The Africa Cities and Built Environment Day of Dialogues will be held under the banner of Race to Resilience, launched by the High-Level Climate Champions and designed to catalyse a step-change in global ambition to build the resilience of 4 billion people by 2030.
This event is open to all stakeholders and offers an opportunity to build stronger partnerships, and to showcase and transfer groundbreaking action aiming at building resilience and fostering adaptation on the continent. There will be four sessions:
1. Building urban water resilience in African cities. This event will feature a presentation from the authors of a new WRI report, Water Resilience in a Changing Urban Context: Framing Africa's Challenge and Pathways for Action, followed by a roundtable discussion with key institutions, researchers, practitioners, and political leaders on how to build upon the report’s framework to develop a joint agenda for COP26 and beyond.
2. The Cities Race to Resilience, will be officially launched in Africa which forms part of the Race to Resilience campaign, with a focus on driving cities to join the Race to make vulnerable communities resilient to climate change. The event presents an opportunity to move forward and mobilize cities on crucial climate action work at a national and regional level, taking regional priorities into consideration.
3. Seizing South Africa’s Urban Opportunity - Join us for the final event of the day focused on how urban action supported by the national governments can drive decarbonisation and economic growth in Africa. The event will launch a new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions — outlining the financing gaps for city climate action, emphasising the great investment opportunities African cities provide.