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Transforming Cities for people and Planet: Launch of #UrbanShift

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UrbanShift is a GEF-funded program that supports more than 20 cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America to adopt integrated approaches to urban development. At our virtual launch during Climate Week NYC next week, we’ll talk about some of the critical challenges facing cities today, from the climate crisis to hazardous levels of air and water pollution to loss of urban biodiversity. We’ll then dive into the cross-cutting solutions needed to tackle these challenges, shaping cities that are living and livable for all.

Reserve your spot at this exciting global event today! Speakers include high-level experts representing our partner organizations:

  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO, Global Environment Facility 
  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme 
  • Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO, World Resources Institute 
  • Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities  
  • Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Neeta Pokhrel, Chief, Water Sector Group, Asian Development Bank 
  • Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Director & Executive Coordinator, Nature, Climate & Energy, UNDP 
  • Maitreyi Das, Manager, Urban, DRM, Resilience & Land Global Practice, World Bank

We’ll also hear from a diverse panel of leaders, including the mayors of two UrbanShift cities:

  • Yvonne Denise Aki-Sawyerr, OBE, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone 
  • Walter Vuoto, Mayor of Ushuaia, Argentina 
  • Hitesh Vaidya, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, India 
  • Claire O’Neill, Managing Director, Climate & Energy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 
8:00 – 9:30am EDT

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