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Tools to accelerate the implementation of climate action plans in Latin America and the Caribbean

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) have agreed to carry out a pilot project to study the Climate Action Plans (CAP) in three signatory cities of the GCoM, in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) during 2021. This pilot project represented the first step of a more long-term approach, to establish an evaluation and review procedure of the impact of CAPs in Latin American cities. Although more and more cities have plans, and the main challenge continues to be taking action to implement them, which is why the pilot has focused on generating tools for the analysis of current plans, in order to have methodologies that allow generating more precise guidelines for the implementation of prioritized mitigation and adaptation measures or actions.

Estefani Rondon

Moderator

date

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

15:30-16:30

Is over
place
Urban Expo: Urban Library room
organization
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC)
country
Global
language
Spanish
theme
Building Resilience for Sustainable Urban Futures
Reference: 
UL 9

Summary

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) have agreed to carry out a pilot project during 2021 to study the climate action plans of three Latin American and Caribbean cities Signatories of GCoM. This pilot project represents the first step in a longer-term approach. whose objective is to establish a procedure for analyzing the impact of the climate action plans of Latin American cities. Although more and more cities have this type of plan. the main challenge continues to be taking action. So the project focuses on creating tools to analyze current plans, in order to have methodologies that allow providing more precise guidelines for the implementation of prioritized mitigation and adaptation measures or actions.

The pilot methodologies were developed through a co-creation process with the GCoM technical/national coordinators of the region and other relevant actors involved in the preparation and validation of the CAPs, as part of a group of experts actively participating in the consultation processes. Likewise, the focal points in the three cities that were part of the pilot project participated in this process in a more specific way, through consultations about the type of feedback that would be most useful for them to receive to optimize the implementation of their plans.

The Urban Library event aims to present a space to showcase the publication on behalf the work carried out, allowing participating organizations that work on urban climate planning and cities to provide testimonies of their experiences. Furthermore, the session will present the tools and methodologies prepared, which can be used to a wider public and are available for scale up in cities and countries.  The materials that will be presented include designed methodologies, examples of impact/gap analysis conducted on local CAPs to overcome social, environmental and economic consequences of the pandemic at city level develop, among others.

This event will be structured as follows:

Moderator/Speaker: ECLAC representative will give a general overview of the event and the insights of the publication project, its general findings and will open the floor for the panel discussion that will be led by speaker 1.

Two rounds of formulated questions will be done to ensure the inputs from the organization involved in publication project, that is GCoM, an invited city and the invited organization with a view to give continuation of the project.  The floor will be opened to received questions from in person participants.

Objectives

The event aims to:  

  • Showcase the published document to exchange the methodologies prepared and the findings got through the project process.
  •  Contribute on strengthening the capacities of local governments on developing and implement climate action plans that promote sustainable, resilient, and inclusive development on their materialization on integrated urban politics and planning.
  • Provide testimonies from cities who were involved on the pilot project.
  • Promote scale up of results by making outcomes of the published document and get it available to a wider public.
  • Discuss and formulate priority steps for future actions to accelerate the implementation of New Urban Agenda (NUA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the climate change agreements at the global level, while recognizing regional and local particularities. 

Session speakers

Speaker
Role
Organization
Country
Ms. Estefani Rondón
Research Assistant
UN-ECLAC
Ms. Marja Edelman
Technical Advisor
Global Covenant of Majors (GCoM)
Mr. Jaime Pumarejo
Major
City of Barranquilla
Ms. Anelis Marichal
Planning Director
National Institute of Land and Urban Planning