Cities produce three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and consume over two-thirds of the energy supply. Globally, 70% of cities are already dealing with effects of climate change, and nearly all are at risk of natural disasters. Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees at the end of the century will require “rapid and far-reaching transitions” in cities and urban systems. UNDP has an established track record and proven-knowledge of integrated solutions and enabling frameworks to unlock transitions in key urban sectors, including energy generation and consumption, transport, waste management, protection of natural resources, as well as climate and disaster-resilient infrastructure. UNDP’s offer on urban climate action is further strengthened by its broader development mandate, insight and wide expertise in areas such as bridging the rural-urban divide, localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gender equality and women’s empowerment, health and air pollution, local governance, reducing vulnerability and multidimensional poverty.
This roundtable is a substantive discussion of the World Cities Report 2020 titled: The Value of Sustainable Urbanization. It takes places after the official launch of the Report. Urban experts and policymakers from different regions will debate and provide greater insights on the most important components of the value of sustainable urbanization.
UNDP is working with local governments and citizens to counter unplanned urbanization, turning neglected urban spaces into parks and green zones that use recycled waste in Lalitpur near Kathmandu, Nepal.
UNDP’s Tejiendo Futuro works with local governments and women’s groups to rebuild the businesses of women artisans devastated by natural disasters in Peru’s Puira Province, strengthening their sustainability and expanding their markets.
UNDP initiatives, local governments, and partners support Malaysian cities on a low-carbon path in response to the climate crisis, in a country where the temperature, rainfall, and sea levels have been rising for decades.
19 Feb 2020 - Private car journeys are forecasted to decrease by 10% in the world's largest cities by 2030. According to new research from Kantar, Manchester is set to see the biggest shift in the way people move around, followed by Moscow and São Paulo.
17 Feb 2020 - The Guangzhou Award serves as a platform for the sharing and exchange of innovative practices in the local implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (NUA). Its objective is to contribute to the creation of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements.