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.
UrbanShift's first regional forum focused on the critical topic of financing sustainable urban transformations.
Model: Enabling Innovation
Model: Public-Private Partnerships
Model: Non-Commercial Convening