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Green Harbours Of Hope: How Cities, Migration And Sustainability Can Work Together

Cities play a key role in addressing today's challenges, but success ultimately rests on their ability to work together and engage their communities. Part of the ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022: Road to Malmö, this webinar explores how cities can become sustainable, resilient, fair and inclusive.

by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Cities play a key role in addressing today's challenges, but success ultimately rests on their ability to work together and engage their communities. Part of the ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022: Road to Malmö, this webinar explores how cities can become sustainable, resilient, fair and inclusive.

The ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022: The Malmö Summit featured three days of rich and engaging sessions, preceded by the Research Symposium as a dedicated Research & Innovation component. The Malmö Summit sessions are divided into the following overarching categories:

  • Strategies towards a climate neutral future
  • Strategies towards resilient and healthy communities in harmony with nature
  • Strategies towards equitable and inclusive communities

Learn more here: https://worldcongress.iclei.org/

Enabling equitable access to resources and services
This webinar focused on the ACCESS dimension of the Urban Transitions Alliance equity framework. As sustainability plans and investments are affecting access to resources, services and infrastructures, it was discussed how positive accessibility outcomes can be ensured that benefit all residents, and how challenges hindering access can be addressed.

by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

This webinar was held on 5 April 2022 and focused on the ACCESS dimension of the Urban Transitions Alliance equity framework. As sustainability plans and investments are affecting access to resources, services and infrastructures, it was discussed how positive accessibility outcomes can be ensured that benefit all residents, and how challenges hindering access can be addressed.

With presentations from Cincinnati, the Ruhr Region and ICLEI Europe, the conversation touched on various ways of aligning policy making with local needs, collaborating with local communities and monitoring progress over time. This was the third edition of a threepart webinar series on the equitable circular economy, hosted in cooperation with Circular Turku.

Urban-rural linkages and ecosystem restoration
Urbanization and ecosystems are profoundly intertwined. As urbanization takes over more land and has greater impacts on ecosystems, and as towns and cities of all sizes demand ecosystem services (food, fiber, water, energy, etc.), flows of people, goods, services, information, capital, etc. define and drive urban–rural linkages in complex and intricate patterns.

Urban-rural linkages and ecosystem restoration

Publication date: 

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Resource type: Global Land Outlook

This is a working paper for the signature report of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Global Land Outlook published in March 2022.

As urbanization takes over more land and has greater impacts on ecosystems, and as towns and cities of all sizes demand ecosystem services (food, fiber, water, energy, etc.), flows of people, goods, services, information, capital, etc. define and drive urban–rural linkages in complex and intricate patterns.

The paper provides case studies, analysis and recommendations for land and ecosystem restoration at the urban-rural interface at a time of heightened urgency on multiple fronts on local, national, and international levels. It provides an overview of how selected cities and subnational governments have utilized specific entry points or pathways to restoration through, for example, land-use planning, biodiversity protection, urban forestry, open-space conservation and food system transformation.

Access the full publication here: https://www.unccd.int/resources/global-land-outlook/urban-rural-linkages-and-ecosystem-restoration

Heatwaves: Addressing a sweltering risk in Asia-Pacific
This report aims to inform and help focus strategic directions for local governments, frontline agencies, and policy makers responsible for climate and disaster risk management, urban development, and health and social protection, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region with further attention given to the urban poor. It reviews the current knowledge about human impact of heat waves. 

Heatwaves: Addressing a sweltering risk in Asia-Pacific

by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) | Publication Year: 2022

The last decade was the warmest on record, and leading organisations on climate change indicate that warmer temperatures are not a potential threat but a surety. This report considers ways in which disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA), and related scientific communities can rise to data challenges in order to provide policymakers with the evidence needed to set priorities and make decisions. Given the sizeable threat posed by extreme heat events, the report details the human impacts of heat waves, ranging from individual and community health to the built environment.

The purpose of this report is to:

  1. Explore the drivers of increased risk and socioeconomic impact of extreme heat.
  2. Identify and propose priority risk management policies for reducing vulnerability and human impact of extreme heat events.

This report aims to inform and help focus strategic directions for local governments, frontline agencies, and policy makers responsible for climate and disaster risk management, urban development, and health and social protection, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region with further attention given to the urban poor. It reviews the current knowledge about human impact of heat waves. The discussion is enriched by the expertise and practice shared by key informants from a range of fields, including but not limited to public health, meteorology, medicine, and disaster risk management.

