Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) Global Online Series: Bringing Nature to Cities

Wednesday, 11 November, 2020 - 08:00 to 09:15
Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Tuesday, 10 November, 2020

GPSC Global Online Series: Bringing Nature to Cities

When: November 11, 2020

Time: 8 AM - 9:15 AM EST

Where: Online

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The Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) is organizing a weekly online series focusing on how cities can leverage the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented disruption to facilitate a green recovery and improve their long-term urban sustainability.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that the way cities are planned and built defines our quality of life and has highlighted the need for open green spaces in cities and access to urban nature. Urban biodiversity and ecosystem services are fundamental to economic activities and our well-being. The narrative around post-COVID-19 recovery should be shaped by building green urban environments, integrating the value of ecosystem services into urban and territorial planning, as well as investing in nature-based solutions and green infrastructure to build climate-resilient cities.

Opening Remarks

  • Juergen Voegele, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank


  • Kongjian Yu, Professor, Peking University College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Lena Chan, Senior Director, Singapore National Parks Board
  • Xueman Wang, Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

Discussion and Reflections

  • Karin Kemper, Global Director, World Bank
  • Gretchen C. Daily, Professor, Stanford Center for Conservation Biology
  • Sameh Wahba, Global Director, World Bank

Closing Remarks

  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, GEF CEO and Chairperson

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