences. A new study explores how different multi-level climate governance instruments can support the realisation of local climate mitigation and adaptation.

San Francisco Climate Summit Not Global Enough for Developing World Leaders

By |2024-01-02T16:01:48+01:00September 17th 2018|

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.

Climate Dance in San Francisco

By |2024-01-02T16:04:04+01:00September 11th 2018|

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.

Local Initiatives for a National Agenda: Brazilian Cities are Creating a Climate for Change

By |2024-01-02T14:57:55+01:00June 1st 2018|

Brazil’s national climate agenda has set ambitious goals until 2030. But so far, the country lacks a strategy to include actors from all levels of governance into a cohesive approach. Nevertheless, many Brazilian cities are taking on the challenge to make a change. Laura Valente de Macedo analyses obstacles, drivers and possible perspectives.

Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By |2024-01-02T15:04:08+01:00April 25th 2018|

Constructing a house is a rite of passage to adulthood in most peri-urban areas of Mozambique. While it is common for people to build their own homes using traditional techniques, it often reproduces vulnerability as most of these self-built houses are easily damaged even by low or medium magnitude weather events. How can resilient construction techniques prompt behaviour change in house construction and generate income?

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