The World Bank has a new Climate Action Plan. What's in it for cities?


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The World Bank Group’s Climate Action Plan, adopted last month, is designed to help countries meet their COP21 pledges and manage increasing climate impacts.
To achieve these goals, working with cities will be essential: with almost 80% of GHG emissions emanating from urban areas, cities are among the biggest contributors to climate change... and must, inevitably, become a big part of the solution.
Cities are also particularly vulnerable to climate risk and other forms of natural hazards, with many of them located in disaster-prone areas. Therefore, enhancing disaster resilience in urban settings is another key requirement to build more sustainable cities in the face of climate change.
The good news? Many countries are still in the early stages of the urbanization process, meaning they have a unique opportunity to develop sustainable cities right from the beginning - a much more viable option than trying to retrofit them later on.
In this video, World Bank Senior Director Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez and Practice Manager Bernice Van Bronkhorst explain how they are working with clients to make climate-smart cities a reality.
If you want to learn more about this topic, we invite you to discover our latest Sustainable Communities podcast.


Bernice Van Bronkhorst

Global Director, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Practice Group

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charles Mutula
May 14, 2016

What specific architectural designs are included in the new resilient cities?

Dorothy Skrytek
May 16, 2016

What makes a city sustainable? When they care about humanrights AND climate change, whilst trying to reduce air pollution. Acting against these tenets shows the opposite eg Derby & Derbyshire UK 

May 28, 2016

A precise action on climate change is critical in mitigating effects of climate change in our modern world