The message to leaders at all levels of government is clear: we don’t have to choose between economic growth and tackling climate change either on mitigation nor adaptation and resilience. We have the challenges of dealing with all these issues at the same time, using a strategic and integrated approach, which will provide us with opportunities for all four fields of action. Countries and cities at all levels of income have the opportunity to effectively address sustainable economic development, by including low emission, climate resilient development.
The New Climate Economy research indicates that the next 15 years of investment will be crucial as the global economy undergoes a deep structural transformation, which will decisively determine the future of the world’s climate system.
A growing number of cities (as well as countries) prove that well-designed integrated policies and plans in these fields can make green growth and climate objectives (mitigation, adaptation and resilience) mutually reinforcing in the short to long term. Such local leadership is called for in both, the Global North and South, using a low emission development, climate resilience approach. This call is actively supported by the Compact of Mayors, a key initiative that supports and promotes enhanced transparency, bringing along considerable potential of unlocking financial resources to enable local governments in planning, acting, monitoring and reporting.
This session will inform leaders on current important developments relevant to local leadership, climate change, and the green urban economy, namely:
– Climate science: Key findings on climate change implications for cities: “IPCC Fifth Assessment Report – Extended Cities Summary”
– Green economy: Highlights of the “New Climate Economy Report”
– Raising the level of ambition in a transparent way: Update on the “Compact of Mayors”, and how cities can engage
– Leadership: Showcasing a few examples of “local governments demonstrating leadership” by voluntarily, publicly, and regularly report their climate commitments, emissions inventories, integrated climate action plans, as well as climate mitigation and adaptation actions
Participants will deepen their understanding of:
Low-carbon Auckland:Collaborative transformation driven by collective action
Wayne Walker, Councilor, Auckland Council, New Zealand
Key findings on climate change implications for cities: IPCC Fifth Assessment Report – Cities Summary
Debra Roberts, Deputy Head of Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department Development Planning, Environment and Management Unit, Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality (Durban), South Africa