Benefits of cities for higher ambition NDCs and post-COVID recovery

On Tuesday, 17 November 2020 at 15 PM CET, GIZ, UN Habitat and the NDC Partnership invite you to a collaborative webinar on “Benefits of cities for higher ambition NDCs and post-COVID recovery”.

Cities and their inhabitants are responsible for around 70% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, but the concentration of population and infrastructure also bear huge potentials for emissions reductions and climate change adaptation measures.

UN Habitat and GIZ via the Partnership for Collaborative Climate Action have recently published a Guide and Discussion Paper respectively as a resource for decision-makers to improve low-carbon and resilient urban development.

The session will revolve around the prospects of NDCs being used by national and local governments to drive sustainable urbanisation in the post-COVID recovery. With integrated and coordinated national and local climate action, ambitious action on climate change can be scaled up and accelerated.

Inputs will be provided by Steven Bland, UN Habitat, and Constanze Boening, GIZ, on the recently published resources. A panel discussion on coordinating climate action will follow with speakers from national and local governments as well as city networks:

  • Juliet Kabera, Director General, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority
  • Stefan Wagner, Head of International Affairs and Global Sustainability, City of Bonn, Germany
  • John Henry Melo, Coordinator of the NDC Update at the Ministry of Environment of Colombia
  • Maryke Van Staden, Director of the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting, Director of Business Development, ICLEI World Secretariat