Cities are home to 4.2 billion people – more than half of the world’s population. These bustling human habitats are where our daily struggles unfold, where we strive to build a better future for ourselves and our families. But cities today face extraordinary challenges, from floods, storms and heatwaves triggered by the climate crisis to hazardous air quality, lack of affordable housing and deep social divides.
How can integrated planning approaches tackle complex urban challenges to ensure a just, livable future for all?
Join us on September 21 during Climate Week NYC to discuss this pressing question. You’ll learn from experts about holistic solutions and strategies to combat urban environmental crises, such as pollution and biodiversity loss. You’ll also hear from local leaders in India, Sierra Leone, and Argentina on how cross-sectoral collaboration is spurring low-carbon growth within their cities.
This event will mark the official launch of UrbanShift, a global program working to transform cities for people and planet through integrated urban development. UrbanShift is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and implemented in partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities (C40), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
- Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme
- Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO, Global Environment Facility
- Ani Dasgupta, President & CEO, World Resources Institute
- Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities
- Yvonne Denise Aki-Sawyerr, OBE, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone
- Hitesh Vaidya, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, India
- Claire O'Neill, Managing Director, Climate & Energy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
- Walter Vuoto, Mayor of Ushuaia, Argentina
- Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
- Neeta Pokhrel, Chief, Water Sector Group, Asian Development Bank
- Srilata Kammila, Head, Climate Change Adaptation, UN Development Programme
- Maitreyi Das, Manager, Urban, DRM, Resilience & Land Global Practice, World Bank
- Gustavo Fonseca, Director of Programmes, Global Environment Facility
This event will be live-streamed in the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Indonesian Bahasa and Mandarin Chinese.
WRI, UNEP, GEF and Partners Launch “UrbanShift” to Transform Cities for People and Planet
UrbanShift will engage mayors, the private sector, UN agencies, multilateral development banks and other partners to support national and city governments. It will also serve as a knowledge & learning platform to connect cities with global expertise.
Engaging youth in climate action: Pragmatically moving forward
Young people must be involved in critical decisions concerning their future and given an active role in addressing the climate emergency. Join UrbanShift for a lively discussion on this topic on International Youth Day.
Supporting Integrated Urban Growth in Freetown
The UrbanShift Lab in Freetown brought together representatives from the capital and neighboring cities to assess and find sustainable solutions for managing urban growth and climate risks in Sierra Leone.
Financing Urban Transformation: Don’t Leave It Up to Cities Alone
International development institutions have a crucial role to play in the multilevel effort to finance green, low-carbon urban infrastructure projects, as does the private sector.