New Urban Agenda in order to achieve the SDGs, ED UNHABITAT
Islamabad (VOM) : World Urban Forum 11 Calls for Urgent Actions to Adapt and Mitigate to Climate Change Impacts.
The Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) took place at the International Congress Centre in Katowice, Poland from 26 to 30 June 2022. The theme of the forum, Transforming Our Cities for a Better Urban Future, seeks to strengthen relationships and develop action and policy to improve urban environments, in the context of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11 – “making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Addressing the ceremony in the Spodek Arena, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, said: “The climate emergency, pandemics, the housing crisis, violence and conflict, all converge in cities’. If we want to transform to a better urban future, we will have to increasingly deal with urban crises. We have no excuse not to be prepared.
“There is no much time to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal targets of 2030. Only 7.5 years, 90 months or 2,742 days left to implement the New Urban Agenda in order to achieve the SDGs. So, what shall we do? The time to act is now.” The Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif at the forum said that cities around the world, are confronted by multiple threats, including COVID-19, the climate crisis and conflict. This is the right time and the right moment to mobilize much needed support for urban crisis response”.
World Cities Report 2022: Envisaging the Future of Cities, also published in the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum. The report stated that urban areas are responsible for 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, which means cities must act as leaders of climate action to meet the 1.5 degree Celsius goal set by the Paris Agreement. Amid warnings about the dangers facing cities, from a sudden global spike in inflation and cost of living, supply chain disruptions, climate change and new armed conflicts, the report details an optimistic vision in which cities are more equitable, greener and more knowledge-based.
UN Habitat Pakistan, Vietnam and Cambodia organized joint event in WUF 11, to share knowledge and experiences on ecological human settlement in the vulnerable areas in three countries which focus on application of 1) community-based approach; 2) water related hard infrastructure; and 3) knowledge sharing and policy intervention, to build and strengthen resilience and adaptability of local communities against impacts of climate change, and disaster risks in these vulnerable areas. UN Habitat Pakistan is implementing Adaptation Fund project in Pakistan with the objective to enhance community, local and national-level urban climate change resilience to water scarcity, caused by floods and droughts in Rawalpindi and Nowshera cities. The project is installing rainwater harvesting units at the household level and strengthening national and provincial-level capacity to guide city-level development considering climate change and disaster risks and impacts, especially water scarcity caused by floods and droughts.