Launch of the Cities Alliance Joint Work Program on Resilient Cities

15 Dec 2015, Paris - William Cobbett, Director of Cities Alliance launched the initiative during the United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP21, explaining that the New Cities Alliance Joint Work Program on Resilient Cities brings together expertise and resources across more than 14 organisations to help cities build their resilience to the impacts of climate change and other socio-economic stresses.

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Cities in spotlight at Climate Change Summit COP21

Paris, 8th December 2015. City leaders can become critical actors in addressing the global challenges of climate change. The effects of urbanisation and climate change are converging in very threatening ways: Cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce more than 60 per cent of all carbon dioxide and significant amounts of other greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, cities are very vulnerable to climate change, with population and infrastructure at risk, especially in costal areas.

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COP21: Ministers and Leaders Call for a Quick Move the Zero Emissions Vehicles

Paris, 8 December 2015—At a meeting at the COP21 in Paris, ministers and senior representatives from the vehicles industry, civil society and international organizations have called for a swift move to zero emissions vehicles as a key component of a future global climate change strategy.

Currently the transport sector is almost completely dependent on fossil fuels. It contributes for one quarter to all energy related carbon dioxide emissions, which is set to grow to one-third, growing faster than any other sector.

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UN-Habitat and partner host ‘Cities Take Climate Action’ session at COP21

Paris 7 December 2015—UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance on Monday hosted a “Cities Take Climate Action” event at the Climate Change Summit COP21. The session convened representatives of cities, non-governmental organizations, NGOs, national governments and international organizations for a lively debate on how cities are acting on climate change and how this action can be accelerated.

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Myanmar delegation presents progress report at COP21

Paris, 7 December 2015-- The Myanmar delegation to COP21 presented the important progress in addressing climate change, achieved with the implementation of the Myanmar Climate Change Alliance Programme, executed by UN-Habitat in partnership with UNEP at the event “GCCA+: a European Union Flagship Initiative Supporting Climate Resilience” held at the EU Pavilion in the COP21 Blue Zone.

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UN-Habitat launches Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning at the Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris

04 Dec 2015, Paris, France. As the world heads to a new climate agreement, parties and participants at the United Nations Climate Change Conference Cop21 in Paris highlighted the role of cities as the place where the struggle to mitigate climate change will be either won or lost. Cities play a critical role in emissions, thus they must also become key actors in global efforts to bring down greenhouse gas emissions.

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Buildings day proves a hit at COP21

Paris 4 December 2015— At the Paris Climate Summit, currently drawing decision-makers, experts and organisations from all over the world, 3 December was officially named ‘Buildings Day’ and for the first time put the building sector at the centre stage of these seminal climate talks.

The highly anticipated event drew building sector stakeholders from research, advocacy, professional associations, IGOs and government to highlight and discuss both the challenges as well as opportunities of a more sustainable building and construction sector globally.

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