On the 12th of December 2015, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future in Paris France – bringing into existence the “Paris Agreement”. The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and – for the first time – brings all nations into a common cause to undertake take ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort. Also in December of 2015, the United Nations General Assembly, on its seventieth session, adopted the resolution on the ‘Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)’ (A/70/210) , which refers to the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) Conference modalities. The Habitat III Conference intention is to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanisation, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.
The Urban Pathways project embarks on a four-year programme of action to deliver on the combined aims and ambitions of the UN’s New Urban Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris agreement – making a direct contribution by focusing on implementation programmes in the area of energy, waste resource management, and transportation. Initially, the Urban Pathwaysproject focuses on India, Brazil, Kenya and Viet Nam – as four pilot countries – for the implementation of the programme’s identified work agenda. This plan of action includes a stepping-stone assessment of the political, technological, socio-economic and financial viability of concepts prior to proceeding. Thereafter, the programme focuses on developing national action plans and concrete local implementation concepts to boost low-carbon urban development in key the identified emerging economies. The identified local implementation concepts are further developed into bankable projects, focusing on the thematic areas that create a direct link between climate change mitigation and sustainable development. The Urban Pathways’ project overarching ambitions is to make an active contribution to achieve global climate change targets to a 1.5-degree stabilisation pathway by unlocking the global emission reduction potential in urban energy, transport and resource sectors of 3.7Gt CO2 emissions by 2030. This is also done by collaborating with other organisations and networks active in this area by establishing a facility of cooperation – that streamlines joint and parallel work efforts in support to national and local governments local implementation concepts. The Urban Pathways’ project will then replicate this process regionally further. The Urban Pathways project makes a direct contribution to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
develops national action plans and concrete local implementation concepts to boost low-carbon urban development in key emerging economies - India, Brazil, Kenya and Viet Nam
make an active contribution to achieve global climate change targets to a 1.5 Degree stabilisation pathway by unlocking the global emission reduction potential of urban energy, transport and resource sectors of 3.7Gt CO2 emissions by 2030
has established a facility in close cooperation with other organisations and networks active in this area to support national and local governments
The plan include an assessment of:
political, technological, socio-economic and financial viability
The local implementation concepts:
is being developed into bankable projects, focusing on the access to urban basic services to create a direct link between climate change mitigation and sustainable development goals
This process is:
replicated regionally with policy development and implementation support and advice on stakeholder engagement and financing mechanisms