van den Berg
Acting 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.
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.
UrbanShift held its second Partnership Engagement Group meeting in March 2022, bringing together representatives from the GEF and UrbanShift’s core team with global organizations to identify opportunities for sustained, strategic collaboration.
This handbook was launched at COP26 and provides case studies from cities around the world that demonstrate how to sustainably tackle the urban heat island effect.
The Municipal Commissioner of Surat spoke with us about the city’s challenges, successes and goals in the path towards a sustainable urban future.