Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Cities have a pivotal role in addressing the climate crisis. They are home to over half of the world’s population and hotspots of global warming, producing three-quarters of global GHG emissions. Cities are also the places where the effects of climate change and urban poverty intersect. The two billion people living and working in the informal sector – around 60 percent of the labour force – are especially at risk from climate impacts. Many live in areas prone to weather-related hazards, and they are already vulnerable due to poverty, lack of services, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Resilient and sustainable urban communities rely on quality, safe and affordable basic services, such as water, sanitation, hygiene, and energy in cities. Inadequate, insufficient, or unsafe infrastructure can therefore expose communities to higher risks of sudden disasters or fail to benefit the most vulnerable people.
Resilient infrastructure is also the basis for local economic development – a real “business case” for adaptation measures. It is vital that infrastructure increases the resilience of communities by protecting them, providing for them, or increasing their connectivity locally. This can be done by designing everyone’s needs into investments, bridging the chronic infrastructure gap in informal settlements, safeguarding people from potential negative impacts of large infrastructure, while enable the basis for local economic development.
This networking event will interrogate and elaborate on the potential of creating resilient infrastructure to address inequalities in cities, showcasing the importance and the “business case” for local adaptation efforts.
Building on the diverse Cities Alliance membership, the panellists will discuss expectations and experiences of the international donor community on infrastructure implementation and the strategies of a receiving country like Uganda with their individual infrastructure planning and answers towards a resilient, climate proofed growth.
The voice of civil society in all these endeavours need to be articulated and heard. The panellists will highlight viable strategies and policy approaches available to plan and create resilient infrastructure, while discussing if we have the right instruments at hand for a truly inclusive approach that can meet the challenges ahead.