We live on a rapidly urbanizing planet, but our cities are struggling to provide basic services to their people – from clean air and water to reliable public transport and safe, affordable housing. As a result of this unprecedented urban growth, carbon emissions are on the rise and pressures on vital ecosystems are intensifying.
Annual Report 2022-2023
In this milestone year, UrbanShift hosted around 30 events and reached over 2,300 urban leaders and practitioners. Explore the broad range of activities and resources that UrbanShift produced in the second full year of the program in this Annual Report.
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- 2/3 of the world's population
will live in cities by 2050
- 70% of global CO2 emissions
are produced by cities
- 1.4 billion city dwellers
are at high or extreme risk of climate hazards
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
Transforming a Dump Site in Costa Rica into a Community Green Space
In Costa Rica’s capital region, a locally led, GEF-funded effort to clean up trash provides a model for successful community regeneration initiatives.
Protecting People and the Planet: Putting People at the Heart of City Climate Action
This report from ICLEI and CDP shares analysis from the data reported through the 2022 CDP-ICLEI track, and highlights the need for people-centered climate action in cities.
How Cities are Leading in the Fight Against Plastic Pollution
At the Paris International Forum to End Plastic Pollution in Cities, global mayors shared insights on the power of local action to limit waste and transition to a circular economy.
OUR FUNDER AND PARTNERS
UrbanShift is the brand name of the Global Environment Facility’s Sustainable Cities Impact Program. It is led by the UN Environment Programme and implemented in partnership with the World Resources Institute, C40 Cities, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the UN Development Programme, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. UrbanShift builds on the lessons and experiences of the Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot, facilitated through the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities.