The Urban-Low Emission Development Strategies (Urban-LEDS) project is in its second phase, running from 2017-2021, funded by the European Commission and implemented by UN-Habitat and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. In short, the project helps local governments to implement integrated low emission and resilient development by offering guidance, tools, and technical assistance; mobilizing cities to commit to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM); exploring access to financing; and supporting multilevel governance. Find out more here and at the project website: www.urban-leds.org
UN-Habitat and ICLEI organized a networking event entitled “Innovative governance for low carbon, climate resilient cities” on 12 February. Following opening remarks from Shipra Narang Suri, Chief of the Urban Practices branch at UN-Habitat, and the facilitator, Giorgia Rambelli from ICLEI Europe, some of the key highlights from the session included:
The session ended with three group discussions which posed questions to help inform the drafting of a short practical guide on “Integrating human settlements into NDCs” – a guide being coordinated by UN-Habitat as part of the Urban-LEDS project, advised by an Expert Group of international partners. Some of the key recommendations from these group discussions included:
Ms Ndonga of South Africa commented: “I have learnt a lot but what stood out the most for me was the need to harness our technological capabilities in the implementation of urban development programmes. The other theme that resonated with the South African context was the one on planning with culture and heritage. This is important because it does not only ensure inclusivity but is also critical for place making. Culture and heritage, when used properly, capture the soul of the city.”
At the end of the session, further WUF participants involved in the Urban-LEDS project joined for a family photo – as seen below. Together, the Urban-LEDS network is helping to build capacity and experience to enhance the implementation of climate compatible development practices in human settlements.