Finance is available in many countries; the challenge is accessing it. Strong policy signals, enabling policies, effective project preparation and the use of innovative financial instruments can help cities take advantage of the full range of financing opportunities available.
This article looks at urban financing options in the context of COVID-19 and the strategies and challenges involved with pursuing certain financing instruments. The article, produced by C40 Cities, discusses green and climate bonds, social impact and sustainability bonds, community-scale projects, fossil fuel divestment, strategic regulations, and private-public partnerships, among other tools which build urban resilience and promote pandemic recovery.
Reducing Climate Impacts on Urban Sectors
This concise set of policy briefs provides an overview of climate adaptation actions cities can take within eight specific urban sectors, including energy, buildings, mobility, waste, and food systems.
Adaptation Data Explorer
This interactive tool allows urban leaders to understand regional and city-specific climate risks and learn about actions being taken in response.
ICLEI World Congress: Strategies for resilient and healthy communities
At the ICLEI World Congress in Malmö, Sweden, UrbanShift cities from Asia, Africa and Latin America met to share knowledge on best practices in local sustainable development and learnt firsthand from Malmö’s sustainability initiatives.
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.