Achievements of Phase II
Phase II has served as an expansion to Urban-LEDS, with local governments joining the project in 4 new countries: Bangladesh, Colombia, Lao PDR, and Rwanda.
In 2018, the in-country project focus was on establishing key relationships with national government ministries, project cities, and other stakeholders, formalized through the creation of National Project Advisory Groups. The current systems of climate finance, reporting, and governance have been analyzed in four countries, and pilot activities to strengthen multi-level governance have been identified. Local governments have been welcomed into the project, their current challenges examined, their needs and opportunities identified, and capacity building through staff training has begun.
Phase II Project Goals
Globally, project partners have showcased Urban-LEDS and its core messages on multi-level governance and finance at various international events, including submitting a paper to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in collaboration with GIZ (German Development Agency). The project is in discussions with international finance partners, also in collaboration with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), to push for increased availability of finance for Urban-LEDS local governments.
In 2019, city-level project implementation is accelerating. New data to inform decision-making is being produced in the form of greenhouse gas emissions inventories and climate risk & vulnerability assessments. Pilot implementation projects will be scoped and project proposals for larger climate projects will be developed. Local government officials will get the chance to meet each other during a study tour of European cities; the Urban-LEDS event highlight of 2019.