Cities Alliance to Launch Resilient Cities JWP at COP21
[30 November 2015] – In addition to Africities, the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21) is also a major event for the Cities Alliance partnership.
For the first time in over 20 years of United Nations negotiations, COP21 will aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate. The event is being held in Paris, France 7-8 December 2015.
Within that context, COP21 is a fitting place for the Cities Alliance to announce a new Joint Work Programme on Resilient Cities. This new Joint Work Programme will include over 14 international development partners to highlight and address the relationship between resilience and poverty.
The Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme will also partner with the Medellin Collaboration on Urban Resilience (MCUR), a global partnership formed at the World Urban Forum in 2014 to build urban resilience. The MCUR partners collectively work in over 2,000 cities globally and commit more than $2 billion annually toward advancing resilient urban development.
Joint Work Programme on Resilient Cities Events:
Joint Work Programme on Habitat III Events:
The Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme on Habitat III is also supporting two high-level events at COP21. Through these events, the Joint Work Programme – which aims to create and deliver a common set of priority messages for Habitat III – will share the message that Habitat III is an opportunity to further consider climate change through an urban lens. Both sessions are being organised by UN-Habitat.
Both events will contribute to the dialogue on climate action in cities, highlight the importance of cities in tackling and preparing for climate change, and offer direction to this discussion following COP21.