Access the full report here (37 pages): https://www.undrr.org/publication/heatwaves-addressing-sweltering-risk-asia-pacific

Local Action on Sustainable Land Management
This publication presents an updated overview of the Small Grants Programme's (SGP) community-based approach/portfolio in the area of sustainable land management as part of overall UNDP's related portfolio, with special attention to gender and youth and a spotlight on the innovative partnership with SOS Sahel International with a focus on the Sahel region. It also includes a selection of case studies to showcase best practices and lessons learnt.

Local Action on Sustainable Land Management

Originally published by UNDP on 13 May 2022

Access the full publication here: https://www.undp.org/publications/local-action-sustainable-land-management

Ninth Session of the Africities Summit
The upcoming ninth edition of the Africities Summit will be held from the 17th to 21st of May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya. The theme of the 9th Africities Summit is “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063”. 

Ninth Session of the Africities Summit (17-21 May 2022)

For the first time ever, an intermediary city, Kisumu City – Kenya, will host the 9th Edition of Africities Summit, from the 17th to the 21st of May 2022. The theme for the 9th Edition is, ‘The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063’.

Africities is a Pan Africa conference that is convened by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s (UCLG-A) and brings together the leadership of cities and sub national governments and their associations for the advancement of decentralization and local governance aimed at improving the living standards of the citizens.

Africities Summits have been held every three years since 1998 when the first meeting was held in Abijan, Ivory Coast. Other Cities to host the summit include Johannesburg-South Africa, Dakar-Senegal and Marrakech-Morocco (twice).

Register here: https://africities.org/registration/

Official program: https://africities.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/AF9-AGENDA_150522_2.pdf

Learn more about the summit and its sessions here: https://africities.org/about-the-summit/#

Making Cities Heat Resilient: Moving from Understanding to Action
This Regional Heatwave Meeting will be part of a series to support cities of various MCR stages of resilience. The resources and tools shared will apply to cities of all stages of resilience, however, technical guidance will focus in particular on simple, scalable heat-health actions to increase understanding to mitigate heat-health risks and raise awareness for Stage A cities. 

Making Cities Heat Resilient: Moving from Understanding to Action

  • Date:                   Tuesday, 17 May 2022 
  • Time:                  14:00 – 16:30 hours Kuala Lumpur time 
  • Language:          English 
  • Format:               Virtual Zoom event  
  • Registration:      https://bit.ly/APHeatwave 
  • Audience:           Local Government officials, National Society and Country Technical Staff, Red Cross Red Crescent Youth Volunteers 

Description:

Heatwaves, or silent disasters, pose a Sweltering Risk in Asia-Pacific, and their increasingly severe, frequent and cross-cutting impacts span human health, well-being and livelihoods, especially those most vulnerable. Although heatwaves are a clear and rising threat in Asia Pacific, their impacts are preventable. Cities and Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, as auxiliary to government and interlocuters to communities, play a critical role, as those are on the front lines of this public health emergency.  This year, in preparation for Global Heat Action Day June 14, we invite you to join us to:   

  • Understand the Asia-Pacific heatwave context: drivers of risks, socio-economic impact, priority risk management policies for reducing vulnerability 
  • Gain inspiration from examples of municipal and Red Cross Red Crescent heat-health collaboration 
  • Empower your City and National Society with resources, tools and support via the MCR network for joint heat-health action  

This Regional Heatwave Meeting will be part of a series to support cities of various MCR stages of resilience. The resources and tools shared will apply to cities of all stages of resilience, however, technical guidance will focus in particular on simple, scalable heat-health actions to increase understanding to mitigate heat-health risks and raise awareness for Stage A cities. For more information, please see the detailed agenda attached. In case of inquiries, please contact, IFRC Asia Pacific Urban Community Resilience Hub, urbanhub.asiapacific@ifrc.org

Cover Photo of Ahmedabad, India: ideepakmathur/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 4.0

Aiming Higher: Elevating Meaningful Youth Engagement for Climate Action
This guidance explores what meaningful youth engagement in climate action looks like, both conceptually and practically. It does this by identifying dimensions and pathways that support meaningful youth participation and by providing actionable recommendations for climate action in general and NDC implementation specifically. 

