Sessions on the Transition


20 May

20 May

16:30 to 18:00

Venue: Room 5


United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

Tel: +212(0)537 260 062




UK- GOVERNMENT FUNDED SUSTAINABLE URBAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (SUED) The Sustainable Urban Economic Development Programme (SUED) in Kenya supports climate smart municipal planning to attract investment for climate-resilient infrastructure and value chain projects, thereby reducing vulnerability from climate induced economic impacts. SUED is working closely with 12 Kenyan municipalities to better manage and adapt to climate impacts, supporting integration of early warning systems that respond to specific climate disasters e.g., drought and flooding, to ensure appropriate, speedy, and sustainable climate interventions. Climate vulnerability analysis is integrated into the master-planning processes to find locally applicable solutions and to develop climate-smart urban economic plans. This enables cities to identify infrastructure projects that can be climate proofed to promote resilience in the face of mitigating increased urban carbon emissions. First, this session is organised to share lessons of how the programme has worked with the municipalities to improve the climate resilience of their urban environments and drive sustainable economic development. In it, session participants and various country representatives will see how the municipalities are defining their vision by outlining how they will build their infrastructure to better service the population, develop decongested urban centers that enables their residents to live and work sustainably in well-planned towns that absorb direct and indirect impacts of climate change. Second, the session will address how its key to embed a strong climate resilience lens within the urban economic planning process to help intermediary cities identify climate change adaptation actions. In doing so municipalities (intermediary cities) are able to embrace climate change adaptation planning and develop climate resilience infrastructure that will ensure that their urban centers face minimal disruption from adverse weather and their economic gains are safeguarded.  The session will demonstrate how critical it is to work with the intermediary towns’ leadership to strengthen their resilience against climate shocks as way of ensuring national level urban resilience.   The sessions objectives are to:
  • Share best practices on climate (adaptation and mitigation from SUED supported intermediary cities) and how to integrate them into urban planning.
  • Demonstrate how SUED has partnered with intermediary cities to harness the potential of urban areas as engines of inclusive and climate resilient growth
Share how SUED has positioned municipalities to attract climate finance





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