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United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Second Forum of Mayors 2022
The Forum of Mayors is a platform for on-going exchange and mutual learning where Mayors will present their efforts to tackle challenges in their cities. Cities will learn from each other’s best practices in the areas of housing and climate-neutral buildings, green cities and nature-based solutions, sustainable urban transport and safer roads, and smart urban development solutions.

Second Forum of Mayors 2022 

by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) | Dates: 4-5 April 2022

At its 80th session the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management agreed to dedicate one of the three days of the Committee session to discussions concerning, and involving the participation of, local authorities, in particular mayors, following a similar format to the Day of Cities. The Forum of Mayors will be organized on the first day of the Committee session and focus on a specific thematic issue related to sustainable urban development, housing and land management.

It also invited the Forum to transmit its recommendations on how to address the challenges that local authorities/governments face in achieving sustainable urban development, housing and land management to the Committee in the context of assisting the Committee in its activities in the ECE region.

It further invited the Forum to transmit its recommendations relevant to other ECE bodies to the relevant bodies for information and possible consideration (e.g., Committee on Sustainable Energy, Inland Transport Committee, etc.).

In addition, the Forum of Mayors is a platform for on-going exchange and mutual learning where Mayors will present their efforts to tackle challenges in their cities. Cities will learn from each other’s best practices in the areas of housing and climate-neutral buildings, green cities and nature-based solutions, sustainable urban transport and safer roads, and smart urban development solutions.

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A Global Perspective on eMobility Trends in 2022
In this webinar, WRI’s e-mobility experts will highlight e-mobility developments from regions around the world and share how their work advances the e-mobility transition. This discussion will also cover anticipated e-mobility progress, including the continued growth in financing for e-mobility, the status of sustainable batteries, and business model innovation.

A Global Perspective on eMobility Trends in 2022

Online Webinar by the World Resources Institute (WRI) on 3 March 2022 (10-11:15 AM Eastern Standard Time)

DESCRIPTION

The electric mobility landscape is evolving rapidly around the world and will continue to expand in 2022. With our global team of experts, WRI has unique insights on the latest policy and technology advancements on a wide range of topics such as equitable charging infrastructure, zero emission zone policies, transportation decarbonization pathways, vehicle-grid integration, and expansion in electric buses and electric 2- and 3-wheelers.

SPEAKERS

  • Erika Myers, Acting Director, Global eMobility, WRI (Moderator)
  • Vishant Kothari, Manager, Electric Mobility, WRI 
  • Cristina Albuquerque, Urban Mobility Manager, WRI Brasil 
  • Pawan Mulukutla, Program Director, Clean Mobility and Energy Tech, WRI India 
  • Anna Oursler, Urban Mobility Coordinator, WRI Africa 
  • Lulu Xue, Urban Mobility Manager, WRI China

Register here: https://wri.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TML1i0HlRbWSocmXbVrFVw

The Cities We Need: Seven Equitable Urban Transformations
In this interactive webinar, we will focus on one urban transformation, financing and subsidies, while the second topic of discussion will be decided by an audience vote. Experts from the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities will provide insights on these transformations and a former city official from Bogotá, Colombia will share their experiences in municipal finance and offer practical recommendations that can be adopted in other cities.

The Cities We Need: Seven Equitable Urban Transformations

Webinar by the World Resources Institute (WRI) | Online | Register here

 - 08:00 – 09:00 CRT / 09:00 – 10:00 EST / 11:00 – 12:00 BRT & ART

1.2 billion people - over one in three city dwellers - are currently underserved by core urban services, leaving them vulnerable to disease and health risks, economic crises, environmental hazards and natural disasters.

To build the cities we need, equity and sustainability must be placed at the forefront of every planning decision. Join UrbanShift on March 10, 2022, as we examine the findings of the World Resources Report, Towards a More Equal City, which describes seven transformations that can improve access to core urban services and create enduring change in cities worldwide.

