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PCCB Capacity Building webinar: Capacity-building for recovering better together, supporting NDC implementation and enhancement

01 October 2020
This webinar aims to look deeper into capacity-building related experiences, approaches and lessons learned by members of the PCCB Network, particularly in the context of the implementation of NDCs and the process for revising and updating them in 2020. The event aims to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders–capacity-building providers, entities in charge of NDC planning and implementations, and representatives from non-state actors. Bringing in various experiences and perspectives, capacity-building practitioners will provide insights in response to four main questions: 1.What are existing and emerging capacity-building needs, and approaches for effective contributions to a more sustainable recovery? 2.What have been good examples of capacity-building efforts in adapting to the COVID-19 context across different sectors and regions? 3.How have the adjustments associated with COVID-19 changed the way capacity-building programmes and activities will be designed, delivered, and assessed in the months to follow?

Knowledge brokering for climate compatible development at Daring Cities

08 October 2020
As we move towards adopting climate compatible development practices, there is a growing demand for climate information and knowledge that requires a dynamic and collaborative response. However, with the plethora of information available, it is incredibly challenging for decision-makers to access the right kind of information and its applications. To respond to this challenge, the Climate Development Knowledge Network – Knowledge Accelerator focuses improving access to reliable information and robust methods for decision-makers, urban practitioners and researchers, particularly in developing countries, and to enhance their ability to make well-informed decisions based on high quality, comprehensive data, information and knowledge and share lessons and experience. The Climate and Development Knowledge Network works as an intermediary between policy-makers and communicators, a kind of ‘matchmaker’ between these professional communities. The program aims to maximize the uptake, use, and collective impact of this knowledge and enhance leadership and collaboration on implementation by assisting actors to become influential champions of the different areas of climate action. The session will share insights with regard to brokering existing knowledge on climate and development. It will bring together other ‘knowledge brokers’ and forge closer collaborative links between them. Session participants can expect to: -Gain an understanding of climate knowledge gaps among key actors and stakeholders -Explore different formats and approaches adopted for knowledge brokering to address knowledge gaps through sharing experiences and good practices

Financing climate compatible development at Daring Cities

13 October 2020
The lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic unveiled the deep vulnerabilities and unpreparedness of the urban system, healthcare and economy to absorb sudden shocks. As the cities begin to unlock and plan for post-pandemic recovery, it is a wake-up call for our social and financial system to be better prepared for the long term climate crisis. There is a need to focus on the climate agenda, even in the middle of this pandemic, so that investments can be routed toward sustainable infrastructure, green jobs, and environmental resilience. Innovative financing mechanisms will be needed to meet the large investment needs of a transformative green recovery. Policy makers and decision-makers have an important role to play in orchestrating a recovery that addresses the current crisis, while building a strong foundation to tackle climate change. The Global Commission on Adaptation has estimated that investing $1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in resilience-building measures could generate $7.1 trillion in total new benefits. During the webinar, panellists will present and discuss best practices to accelerate sustainable and green recovery including various opportunities that can be leveraged to build resilience at the local level to deliver national climate commitments and long-term climate strategies as well as ways to strengthen adaptation and resilience to future shocks. The envisaged outcomes of the webinar include: 1)     Understanding opportunities for sustainable and greener recovery to prepare for the long term sustainability, resource access and climate impact solutions 2)     Understanding the role of urban good governance mechanisms to kick-start sustainable recovery 3)     Promote peer-learning from cities on governance and finances to accelerate sustainable and greenery recovery.

Climate knowledge brokering: Voices from the frontline at Daring Cities

20 October 2020
Event description and outcomes The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the persistent systemic flaws and drastic inequality in our urban systems. The most marginalised and poorest populations were hit hardest not only by the virus, but also by the associated global economic crisis. The pandemic has highlighted the challenges in our existing system rendering us vulnerable to future systemic challenges: economic crises, climate change and other future pandemics. Various grassroots organisations across the globe have taken up a proactive role and adopted innovative ways to respond to Covid-19 and have developed their own localized coping mechanisms like sharing resources among communities lacking basic services, setting up hotlines for domestic abuse, diversifying livelihoods among others. Even with limitations in their mobility and activities, the civil society groups have extended themselves to meet the needs of local communities during the crisis using their critical networks, experience and knowledge in building resilience. As we begin to move towards post-Covid society, our focus should be to ‘build back better’ with collective efforts from all sectors of society including decision-makers, policy-makers, practitioners, community-based organization, grass-root organisations and citizens. The session is organised by ICLEI South Asia and SouthSouthNorth under the Climate Development Knowledge Network-Knowledge Accelerator (CDKN- KA) project. The session aims to highlight the joint initiative of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) to highlight stories and voices from the frontline across the globe where grassroots groups have been proactive in innovative ways to respond to the pandemic. The event will disseminate some of the stories and an analysis of the good practices and solutions for future emergencies by experts. The outcomes envisaged from the session include: -Sharing good practices of local interventions from grassroots organisations to address the challenges of a global pandemic -Promote multi-stakeholder collaboration in decision making by showcasing successful local interventions -Explore the linkage of resilience building through local community empowerment