UrbanShift Annual Report
UrbanShift's inaugural annual report serves as an inspiring portfolio of the program's first year in action as well as a handbook for our strategy to achieve sustainable, low-carbon growth in more than 23 cities across three continents.
UrbanShift was launched at Climate Week NYC in September 2021, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges, we made tremendous progress over the course of the year. Our team of global partners worked diligently to forge relationships with the program's city and national stakeholders and co-create projects that demonstrated the value of the integrated urban planning approach. We developed training material and organized workshops to enhance our stakeholders' capacity across a range of integrated planning topics, from nature-based solutions to climate adaptation finance. And we established a space for UrbanShift at strategic international conferences like the COP, reinforcing the vital role that cities must play in responding to the climate crisis.
Working together across cities, countries, organizations and governments, we have successfully paved the way for UrbanShift to reach its ambitious, yet urgent, goals: mitigate more 170 million tonnes of CO2e emissions, manage and restore 1 million hectares of land, and improve the lives of 40 million people.
Read about the program and the milestones accomplished in our first year of action in this flagship annual report.
Clean Energy & Buildings Finance Academy
Hosted in Cape Town, this UrbanShift workshop brought together eight cities to discuss the promotion and financing of small-scale clean energy generation on public and private buildings.
Plastic Pollution & Cities: Building Momentum Towards a Global Plastics Treaty
At this circular economy-themed webinar, we heard from experts, city representatives and waste pickers about the causes & consequences of plastic pollution in cities, and what cities can do to initiate a just transition to a plastic-free economy.
Freetown Climate Action Strategy
Freetown's first attempt toward delivering on its commitment to the Paris Agreement, this strategy presents innovative, evidence-based solutions to help the city adapt to climate risks while strengthening mitigation efforts.
Adaptation Finance Academy for Latin America
At this three-day workshop, city and national officials from Latin America shared their experiences and discussed approaches and mechanisms for financing local climate adaptation.