Deep Dive Discussions

Deep Dive Discussions 2.3 on Urban Resilience

National Adaptation Plans, Climate Finance and Achieving SDG 13 in Cities

Day 2 – Wednesday, 16 October 2019
11:00 - 12:30
Ballroom 3
Mr. Liam Fee
Senior Climate Finance Advisor
Ms. Laura Hammett
Urban Resilience Consultant
Nora Steurer
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Dr. Sang In Kang
Korean Environment Institute (KEI)
Chief Researcher
Mr. Hafizam Mustaffa
Melaka City
Ms. Katarzyna Rzucidlo
Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Climate Resilient Infrastructure Specialist
Ms. Cristiana Fragola
Partnerships & Government Relations, Global Covenant of Mayors
Mr. Ahmad Farid bin Mohammed
Undersecretary of Climate Change Division
Ms. Pochanie Kajonpredanon,
Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning
Senior Advisor
Lead Organization
Partner Organizer(s)
Lead Organizer(s)

Mr. Liam Fee, UN-Habitat

Mr. Pablo Gándara, International Urban Cooperation Regional Action Asia

Rohini Kohli, UNDP

Laura Hammett, UNDP


More than 55 percent of the world’s population already live in urban areas and this number will likely grow to over two-thirds by 2050. Asia-Pacific in 2019 crossed the threshold of half its population living in cities and has the world’s fastest-growing urban areas. Urgent action is needed to address the interconnected issues of poverty, governance, and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and achieve progress towards the SDGs – both in cities and at the national level.

To deliver the adaptation needs and priorities of nations, as detailed in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), robust and comprehensive National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) are an important tool. Cities are a critical location to achieve these NDC targets, with these urban areas being key to achieving co-benefits between adaptation and mitigation and enhancing linkages between NAPs and NDC mitigation targets.

Integrating the needs and priorities of urban areas into NAPs will enable countries to achieve more resilient and sustainable urban development while reaching NDC targets and directing climate finance into scaling up investment in urban resilience. However, this integration requires close cooperation between national governments, local authorities and non-state actors. This relates very closely to the concept of multi-level governance, that examines bringing different layers of government together to achieve mutually beneficial common goals. This session will emphasize the need for complex climate change policy and planning actions to increase both their speed and scale.

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