Monday, June 27, 2022
UNEP and C40 are developing a common Neighbourhood Approach to promote a people-centred, integrated and sustainable vision of urban development and regeneration. The Neighbourhood Approach is a pathway for cities to initiate transformation, promote inclusiveness, and ensure equal access to urban resources and opportunities. Neighbourhoods can pursue integrated urban planning at a less complex scale than cities – this approach encourages designers, citizens and local authorities to collaboratively create green and thriving communities.
Neighbourhoods are key to implementing holistic, bottom-up and innovative solutions that consider communities’ needs, including the most marginalised and vulnerable ones. Transforming urban systems for the purposes of a green and thriving neighbourhood not only support the delivery of carbon-neutrality and resource-efficiency, but it also is attributed to tackling inequalities, poverty and vulnerability by ensuring inclusiveness in the decision-making process, food security, improved public health, increased (green) density, affordability and resilience, and a better quality of life.
This session will provide a space for high-level exchanges between local level practitioners and decision-makers to discuss creating green and thriving neighbourhoods by focusing on equitable, inclusive, and resilient community systems in cities. It will also demonstrate how, with top-down support from cities, sustainable bottom-up change is possible
The key message of the discussion is that the Neighbourhood Approach is a holistic, bottom-up, sustainable and flexible process that aims at creating green and thriving neighbourhoods by focusing on equitable, inclusive, and resilient community systems in cities. Bottom-up change is possible with top-down support from cities. The aim of this session is to:
(1) introduce a common vision for Green and Thriving Neighbourhoods,
(2) highlight the relevance of the neighbourhood approach in creating a more equitable distribution of access and opportunities across the city, and
(3) illustrate the approach as implemented by different cities and local actors.