Speakers:

  • Rogier van den Berg, Acting Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities  
  • Dr. Anjali Mahendra, Director of Global Research, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities  
  • Dr. Robin King, Director of Knowledge Capture & Collaboration, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities  
  • Dr. Carmenza Saldias Barreneche, Colombian municipal finance and urban planning expert  

This webinar will be offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

Retrieved from https://www.wri.org/events/2022/3/cities-we-need-seven-equitable-urban-transformations?utm_campaign=wridigest&utm_source=wridigest-2022-02-15&utm_medium=email&utm_content=event

Cover Image: Bogotá, Colombia. Flickr / Pedro Szekely.

The SDGs as a framework for COVID-19 recovery in cities and regions: Findings from the OECD-CoR Survey
As part of the OECD Programme A Territorial Approach to the SDGs, this webinar will present key findings from a draft policy paper based on a joint survey conducted by the OECD and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the SDGs as a Framework for COVID-19 Recovery in Cities and Regions. The webinar will take stock of efforts to localise the SDGs, discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on the implementation of the SDGs at the sub-national level, and fine-tune policy recommendations for SDG-proof long-term COVID-19 recovery strategies.

The SDGs as a framework for COVID-19 recovery in cities and regions: Findings from the OECD-CoR Survey

28 February 2022 | 15:30-17:00 (CET) | Online event | Register here

As part of the OECD Programme A Territorial Approach to the SDGs, this webinar will present key findings from a draft policy paper based on a joint survey conducted by the OECD and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the SDGs as a Framework for COVID-19 Recovery in Cities and Regions. The webinar will take stock of efforts to localise the SDGs, discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on the implementation of the SDGs at the sub-national level, and fine-tune policy recommendations for SDG-proof long-term COVID-19 recovery strategies.

Moderator: Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, OECD

Opening & welcoming remarks (10 min)

  • Ricardo Rio, Mayor of the City of Braga, Portugal, Rapporteur on the SDGs, CoR

Presentation of the survey results (15 min)

  • Lorenz Gross, Junior Economist, OECD
  • Lucia Alfano, Policy Officer, European Committee of the Regions

Discussion with participants (50 min)   

Closing remarks & Next Steps (15 min)

  • Stefano Marta, Coordinator, A Territorial Approach to the SDGs, OECD

For further information, please contact stefano.marta@oecd.org

Climate Adaptation and Urban-Rural Transformations in the Horn of Africa
The Horn of Africa has for decades been one of the continent's fastest changing and most turbulent regions. It is also still a disproportionately rural region, with tens of millions of subsistence farmers and pastoralists who have extensive experience with weathering meteorological variability but who, for a host of reasons, are nonetheless among the world's most vulnerable populations in the face of climatic upheaval. This panel featuring some of the region's leading experts on sustainable development will take stock of ongoing efforts to adapt to intensifying climatic changes and the parallel challenges of strengthening sustainable livelihoods in remote rural areas and the Horn's rapidly growing cities.

Climate Adaptation and Urban-Rural Transformations in the Horn of Africa

by Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Date and Time: Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST

Format: Zoom Webinar

Register here: https://www.energypolicy.columbia.edu/events-calendar/climate-adaptation-and-urban-rural-transformations-horn-africa



This event is the latest installment a new webinar series through which the Center on Global Energy Policy seeks to foreground the heterogeneity of perspectives found around the continent on what climate means in different African contexts and how more than one billion Africans are already living with extraordinary climatological variability and constraints on the use of natural resources.

Moderator:

  • Harry Verhoeven, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA

Panelists:

  • Balgis Elasha Osman, Chief Climate Change Expert, African Development Bank
  • Yifru Tafesse, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopia's Agricultural Transformation Agency
  • Simon Wagura Ndiritu, Associate Professor, Strathmore University Business School

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This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.
 
This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Natalie Volk (nv2388@columbia.edu).
 
For more information about the event, please contact energypolicyevents@columbia.edu.

