Entrenched social inequity, lack of accessible green spaces, deteriorating air quality – cities today face a range of critical challenges, compounded by the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Cities in the global South are especially vulnerable, with more than 90% of urban growth projected to take place in Asia and Africa. As our planet urbanizes at a rapid rate and demands on limited natural resources multiply, the need for cities to transform their development trajectory has never been more urgent.
UrbanShift’s approach to transformative urban development is rooted in integration and equity. We engage with more than 23 cities across 9 countries (China, India, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Morocco, Costa Rica, Brazil and Argentina), bringing together local and global stakeholders to build a greener, more equitable urban future for all.
Freetown the TreeTown campaign: Using digital tools to encourage tree cultivation in cities
5 Priorities for Cities After COP26
Clean air, healthy planet
This framework outlines steps for integrating air quality management and climate action planning at the city level. It supports cities to set visions and strategies to simultaneously tackle climate change, air pollution and public health issues.
COP26: Transforming cities through multi-level governance
At UrbanShift's COP26 side event, we highlight examples of multi-level governance and climate action from Brazil, Rwanda and India.