UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, is the second oldest UNESCO Chair worldwide, and is the node coordinator of the UNESCOSOST network.
The Colombian node office was formed by the alliance with Tecnológico de Antioquia (TdeA) University Institution in 2008. Is the oldest node of UNESCOSost in Latin America.
The node in Brazil is provisionally created in 2012 by IGEO from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Bahia. In November 2013, was established as a formal node of UNESCOSost.
The Sustainability Measurement and Modeling Lab (SUMMLab) is a multidisciplinary research group established in 2011, involved in measuring and modeling the many facets of the sustainability science.
The side-event will highlight barriers and opportunities for harmonizing national climate policies with local action, in relation to both adaptation and mitigation; through an urban resilience approach, ultimately contributing to a better understanding of the integration between the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda.
Two international initiatives to harmonize national strategies and local actions will be pre-launched:
Urban Resilience Institute, aiming at harmonizing international research activities
Urban Resilience Observatories, aiming at supporting informed policy and decision making locally
Nicola Tollin, Executive Director, RESURBE International Program on Urban Resilience Recycling Cities Network RECNET & University of Bradford
Jordi Morato, Coordinator, UNESCO Chair on Sustainability, Technical University of Catalunya & Recycling Cities Network RECNET
Marcus Mayer, Climate Change Planning Unit, Urban Planning & Design Branch, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
Johannes Hamhaber, Professor, Urban and Regional Management, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), TH Köln University of Applied Sciences
Cristobal Reveco, Director, AdaptChile & Chilean Network of Municipalities for Climate Action
Human settlements and cities are responsible for the current climate change trends and dynamics; at the same time human settlements are vulnerable to the increasing negative effects of climate change, also because climate change is having a multiplying effects on current urban challenges: i.e poverty, sprawl, inequality, and health.
By 2050, over 5 billion people will live in urban areas, thereby cities have a central role in tackling climate change, and their resolve and action can champion the ambitious transformative changes which are indispensable to reduce emissions and to limit the negative impacts of climate change. Cities have already started to take action developing plans, actions and policies for addressing climate mitigations, adaptation and risk reduction although the progress remain still sparse and scattered.
The Paris Agreement calls for increasing ambitions both in terms of mitigation and adaptation, over 160 parties have submitted INDCs and National Adaptation Plans, which are having direct provision and/or implications for cities. To understand and strength the linkage between climate national policies and local actions it recognized as fundamental for both the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda implementation; although this linkages is still to be fully understood and exploited.
International Association Recycling Cities Network RECNET (INT)
International Program on Urban Resilience – RESURBE (INT)
UNESCO Chair on Sustainability, Technical University of Catalunya (ES)
TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences (DE)
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies – IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL)
National Autonomous University of Mexico – UNAM (MX)
Makerere University (UG)
Association Recycling Cities Network Colombia (CO)
Association of Urbanistic Jurisprudence – CNJUR (MX-INT)
Technical University of Antioquia –TdA- (CO)
SUSTAIN EU Project (EU)
Secretariat of Environment, Government of Antioquia (CO)
Regional Autonomous Corporation of Central Antioquia – CORANTIOQUIA (CO)
Association ADAPT Chile, (CL)
Secretariat of Environment, Municipality of Medellin (CO)
Agency for Urban Development of Medellin –EDU- (CO)
Web RECNET: www.recitynet.org
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