Spotlight on: COP27

Decarbonising Global Urban Transport: The COP27 Presidency Initiative LOTUS

By |2022-11-29T10:37:21+01:00November 29th 2022|Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , , |

There is no panacea, no silver bullet: Only a holistic approach to technology and urban mobility will ensure sustainable transport for the sake of people and planet. Led by the Egyptian COP27 Presidency, the Low Carbon Transport for Urban Sustainability (LOTUS) initiative was launched. By Christopher Dekki

Spotlight on: cop27

COP27: Equipping Today’s Cities for Tomorrow’s Climate Crises

By |2022-11-22T09:26:54+01:00November 21st 2022|Global Urban Debates, , , , |

Lou Del Bello reports from COP27 and highlights some of the key topics, such as the war in Ukraine and the Summary for Urban Policymakers. The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

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Policy and Financing for Net Zero Carbon Buildings: Insights from COP27

By |2022-11-21T11:51:13+01:00November 18th 2022|Governance & Finance, , , , |

November 17 was Solutions Day at the recent climate conference COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. To discuss how to combine financial modalities with city-level policies to facilitate public and private investment in low- and zero-carbon buildings, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development co-hosted an event with the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance. By Laura Puttkamer

At COP26, Cities were Climate Action Watchdogs

By |2022-11-21T11:48:23+01:00November 23rd 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , , , |

Lou Del Bello reports on COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place in Glasgow, Scotland.

COP 25 – What Impact on Cities and Regions?

By |2022-11-21T11:48:36+01:00December 17th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , |

Delegates at COP25 in Madrid reached an agreement, without the robust language and ambitions that were wished to be seen in the approved texts. This leaves subnational and urban leaders responsible for implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), making local climate activities the messengers of hope.

COP25 – A Chance To Discover Cities’ Potential

By |2022-11-21T11:48:48+01:00December 2nd 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Municipal & Climate Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

The climate summit in Madrid represents a unique opportunity for urban communities to take inspiration from each other, to build cities that are better prepared to tackle climate change, and to obtain investments. National delegates will need to increasingly confide in local authorities and provide them with more resources if they want to develop prompt and effective responses to the climate crisis.

COP24: Outcomes Strengthen Multilevel Governance for Raising Ambition

By |2022-11-21T11:48:58+01:00March 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.

COP24: What Does it Mean for Cities and Regions?

By |2022-11-21T11:49:18+01:00December 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.

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

By |2022-11-21T11:50:26+01:00December 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.

After COP23, it is now up to local and national leaders to act on their promises

By |2021-02-23T15:56:12+01:00November 22nd 2017|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , , , , , |

With COP23 now over, it is again up to nation states and local governments to act and implement their agreements. Wrapping up the reporting on the conference, Lou del Bello looks at coordinating climate action, and necessary changes in infrastructure and urban policy.

COP23 enters second week: island states stress urgency to act

By |2021-02-24T08:28:11+01:00November 14th 2017|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , , , , |

COP23 continues into its second week: Rising ambition for climate protection is not enough, say mayors as cities, regions and business claim their place at the UN table. Being at the frontline of climate change impacts, island states call for urgent practical actions. Lou del Bello reports from Bonn.

COP23 kicks off in Bonn: cities in the limelight

By |2017-11-07T10:19:52+01:00November 7th 2017|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , , , , |

On November 6, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) started in Bonn, Germany. Under the presidency of Fiji, for two weeks delegates from around the world are negotiating the implementation of the Paris Agreement with a focus on developing guidelines for transparency, emission reductions, provision of finance, and technology. What role do cities and regions play at COP23, and what is new compared to previous climate conferences? Lou del Bello reports from Bonn.

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