Cities and Climate Change: Partnerships and the Convergence of the two Greatest Development Phenomena of the New Millennium
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Cities are also most vulnerable to the consequences of a changing climate.
|World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick|
They also have a vital role to play in the development and implementation of international and national framework agreements governing climate change action such as the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol and the Mayors' Task Force on Climate change. They also stand to benefit from the opportunities created by this framework for local responses to climate change.
|World Bank Lead Urban Specialist Dan Hoornweg|
Dan Hoornweg, World Bank Lead Urban Specialist summarises the importance of cities to climate change actions thus:
|William Cobbett, Cities Alliance Manager|
As William Cobbett, Cities Alliance Manager puts it, “Cities and local governments are pioneering much of the best practices in sustainable development and climate change. Using the economic potential of urbanisation for lasting poverty reduction and increasing resilience in the urban millennium requires us to think about new ways of collaboration at the global, national and local level”.