What it's about:
Rapid urbanisation is making people more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new U.N. report entitled Initiatives in the Area of Human Settlements and Adaptation.
To combat these threats to sustainable development, numerous cities have taken steps to build resilience and address the growing climate-related risks posed to inhabited areas.
A summary of steps is outlined, along with organisations working to build resilience:
1. Learn: Urban Climate Change Research Network
2. Access Technical Support: 100 Resilient Cities & the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network
3. Commit: Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy & the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa
4. Finance: Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot
5. Unite: Global Alliance for Urban Crises.
The full report can be read here and delves into the five ways that the most prominent global and regional initiatives supporting adaptation and climate resilience in cities, towns and villages can develop.
Why it's noteworthy:
More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are expected to join them by 2050.
The U.N. report is part of a seven-step approach to advance climate resilience through knowledge.
Looking ahead, the report concludes that there are fewer initiatives focusing on climate-resilience in smaller towns and villages, particularly in rural and remote areas - and this remains an area for growth.
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