The path to finance: How to pitch climate projects – TAP Asia-Africa pitch event

One of the main bottlenecks identified why local governments continue to be unable to access climate finance is the limited knowledge about the needs and requirements of funders. Furthermore, they rarely have the opportunity to engage with them directly. In a similar way, financial institutions and investors encounter difficulties in identifying bankable projects from sub-national… Read More

Climate resilience insurance for cities: The way forward

This session presents the relevance and challenges of insurance mechanisms in supporting vulnerable communities in urban areas to cope with impacts from more intense and frequent extreme events. It exposes the rationale of insurance for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation as well as lessons learnt from past projects to enhance new programmes. It is… Read More

Moving goods: Low carbon action plan for urban freight

What does it mean to move goods in and around cities in a post-pandemic scenario? The substantial rise in E-commerce, which will result in 36 percent more delivery vehicles in the inner cities by 2030 (WEF, 2021) has put cities and companies to rethink transport infrastructure. As such, many cities have recognized the importance of… Read More

Making Cities Resilient 2030: Leaving no municipality behind

Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) is an inclusive and long-term multi-stakeholder partnership for local governments. Still in its first year, MCR2030 continues to build momentum. The initiative supports cities to identify and own their vision of disaster resilience. It provides a three-stage pathway towards that vision as well as support & services along that journey…. Read More

Multilevel and collaborative climate emergency leadership (II)

As part of Climate Emergency Leadership Day, in this panel discussion, representatives of national governments who have declared a climate emergency, or enhanced their national climate ambitions towards 2030 and 2050 through revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), discuss with local and regional government leaders on what is needed at multiple levels to put words into… Read More

The science behind setting an urban 1.5°C-aligned target

  The Cities Guide for Climate Science-based Targets for cities was developed by a core of ‘cities’ partners CDP, C40, Global Covenant of Mayors, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Backed by months of technical research and testing, the guide assesses and… Read More

Communicating in the climate emergency

  Communications – good and bad – are everywhere. Whether or not it’s in your job description, you will be asked to do communications. Communications strategies can be used as an effective weapon in the fight against climate change by just about anyone fighting the fight. Led by a team of seasoned environmental communicators, this… Read More

Land value capture: Leveraging land for financing climate action

The ongoing surge of urbanisation globally is now compounded by the challenges imposed by the urgency of climate change. Providing investment and making planning decisions that are consistent with climate policy challenges is key for addressing sustainable development issues while financing and building low-carbon, climate resilient and inclusive cities. As a set of policy instruments,… Read More

Research and innovation take center stage in the climate emergency

  Research is essential for carrying out informed action in response to the present climate emergency. The key to implementing successful and effective climate action is to execute city-led research which generates robust knowledge which speaks to the needs of local and subnational governments. As suggested by the newly published IPCC report (AR6) which has… Read More