Thematic Track: Urban Resilience: Participative Governance, Design and Development


Cities, particularly in global south represent socially, politically, and environmentally complex spaces steeped in systemic inequalities. These are the spaces that witness most growth, but in an informal and unmanaged way. Rapid urban developments create socioeconomic vulnerabilities, which are further exacerbated due to the effects of stress stemming from climate change. In this scenario, building resilience to climate change in cities is challenging. However, since urban systems and centres are critical to investment, development, and governance, their resilience to climate change is paramount. This thematic track discussed the roles that subnational and non-state actors play in building urban resilience to climate change, and explored innovative means for cities to build resilience, including the challenges they have faced and the way forward. Under the presidency of the UK, COP26 aims to mobilize international action on adaptation and resilience.

Thematic Track: Urban Resilience: Participative Governance, Design and Development
Moderator: Mr Jagan Shah, Senior Infrastructure Advisor, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, British High Commission
Mr Ken O’Flaherty, Regional COP26 Ambassador for Asia-Pacific and South Asia, Government of UK
Mr Mahesh Rajasekar, Chair, Urban Resilience, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
Dr Surendra Babu, Deputy General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD)
Mr Debendra Dalai, Director Environment, Department of Environment, Chandigarh
Ms Preety Bhandari, Director, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management Division, Asian Development Bank
Ms Aditi Garg, CEO, Indore Smart City
Dr Manish Shrivastava, Assistant Professor, Department of Energy and Environment, TERI School of Advanced Studies
Closing Remarks: Ms Swati Pillai, Associate Fellow, TERI
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