UN-HABITAT Launches New Cities and Climate Change Initiative

Cities and Climate Change

17 March 2009: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has officially launched the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) at a conference titled “Cities and Climate Change,” which took place on 17 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The initiative focuses on mitigation and adaption to climate change impacts on human settlements within the framework of urban governance, decentralization, strengthening local authorities, and environmental planning and management.

The event brought together Northern and Southern city authorities, civil society and private sector representatives to identify opportunities for developing partnerships and networks to facilitate the transfer of technology and knowledge. The meeting launched pilot projects to help Maputo in Mozambique, Kampala in Uganda, Sorsogon City in the Philippines, and Esmeraldas in Ecuador to adapt to climate change by redesigning infrastructure to cope with threats such as rising sea levels, floods or droughts. The results of the deliberations will be forwarded to the Copenhagen climate change conference in December 2009. [UN-HABITAT Press Release]