The Cities4Climate initiative builds on local efforts to make urban areas more climate-smart.
Cities around the world are rethinking their urban policies, with a focus on sustainability and mobility plays a pivotal role in this process. Given the increasingly complex and dynamic world, cities need to be continuously innovating to solve pressing social and environmental problems. Many cities worldwide are overgrowing, and by 2050 it is estimated that 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. This dramatic trend is significantly affecting natural resource availability - including access to clean drinking water - waste management, transport, and other aspects of modern cities.
High rises and hotel buildings in Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama. Photo: Gerardo Pesantez / World Bank
Furthermore, climate change is placing additional stress on urban environments. Increasingly extreme weather events, shifting resource availability, and rising sea levels are all testing the resilience of growing urban populations. Climate change presents a different challenge in every location - for example, in a small island nation, floods are a concern; in California, it’s drought.
Rio de Janeiro City. Photo Credit: Max Thabiso Edkins / Connect4Climate
The combination of climate change and an increasingly urbanizing global population requires city officials, urban planners, and members of the private sector to find innovative approaches to efficient resource management, while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions and opening the door to new green technologies.