According to the International Resource Panel, the amount of primary materials extracted from the Earth each year rose from 22 billion tonnes in 1970 to 70 billion tonnes in 2010, and is expected to reach 90 billion tonnes by 2050. Without significant changes, the demand for resources will only increase, along with the growing urban population. City governments face a pressing set of challenges as they manage competing demands, changing consumption patterns and priorities, and seek to improve public services for an increasing number of urban residents while reducing emissions and resource use and at the same time ensuring equitable distribution of these resources.
By looking at cities from a systems perspective, this report identifies pathways to resource efficiency and waste management for cities transitioning from a linear to a circular economy, outlining inspiring examples to initiate change in the way cities are planned and managed. This report was produced by UNEP.
UrbanShift Lab on Metropolitan Planning and Climate Action in Florianopolis
This technical workshop will bring together representatives from national, state and city level, to discuss how climate change measures can be integrated in the metropolitan planning instruments and improve inter-municipal governance.
Brazil National Dialogue
The first National Dialogue for Brazil will align stakeholders from across levels of government to further innovative and sustainable strategies for urban development.
First National Dialogue for China
This virtual convening created a space for participants to discuss strategies for supporting biodiversity and low-carbon development across China.
Shenzhen, China: Sponge City
Model: Public-Private Partnerships