Friday,2 June

09:30 - 11:00

Sofitel - Opera
Setting the scene

Urbanisation is one of the most significant megatrends shaping the world in the 21st century. With the recognition that sustainable and equitable cities are a crucial component of a liveable future, policymakers globally have observed the transformative potential of urbanisation.

Urban areas account for almost 80% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and will have to play a key role in global mitigation efforts. At the same time, cities are facing increased exposure to hazards and risk due to climate change, which are impacting urban dwellers globally at increasing rates.

Those risks and hazards are known to disproportionally affect vulnerable and low-income communities. For climate change solutions to truly be transformative and sustainable, these solutions must be viewed through the lens of equity and inclusion.

Following the adoption of a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015 and the New Urban Agenda in October 2016, philanthropy and local governments are important stakeholders working to create more resilient decarbonised cities around the globe. This event will explore the ways philanthropy and local government can link the equity and climate policy agendas at the city, national, and global level. 

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