Engage in Final Debates on Local and Subnational Climate Action Following COP21
On Friday, 11 December, the Cities & Regions Pavilion will host two exciting final sessions that will point the way forward for local and subnational climate action after the climate negotiations in Paris.
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Join Bill McKibben at 11:00 in the Pavilion
Bill McKibben, world-renowned author, environmentalist and activist, and co-founder of campaign group 350.org, states that "cities around the world are figuring out it makes no sense to invest in the very companies whose business plans are forcing them to spend billions dealing with the effects of climate change. If you're making your buildings and infrastructure green, logic requires you'd do the same with your investments."
Take this opportunity to respond and ask one of the most influential figures in climate activism questions about the growing movement for fossil fuel divestment.
McKibben will join a panel of experts on activism and investment for a stimulating discussion and Q&A session on this tool for reducing emissions and changing our world. The session is at 11:00 in the Pavilion - past security in the Climate Generations Areas, turn right and walk to the end of Zone B.
Hear Co-hosts of the Pavilion Chart a Course for Local Governments at 12:30
Following the divestment debate, the City of Bristol, UK - co-host of the Cities & Regions Pavilion and European Green Capital 2015 - will reflect on their successes from 2015 and their learnings from the two-weeks of debate and discussion at the Pavilion.
Representatives of other cities and regions will be invited to contribute their thoughts for the future of local climate action. How will local action be affected by a global climate agreement in Paris? What is needed for cities and regions to accelerate and scale up their projects? How can local governments work together to realize their extraordinary potential? Have we witnessed a decisive shift towards the recognition and empowerment of cities?
The floor will be open for discussion.
Launch of New Voluntary Standard For Sustainable And Resilient Infrastructure
On 9 December 2015, Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (GIB) hosted a session at the Cities & Regions Pavilion to launch SuRe® – the Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. The session explored how the Standard can be applied in urban areas and ways in which the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) can make use of this new tool. The tool will be available to the next series of applicants to the TAP.
Pipelines and Platforms for Urban Resilience Financing
In a session hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on 8 December, participants discussed key questions related to financing urban resilience, including the challenges of securing funding for adaptation, harmonizing diverse urban development objectives, and structuring different streams of finance.
The GEF: Leading on Financial Integration for Sustainable Development
At a session on 9 December, the GEF presented the Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot. Panelists discussed how cities can develop integrated sustainable development plans and how financing can be delivered to support them. Leadership will be required from all stakeholder groups, while cities must coordinate and aggregate projects to attract major investment.
TAP Time sessions at the Cities & Regions Pavilion have allowed selected cities to present the most ambitious and innovative projects from the Transformative Actions Program (TAP), a major initiative to accelerate local climate action. Read our reports on these transformative initiatives!