van den Berg
Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the premier global conference on sustainable urbanization, convened every two years by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). This year, WUF11 took place in Katowice, Poland from June 26 - 30.
UrbanShift's session at WUF11, Accelerating the Shift to Nature-Positive and Climate-Proof Urban Futures, showcased the program's ongoing efforts to promote climate adaptive urban development in participating cities and highlighted examples of local leadership in building an equitable, nature-positive urban future. We heard from UrbanShift's funder, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and our partners at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), World Resources Institute (WRI), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA). We also heard from UrbanShift stakeholders in India, Costa Rica and Morocco about their progress toward the SDGs and initiatives to deliver sustainable, resilient urban action at both the local and national levels.
The three-day workshop brought together 24 Latin American cities to learn about and exchange ideas on developing vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods and promoting urban biodiversity as strategies to create greener and more resilient cities.
Hosted in Cape Town, this UrbanShift workshop brought together eight cities to discuss the promotion and financing of small-scale clean energy generation on public and private buildings.
Organized in parallel to the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, this webinar highlighted the findings of UNEP's latest "State of Finance for Nature" report and explored what's needed to accelerate the financing of urban nature.
At the Biodiversity COP in Montreal, mayors from 15 cities called for increased direct funding for urban nature-based solutions and ecosystem restoration projects, backed by UrbanShift, UNEP, GEF, ICLEI, C40, and other partners.