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Multi-level Action for Equitable and Sustainable Cities

Decision-makers and experts explore how to deliver on the promise of multi-level action to make cities more equitable and sustainable. This session will also serve as the official reveal of the 2021-2022 WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities finalists.  

Pandora Batra



Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 1
World Resources Institute (WRI), C40, ICLEI and SDI
English, Spanish & French
Greener Urban Futures
NE 141


This event led by WRI, in partnership with SDI, C40 and ICLEI, will demonstrate how national, state and city/metropolitan governments can collaborate to make cities around the world more equitable and sustainable. We will share concrete examples of how these actors might work together with each other and with key stakeholder groups, to put equity at the center of decisions related to cities and climate.

The session will draw on research by WRI and partners in the World Resources Report, Towards a More Equal City, and the Coalition for Urban Transition’s Seizing the Urban Opportunity. The session will also serve as the official announcement of the 2021-2022 WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities finalists, showcasing how to adapt to uncertainty and disruption in equitable and sustainable ways.

We will feature a range of national, regional, local and community leaders as well as experts, working to unpack how to deliver on the promise of multi-level action means by exploring themes of urban infrastructure, service delivery, finance, data and governance. The audience will learn how multi-level action can help advance the principles of the New Urban Agenda, driving transformative climate action and a rapid shift to more equitable and sustainable cities.

Session speakers

Aaditya Thackeray
Minister of Tourism & Environment
Government of Maharashtra
Sarah Colenbrander
Director, Climate and Sustainability Programme
Tadashi Matsumoto
Head of Unit, Sustainable Development and Global Relations
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Rose Molokoane
Vice President & National Coordinator
Slum Dwellers International & South African Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor
Ole Stubdrup
City diplomacy & Urban development, Urban and Municipal Development Fund
African Development Bank
Carolina Urrutia
Secretary for the Environment
Mayor's Office of Bogotá
Rogier van den Berg
Acting Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
World Resources Institute (WRI)