Skip to main content

Financing Green and Resilient Cities to tackle Climate Change

Joanna Masic

Moderator

date

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

16:30-18:00

Is over
place
Multifunction Hall Room 5
organization
World Bank
country
Global
language
English
theme
Greener Urban Futures
Reference: 
NE 85

Summary

This session organized by the World Bank and supported by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM) will discuss the key challenges and opportunities to scaling up financing to mitigate and adapt to climate change in cities. The session will be moderated by the World Bank and will convene mayors and former mayors to share their experiences in planning for and accessing green and climate finance for their cities. Cities are the biggest contributors to climate change and will be key to addressing global warming. Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will require rapid and far-reaching transitions in uses of energy, land, urban infrastructure, and services (including transport, buildings, and waste management), and industrial systems in cities. At the same time, climate change impacts threaten to increase vulnerabilities, destroy economic gains, and hinder social and economic development. The urban poor will bear the brunt of these impacts since they are more exposed to hazards. With increasingly concentrated people and assets in cities, a complex range of growing shocks and stress imposes tremendous costs on the globe. Cities will experience these impacts most acutely. Global average annual losses from weather-related and other disasters in cities were estimated at about US$314 billion in 2015 and are expected to increase to US$415 billion by 2030, which significantly drain public investment especially in poorer countries. Without inclusive, green, and climate-informed urban development, climate change can push an additional 100 million urban residents fall back into poverty by 2030. World Bank is supporting cities through its City Climate Finance GAP Fund (Gap Fund) and the City Resilience Program (CRP) to identify, prepare and deliver climate mitigation and adaptation investments. Assistance available ranges from developing climate action plans to climate risk mapping, capital planning and preparation of specific investments delivered with a focus on maximizing the sources of finance available.

Objectives

The objective of this session is to explore the challenges and opportunities cities face in accessing finance for financing low-carbon investments and adapting to climate change to improve overall city sustainability and resilience. The session aims to explore how cities are leveraging broad partnerships, city networks, and the private sector to make best use of scarce city resources. It also aims to pinpoint key challenges cities face in scaling up the financing of green and resilience investments. The World Bank invests an average of $5 billion in lending projects on sustainable and resilient cities and communities every year to help cities meet the critical demands of urbanization. Yet, the financing needs for cities to mitigate and adapt to climate change are significantly greater. This requires a concerted and coordinated effort of many stakeholders to take financing to the scale needed to address the challenges the world’s cities face with impending climate change. The session highlights the role of national and local governments, bilateral and multi-lateral agencies, the private sector, and communities and households in being able to support cities in advancing their ambitions of financing green and resilient investments.

Session speakers

Speaker
Role
Organization
Country
Ms. Joanna Masic
Global Lead for Sustainable City Infrastructure
World Bank
Ms. Silvia Magaia
Official from City of Maputo
City of Maputo
Ms. Anuela Ristani
Deputy Mayor of Tirana
Tirana City