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FEATURE: See highlights of CDKN’s work at Habitat 3


In Quito, Ecuador from 17-20 October 2016, UN Habitat convened its first global gathering in 20 years. Governments agreed the New Urban Agenda, which aims to set a roadmap for sustainable and safe cities. You can read about the conference and Agenda at:

CDKN at Habitat 3: Calling for climate action in city development

A CDKN delegation exhibited and presented our work on ‘mainstreaming climate compatible development’ in cities throughout the Habitat 3 conference. We shared our publications on the challenges and successful strategies for progressing climate compatible development in cities including the latest of our ‘Inside Stories’ and ‘Close to home: Subnational strategies for climate compatible development.’ During the week, we also launched two briefing notes that distil lessons learned from CDKN’s local and city-level experience in achieving climate compatible development:

Engaging side events

See highlights of our side events:

Ari Huhtala, CDKN Deputy CEO, called for Habitat 3 participants to mainstream climate action into city development:

Charlotte Scott took participants on a journey to Cape Town, South Africa to learn about how a regional development agency is generating green jobs:

Mairi Dupar, CDKN’s Global Public Affairs Coordinator, summarised the CDKN-sponsored research that showed how putting women in equal decision-making roles makes climate programmes more effective – ’10 Things to Know About Gender Equality and Achieving Climate Goals’:

CDKN Colombia’s Claudia Martinez inspired the audience with her experience working to make Cartagena, Colombia more competitive and climate resilient (in Spanish):

Tesfaye Hailu of CDKN Ethiopia described how the Government of Ethiopia has set sustainable urban development in its sights and is trying to raise international funds for this task:

Lisa Junghans of Germanwatch outlined some innovative and untapped sources of funds that cities can use to support their climate compatible development initiatives – in the findings from a CDKN research project:

Thanks to the CDKN Latin America communications team for their hard work in filming the sessions.












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