Greening infrastructures on the New Silk Road

Webinar with SHENG Fulai, Senior Economist at UNEP in Geneva
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Date: July 4, 2018, 10 – 11am CET

Sustainable infrastructure is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Although infrastructure is only explicitly mentioned in Sustainable Development Goal 9, it underlies almost all of the other socio-economic goals.

Serving as an important economic and transportation corridor between Europe and Asia, the Central Asia region is rapidly being integrated into the global economy through increased trade, capital movement, economic policy coordination, and other regional cooperation, all supported by the construction of major new infrastructure projects. Given the strong links between infrastructure and the SDGs, this will undoubtedly bring benefits to the people of Central Asia. However, there are also concerns over possible negative impacts relating to climate change, water, land and air pollution in a region that is home to four global biodiversity hotspots and many sensitive ecosystems.

This webinar focused on the importance of adopting sustainable infrastructure in the region along the New Silk Road and highlights the linkage between infrastructure and SDGs as well as the Paris agreement on climate change. Furthermore, it focused on the specific infrastructure needs in Central Asian countries and the importance of upstream, integrated planning of sustainable infrastructure as a means of maximizing the benefits and effectively addressing the challenges.

A recording of the webinar is available (see below) and the presentation slides can be downloaded here.


Meeting the global challenge of adaptation by addressing transboundary climate risk

Webinar with Magnus Benzie, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute
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Date: June 19, 2018, 2 – 3pm CET

Adaptation is traditionally implemented at national and subnational levels. However, climate risks are in many cases “borderless” in nature. Climate change in one country will create risks and opportunities – and therefore may require adaptation – in other countries. This global aspect of adaptation is still undervalued also in international negotiations.

The webinar focuses on the importance to adopt a transboundary view of climate risk, which explicitly recognizes the interconnections between people, ecosystems and economies in a globalized world. Global negotiations on climate change have a key role to play in adopting and implementing a transboundary framing of climate risk, though other non-climate conventions and processes can play important roles as well.

A recording of the webinar is available (see below) and the presentation slides can be downloaded here.


Green entrepreneurship in Francophone Africa: challenges and opportunities

Webinar with Jonathan Demenge (held in French)

Date: May 03, 2018, 3 – 4 pm CET

Green entrepreneurship is an asset for Francophone Africa to support its economic, technological and environmental transition. Organic agriculture, water management, waste management, access to energy, eco-tourism and many other sectors are the subject of this new form of entrepreneurship.

This webinar looks at the challenges and opportunities of green entrepreneurship in Francophone Africa and identifies sectors with high potential for green entrepreneurs.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can have a look at the webinar slides (in French) or watch the recording of the webinar below (in French).

Cities, climate change and corruption – issues, dynamics, strategies

Webinar with Dieter Zinnbauer, Transparency International

Date: January 16, 2018, 2 – 3 pm CET

Ample evidence suggests that corruption has the toxic potential to disrupt both our ambitions for urban development as well as our response to climate change. The webinar unpacked the relationship between these three issues and provided an outlook on possible policy responses. More specifically, the following three questions were discussed:

  • How do urbanisation, corruption and climate change interact? What are the main dynamics and interrelationships?
  • What are the major corruption obstacles and risks on the path towards resilient, green, climate-adapted cities?
  • Based on the experience of tackling corruption in related areas what are viable policy responses and practical action options to respond to the urban-climate-corruption challenge?

If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can read the briefing note by Dieter Zinnbauer, have a look at the webinar slides or watch the recording of the webinar below.

Cover image: Highway in Panama City (Dieter Zinnbauer).

Identifying differentiated needs for resilience planning in urban poor communities

Webinar with Katerina Trostmann and Lubaina Rangwala, World Resources Institute WRI

Date: November 27, 2017, 2 – 3 pm CET

The Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) is a tool that identifies differentiated needs for resilience planning in urban poor communities and focuses on current and future climate risks. The tool is structured in three aspects – assessing the vulnerability context at the city level, mapping collective community resilience potentials, and assessing individuals’ capacities to respond to climate risks and extreme events. To date, it has been applied in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Surat (India) and Semarang (Indonesia). This webinar will look at key results from the applications in the cities and discuss how the tool can better capture differentiated needs to inform urban resilience planning.


The scaling up of the application of the UCRA is a funded project of the Joint Work Programme for Resilient Cities, hosted by Cities Alliance.

A recording of the webinar is available (see below; enable “HD” on the lower right for higher quality) and the presentation slides can be downloaded here.


Urban Health Initiative – engaging the health sector to realize climate and health benefits

Webinar with Thiago de Sá and Michael Hinsch, World Health Organisation WHO

Date: October 31, 2017, 1 – 2 pm CET

The Urban Health Initiative (UHI) is implemented by WHO in collaboration with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and CCAC partners. The UHI aims to reduce deaths and diseases associated with short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and other air pollutants, and to enhance health co-benefits from policies and measures to tackle emissions on city level. On the one hand, this shall be achieved by mobilizing and empowering the health sector. The sector’s currently underused influential and credible position shall be used to promote the implementation of SLCP reduction strategies through policy change in polluting economic sectors. On the other hand, the full range of health and climate benefits to local populations from the implementation of local emission reduction policies and strategies shall be demonstrated to the public and to decision-makers.

The first UHI pilot project is currently being implemented in Accra (Ghana) by WHO and CCAC partners, amongst others including the Government of Norway, ICLEI, UN-Habitat, US EPA, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), in addition to local partners including the Ghana Health Service and Ghana EPA.

Find the slides of the webinar here.

CapaCITIES: Accelerating Climate Resilient Development in Cities

Webinar with Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI & Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia

Date: August 31, 2017, 10 – 11 am CET

Cities are among the key contributors to greenhouse gas emissions as well as hot spots regarding the impacts of climate change. However, cities can also be innovators and models of environmental efficiency. By pursuing climate actions, offer exceptional opportunities to generate growth and employment, well-being, and savings from avoided health costs and fossil fuel expenditure.

This webinar will focus on the SDC funded CapaCITIES project in India. The project is advancing concepts of climate action planning in Indian cities, accelerating their transformation to low carbon, climate resilient cities. The webinar will showcase planning processes and solutions around eco-mobility, integrated water resource management, energy management and sustainable waste Management.

The webinar presentation slides can be downloaded here, and the recording of the webinar is available below.