Urban Pathways towards low carbon development launched in Berlin

Berlin, 20 October 2017: “The Urban Pathways: Supporting Low Carbon Plans for Basic Services in the context of the New Urban Agenda” project was launched on the 16 October 2017, by UN-Habitat, together with its partners – the Wuppertal Institute and UN Environment. The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Environment (BMUB).

Opening the two-day workshop on the 16th October, at the BMUB offices in Berlin, Ms Anke Brummer-Kohler, Director General for Urban Development, BMUB, highlighted the challenge in reducing emissions and the need for demonstrating actions to improve efficiency of basic services. She welcomed the objectives of the Urban Pathways project to reduce urban emissions and implemented practical actions with involvement of various stakeholders. 

“Urban Pathways builds on ongoing projects such as the EU supported SOLUTIONS project and will complement the results” said Mr Andre Dzikus, Coordinator, Urban Basic Services Branch of UN-Habitat. He highlighted the changing landscape in provision of basic services with the advent of technology, and that the options to choose for cities are more than before. The Urban Pathways project shall provide informed decision-making to the project cities in conceptualizing, planning and implementing basic urban services.

“As a key technical partner the Wuppertal Institute shall contribute through the work done by the institute in the areas of energy transition and sustainable urban mobility” said Dr Uwe Schneidewind, President of the Wuppertal Institute. He also added that the current work of the institute with cities in emerging economies shall contribute to a great extent to the knowledge and experience transfer in the Urban Pathways project. 

As delivering the objectives of the New Urban Agenda is one of the core aims of the Urban Pathways project, the opening workshop brought together organisations that are working with similar aims. Among such initiatives were Connective Cities, MobiliseYourCity (MYC), C40 Financing Facility and IRENA.

The representatives from the organisations shared with the local, sub-national and national government representatives in the audience on the various opportunities to realise plans to actions at an urban level.
The first day of the workshop also focussed on the various barriers that are often faced by governments in transitioning to low carbon development. Experiences were shared from South Africa, Fiji, Malaysia, Nepal and India.

The second day of the workshop focussed on the options that are available for cities to implement low carbon development, with examples from cities that have implemented such strategies. A panel discussion with representatives from WRI, UN Environment, UN-Habitat, and representatives from governments in Indonesia, Nepal and Zambia, shared their perspectives on the priorities for international cooperation for urban development. 

About the project:

The Urban Pathways project will work on concrete steps towards low-carbon mobility, energy and waste management systems in cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Through the process of capacity building, city twinning, policy advice and implementation the project will actively contribute to achieve global climate change targets to a 1.5 °C stabilisation pathway.
Further information on the Urban Pathways project can be found at www.urban-pathways.org

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