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Please join Climatelinks and co-sponsors ICMA and 100 Resilient Cities on Thursday, May 26 at 1pm, EDT for a Twitter chat about building urban resilience in vulnerable communities grappling with the existing and impending effects of climate change.
More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and this number continues to grow, with 1.2 million people migrating to cities every week. Three-quarters of the world’s largest cities are located on coastlines, and critical infrastructure – including water and sanitation, transportation, energy and information technology – is vulnerable to climate impacts, such as rising sea levels, floods, heat waves and higher winds. Inadequate infrastructure, housing and basic public services may exacerbate the effects of climate change and threaten people’s health and livelihoods.
In cities around the world, innovative and creative solutions are being applied to reduce climate risks and build resilience to climate change. Through the sharing of knowledge and best practices, this Twitter chat will highlight:
- How cities around the world, particularly in developing countries, are applying adaptation and mitigation actions to become more resilient to climate change and other threats
- What cities and urban initiatives we can look to as examples and replicate
- The biggest challenges to building resilience and how they have been addressed
- How cities will honor commitments made at COP21.
Finance, capacity building, tools, technologies, strategic partnerships, and other topics will also be covered in the discussion.