Cities, Culture, Climate and Creativity Knowledge Sharing Series #3: Achieving Local Economic Development Leveraging Art Festivals
In this event, we will introduce a unique Japanese art festival methodology which has been proven successful in revitalizing regions and generating local economic development.

Cities, Culture, Climate and Creativity Knowledge Sharing Series #3: Achieving Local Economic Development Leveraging Art Festivals

by World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)

Date and Time: Wednesday Mar 2, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:10 PM Japan Standard Time (JST)

Register here

DESCRIPTION

The session will begin with an overview of the art-festival methodology from Fram Kitagawa, who has been developing and pioneering art-led regional revitalization for over 20 years. The presentation will follow a discussion based on the World Bank’s experience in operationalizing this unique approach to a Local Development Support Project in Sri Lanka.

The event will be livestreamed via Zoom. Simultaneous interpretation (ENG/JPN) will be available.

PROGRAM

Opening Remarks
TBD

Presentation: Art Opens Up Local Possibilities

Fram Kitagawa
Chairman, Art Front Gallery

Discussion: Bringing Creative Industries and Local Economic Development in Sri Lanka to Full Circle

Yarissa Lyngdoh Sommer
Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

Victor Mulas
Senior Urban Specialist and TDLC Team Lead, World Bank

Moderator

Victor Mulas
Senior Urban Specialist and TDLC Team Lead, World Bank

James Lee
Knowledge Management Analyst, World Bank

About the Cities, Culture, Climate and Creativity Knowledge Sharing Series
The event series will coincide with, and build upon, the launch of the two reports that have been published by the World Bank in summer, 2021: “Cities, Culture, Creativity: Leveraging Culture and Creativity for Sustainable Urban Development and Inclusive Growth” published by the World Bank in cooperation with UNESCO; and “Kyoto: A Creative City – Leveraging creativity for city competitiveness and inclusive urban development”, a case study published by the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC). This event series will explore the role of creative spaces in urban transformation and increased economic activity. The key topic for series #1 was "Launching Event for ‘Cities, Culture, and Creativity’ Report", and series #2 was "Launching Event of ‘Kyoto: A Creative City’ Report".

Webinar: Sustainable Infrastructure – Fiscal Sustainability and Innovative Financing

Webinar: Sustainable Infrastructure – Fiscal Sustainability and Innovative Financing

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>Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University

Date and Time: Wednesday, 9 February 2021 | 8 a.m. ET | 1 p.m. GMT | 2 p.m. CET | 8 p.m. Bangkok Time

The latest interactive webinar in the Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principles into Practice series, hosted by the Sustainable Infrastructure Community of Learners, on Wednesday, February 9, will focus on Principle #8 from UNEP’s International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure: Fiscal Sustainability and Innovative Financing.

In the technical presentation, Robin Grenfell (Green Investment Group, Macquarie Group) will speak on “FAST-Infra and the Sustainable Infrastructure Label.” Then, we will hear from Jackson Kiplagat (World Wildlife Fund- Kenya), who will deliver the case presentation on “Success of East Africa’s Debut Green Bond Issue: The Case of Acorn Holdings.” As always, the session will include interactive activities such as polling, breakout sessions, and Q&As to allow an exchange with the presenters and your colleagues.

Register here

About the Series

Launched in May 2021, Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principles into Practice is a monthly interactive webinar series for the sustainable infrastructure community. Each webinar, held on the second Wednesday of every month, will focus on one of the 10 Good Practice Principles.

If you missed any of the previous webinars or would like to rewatch, you can find them all in this YouTube playlist.

About the Sustainable Infrastructure Community of Learners

The Sustainable Infrastructure Community of Learners (SI-CoL) is a network of individuals and organizations with expertise and dedication to capacity development for sustainable infrastructure. SI-CoL members have a wide range of proficiencies, including infrastructure planning at the project and systems level, sustainable finance, sustainable procurement, environmental and social assessments, inclusive infrastructure development, sustainable transportation, energy access, water management, nature-based solutions, and climate adaptation. SI-CoL works in close collaboration with UNEP’s Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership.