Aiming Higher: Elevating Meaningful Youth Engagement for Climate Action

Originally published in March 2022 by UNDP

This guidance explores what meaningful youth engagement in climate action looks like, both conceptually and practically. It does this by identifying dimensions and pathways that support meaningful youth participation and by providing actionable recommendations for climate action in general and NDC implementation specifically. The guidance builds upon UNDP's knowledge and experience working with young people and was developed after extensive consultations with global youth climate actors.

Access the full publication here: https://www.undp.org/publications/aiming-higher-elevating-meaningful-youth-engagement-climate-action

Transitioning Economies, Transforming Climate: Financing Climate Action
The event includes videos laying out the climate finance landscape as well as young people expressing their hopes for climate action at COP27.

Transitioning Economies, Transforming Climate: Financing Climate Action for a Green and Inclusive Future

World Bank - IMF Spring Meetings 2022 | This event occurred on 21 April 2022

Description

The connection between development and climate change is increasingly clear: delivering on these together will require large-scale low-carbon and resilient investments. It will also require approaches that tackle the political economy of the low-carbon transition and help communities build long-lasting resilience to climate change. What are the investments needed to achieve a green, resilient and sustainable future? How can we unlock private finance for climate action? How are countries stepping up to the challenge?

This event considers the actions that are needed to create enabling environments, leverage different pools of capital at the right time, for specific needs, while involving communities and bringing them along in the global low-carbon, resilient transition. More information: http://wrld.bg/VEvv50Ivcz6 

Speakers

  • David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group
  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance, Indonesia
  • Makhtar Diop, Managing Director, IFC
  • Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Rhian-Mari Thomas, Chief Executive, Green Finance Institute
  • Yves Perrier, Chairman of the Board, Amundi
  • Mari Pangestu, Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank
  • Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics
  • Auguste Kouamé, Country Director for the Republic of Turkey, World Bank
  • Hania Dawood, Manager, Climate Business Development and Strategy, IFC

Agenda

  • 00:00 Welcome! WBG Spring Meetings 2022 | Financing Climate Action
  • 03:09 Climate action, climate change, global public goods
  • 21:32 How climate finance works?
  • 25:14 Private capital in supporting climate action
  • 51:00 How to make climate finance tangible and action-oriented
  • 1:03:32 Social media conversation and poll results
  • 1:06:42 Live Q&A: How we can finance effective climate action
  • 1:19:59 COP27: What young people are looking to change on climate action
  • 1:22:58 Closure | Thanks for watching the WBG Spring Meetings 2022

Closed captions and video interpretations in 

ABOUT WBG SPRING MEETINGS 2022: Preparing for future crises and strengthening international cooperation are essential to deliver a resilient recovery and a better future for those most in need. At these Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group will convene leaders, experts and activists to discuss the impact of these global shocks on the most vulnerable communities. https://live.worldbank.org/JoinUs

ABOUT THE WORLD BANK GROUP: The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for low-income countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development. Learn more here: http://www.worldbank.org

Retrieved from https://live.worldbank.org/sm22/climate

5th OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs
The Roundtable brought together key stakeholders from cities, regions, national governments, the private sector, civil society, academia, philanthropy and international organisations to launch the OECD policy paper on The Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework for COVID-19 Recovery in Cities and Regions, based on the OECD-CoR Survey.

5th OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs

by OECD | This webinar occurred on 26 April 2022

The Roundtable brought together key stakeholders from cities, regions, national governments, the private sector, civil society, academia, philanthropy and international organisations to:

  1. Launch the OECD policy paper on The Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework for COVID-19 Recovery in Cities and Regions, based on the OECD-CoR Survey.
  2. Present the draft OECD Toolkit to implement a Territorial Approach to the SDGs, including:
    • lessons from 10 policy dialogues with cities and regions;
    • successful examples on how cities and regions are using the SDGs as a policy-making tool;
    • a Self-Assessment tool for cities and regions to monitor to what extent they are following the OECD Checklist on A Territorial Approach to the SDGs.
  3. Discuss how city-to-city partnerships and decentralised development co-operation can contribute to localising the SDGs and addressing the unfolding uncertainty in the current international context.

Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAhosll4BZ0