17. Cities and climate change and disaster risk management

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17. Cities and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

In order to achieve the sustainable development of cities, it is necessary to take into account the present and future impact of climate change and the adequate administration for the mitigation and adaptation plans, especially for the most vulnerable territorial communities. For a successful management of climate change impact, good urban planning and design is needed, along with strong urban economic governance, accompanied by participation mechanisms, inclusion and data collection.

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Latin America and the Caribbean is the most urbanized region of the developing world. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has said that "cities are where the battle against climate change will be won or lost". Cities are the engines of economic growth, but also the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, and their dynamism is present in the midst of the great inequalities of our societies.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), together with the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, C40 and ENEL, organized the side event "Cities Collaborating Towards Circularity: Latin American and European Experiences", in the framework of the C40 World Summit of Mayors, held in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 19 to 21, 2022.

As part of a space for the exchange of experiences and ideas, the side event "Collaboration of cities towards circularity: Latin American and European experiences", promoted collaboration and coo

The Division for Sustainable Development and Human Settlements (DDSAH) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) participated in the event "Unlocking the potential of Green Growth and Climate Finance Innovations" at the Global Green Growth Week 2022, organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), presenting the activities carried out during the year 2022 in the framework of the Declaration of Circular Cities of Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Ministerial Meeting (MINURVI) - Financing for Climate Change Mitigation in Urban Settlements (Argentina 2023)

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Portada

Portada

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Start date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
End date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
Description

The Forum of Ministers and Highest Authorities of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean - MINURVI is the intergovernmental coordination and cooperation entity that promotes the sustainable development of human settlements, and is composed of the ministers of state and governmental authorities under whose jurisdiction are, in their respective countries, matters related to housing and urban development.

In order to address the housing deficit while facing the challenges of climate change and promoting the development of the value chain of sustainable construction and housing, it is imminent to deepen the diagnoses and collaboration between the different actors involved.

In this regard, and in order to provide innovative and effective solutions to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Ministerial Meeting on: Financing for climate change mitigation in urban settlements, which was led by the presidency of Minurvi in charge of Minister Santiago Maggiotti, Minister of Territorial Development and Habitat of Argentina (2022-2023).


The objective of this meeting was to discuss possible strategies to create a regional financing fund that would contribute in a concessional manner to the incremental costs of projects and programs with a significant impact on increasing resilience to climate change and/or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The event took place on April 10 and 11, 2023 at the Kirchner Cultural Center in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. It was attended by 28 member countries and ECLAC was represented in its role as Technical Secretariat of Minurvi.


Please scroll down the Agenda below to see the details and download the materials of this activity.

Virtual Forums MINURVI 2023

Event type
Minurvi 2023

Minurvi 2023

Event information

Start date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
End date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
Event type
Modality
Virtual
Description

With the aim of sharing experiences and fostering debate on housing, habitat and urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean, MINURVI's virtual discussion forums were held during September and October 2023, led by the Ministry of Housing, City and Territory of Colombia, which assumed the vice-presidency of MINURVI for the period 2023. The three Forums focused on central themes such as energy, territory, land management and climate change mitigation in relation to housing and urban development.

National and sub-national governments in the region were invited to submit experiences and good practices to nurture the exchange of experiences and in preparation for the XXXII MINURVI General Assembly to be held on 9 and 10 November in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The topics and dates of the Forums were:

Forums

 

The recording of the event (in Spanish) is available by clicking on the attached link.

On Tuesday, December 6, the XXXI Minurvi General Assembly continued at ECLAC headquarters, chaired by Carlos Montes, together with the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Gabriela Aguilera, who served as Vice-President, with a closed meeting in which the regional authorities of the 16 countries present elected the new Minurvi board of directors, with the Minister of Territorial Development and Habitat of Argentina, Santiago Maggiotti, serving as President.