2019 UN Habitat: Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor


Video presented by UN-Habitat on 30 June 2019 at the ‘Infrastructure, Cities and Local Action’ session at the Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting.

Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor is an initiative coordinated by UN-Habitat that will be presented at the upcoming Climate Action Summit on 23 September in New York. At the Summit, “Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor” is placed under the “Infrastructure, Cities and Local Action” ‘track’.

It outlines 8 elements to increase climate resilience. It is a collaborative approach, developed by partners of the initiative to help 150 million urban poor adapt to climate change in informal settlements by 2023.

140 ‘hotspot’ cities in 50 developing countries have been identified where the initiative could support climate smart resilient spatial planning, infrastructure improvement and enhance livelihoods.

Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor has the ambition to step-up climate action for the most vulnerable. It is co-led by the Governments of Kenya and Brazil. The coalition is also made up of community organizations (Shack/Slum Dwellers International, WIEGO), local governments organizations (ICLEI, C40, United Cities and Local Governments – UCLG), organizations of planners with ISOCARP and P4CA, infrastructure providers (AECOM, Arcadis, ARUP), academia (IIED, University of Twente – ITC, UCCRN), United Nations and intergovernmental organisations (UNDRR, UNDP European Commission), as well as international programmes and non-governmental organisations (Cities Alliance, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Center for Resilience, WorldPop Project, World Resources Institute).

The initiative is opened to other partners towards the UN Climate Action Summit 2019, when commitments will be announced. Together, we can help build safe, sustainable and resilient environments for the urban poor.


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