Cities are central to economic growth and have a pivotal role in achieving global climate, nature, and sustainable development goals. Yet this potential remains largely untapped as cities continue to face unprecedented environmental and social challenges. The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected cities deeply and impacted their capacity to adopt sustainable pathways for future growth. It has also put forth health as a fundamental aspect of urban sustainability.
Over the past six years and spanning two funding cycles, the GEF has invested in integrated urban planning and implementation as a means to help cities address interrelated environmental degradation challenges. In collaboration with cities, national governments, international agencies, networks, and various stakeholders, the GEF program is promoting innovative and impactful solutions for sustainable urban transformation.
Drawing from the experiences of cities under the program, including UrbanShift cities, this report looks at key urban sustainability elements and solutions and discusses strategies to advance green recovery.
Rwanda unveils $175 million urban development initiative
The Rwanda Urban Development Project II is one of nine UrbanShift local interventions, and focuses on climate resilient infrastructure, service delivery and ecosystem rehabilitation in Kigali and additional cities.
World Bank Approves UrbanShift’s Local Project in China
One of nine GEF-funded country interventions, the UrbanShift China project aims to integrate biodiversity conservation, nature-based solutions and carbon neutrality into the development pathway of three participating cities.
Costa Rica aims to transition towards an urban green economy with GEF support
UrbanShift's local intervention in Costa Rica aims to decarbonize the San José region through sustainable integrated urban planning, supporting efforts to formulate legal reforms, promote sustainable mobility infrastructure and restore green spaces.
Balikpapan, Indonesia: "My Innovation House"
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