To connect with others in the community and continue the discussion outside of the webinars, we encourage you to join the SI-CoL LinkedIn group.

SI-CoL Partner Hosts

  • Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership
  • Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • The Green Gray Community of Practice
  • UN Environment Programme
  • Conservation International
  • ITTECOP
  • The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Project ECHO

Learn more here: https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/events/sustainable-infrastructure-fiscal-sustainability-and-innovative-financing?utm_source=evite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SIPrinciplesToPractice

Webinar: The integration of participatory approaches to SDG localization
This panel discussion will hear from scholars who have published in the recent Policy Forum in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities on SDG localization. The discussion will challenge the traditional “top-down” dichotomy in implementing the SDGs, highlighting that to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is essential to translate the SDGs into national and local policy initiatives. The incorporation of participatory approaches in this process is vital in ensuring collective action and democratic participation.

The integration of participatory approaches to SDG localization

by Human Development & Capability Association

Date and Time: 15th February 2022 (11 am CET) | Register here

The panel discussion will comprise of a number of short presentations by authors, who will highlight how participatory approaches have been utilized in implementing the SDGs in a local context. The discussion will conclude with a discussion amongst panel members, and Q&A from the audience.

Learn more here: https://hd-ca.org/event/the-integration-of-participatory-approaches-to-sdg-localization

Online Course - Making Cities Resilient: Developing Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Strategies
The registration for the UNDRR-UNITAR online learning course on “Making Cities Resilient: Developing Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Strategies (Winter Session / Accessible Course)” is now open. This is a self-paced learning course useful for local governments and all relevant stakeholders who wish to learn more about disaster risk reduction and many useful tools and approaches for enhanced planning and development of local disaster risk reduction strategies.

Duration: 31 January to 29 April 2022.

Language: Two courses will be running simultaneously – one in English and one in Spanish. 

Course Fee: 100 USD

For more details:

English version - Making Cities Resilient: Developing Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Strategies (Winter Session / Accessible Course) https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/making-cities-resilient-developing-local-disaster-risk-reduction-and-resilience-6

Español - Desarrollando Ciudades Resilientes: Elaboración de Estrategias Locales de Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres y de Resiliencia (Sesión de Invierno, Curso Accesible) https://www.unitar.org/event/es/full-catalog/desarrollando-ciudades-resilientes-elaboraci%C3%B3n-de-estrategias-locales-de-reducci%C3%B3n-de-4

For inquiries, please contact with the Subject "E-Learning course UNITAR and UNDRR GETI (Winter 2022 edition)":

The Role of Intermediary Cities in Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages Amid Rapid Urbanization in Africa

Webinar: The Role of Intermediary Cities in Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages Amid Rapid Urbanization in Africa

UN-Habitat and UCLG Africa are undertaking a series of dialogues on the issue of Urban-Rural Linkages (URL) towards the Africities summit, which will bring together more than 5000 representatives of local governments in Kisumu in May 2022. The overall purpose of the dialogue is to review policies and institutional frameworks supporting the integration of the rural and urban continuum and its impact on establishing the foundation for local economic development and its’ ability to connect markets and systems of cities. Best practices will be collected, disseminated, and replicated with the view of informing ongoing policies and national development plans for a holistic approach of local economic development for secondary and intermediary cities in East African Countries.   This includes a virtual event on “The Role of Intermediary Cities in Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages Amid Rapid Urbanization in Africa.”   The webinar is a joint initiative between UN-Habitat and UCLGA scheduled on the 21st of January from 3 to 4:45 pm (East Africa Time).

Please join the Microsoft Teams meeting on your computer or mobile app here.

Learn more about the concept note and the Urban-Rural Linkages: Guiding Principles and Framework for Action here: https://urbanpolicyplatform.org/urban-rural-linkages/