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ADP Technical Expert Meetings: Urban environment

10 June 2014, Bonn, Germany

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In Warsaw, the ADP requested the secretariat to organize, under the guidance of the ADP Co-Chairs, technical expert meetings at each of the sessions of the ADP in 2014 to share policies, practices and technologies and address the necessary finance, technology and capacity building, with a special focus on actions with high mitigation potential.

In June, technical expert meetings focused on opportunities for action on urban environment and land use. Experts from Parties were encouraged to come prepared with actions and initiatives that Parties would like to advance, to share experience and engage in discussions oriented at achieving concrete and practical results. Organizations that are active in the respective areas were also encouraged to participate by sharing good practices and initiatives being undertaken with Parties and their potential for broader engagement, as well as by sharing information on different sources of support available to developing countries.  

The technical expert meeting on Urban Environment was complemented by the Forum on experiences and best practices of Cities and Subnational Authorities. The Forum allowed for the showcasing of specific initiatives, good practices and policy options and focused in more detail on the role of planning in creating an enabling environment for action.

During the March session, technical expert meetings focused on opportunities for action on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

pdf-icon Programme (249 kB)


pdf-icon Summary by the facilitator Mr. Brian Kilkelly (World Cities Network) (414 kB)

The detailed technical summary is included in the updated pdf-icon technical paper and its pdf-icon addendum on urban environments.

In addition, inspiring examples of urban climate action and action on land use to curb emissions are available by clicking on the respective links.

See highlights of the June 10 ADP Technical Expert Meeting on urban environment.


Follow up work on technical examination process to unlock mitigation opportunities for raising pre-2020 ambition

Follow-up meeting to the technical expert meetings on energy efficiency, renewable energy, urban environment and land-use improvements in the pre-2020 period
23 October 2014, 3 to 6 p.m. 
Bonn, Germany

The Co-Chairs have requested the secretariat to facilitate a follow-up meeting to the technical expert meetings on energy efficiency, renewable energy, urban environment and land-use improvements in the pre-2020 period. The meeting allowed Parties to take stock of actions undertaken since the technical expert meetings in March and June and to identify further opportunities for action in the areas considered thus far.

pdf-icon Programme (350 kB)  

Background information
As indicated by the Co-Chairs in their pdf-icon message (444 kB) to Parties and observers, the technical examination process includes focused in-depth inter-sessional work to be conducted throughout the year by Parties, international organizations and partnerships with a view to enabling more Parties to take transformational action on the ground in delivering higher mitigation ambition. In the context of facilitating follow-up actions arising from the technical expert meetings in collaboration with relevant UNFCCC institutions, international organizations and initiatives, contact details of lead organisations and partnerships, which are keen to assist Parties in undertaking ambitious action urban environment and land use are made available on this webpage.
Contact details of Organizations and Partnership for further actions                                



ADP Virtual expo
Interested Parties and organizations are invited to upload here relevant material for the technical expert meetings on urban environment and land use, in addition to the existing cooperative initiatives already presented in the portal on the UNFCCC website. 
All uploaded material can be found at the ADP Virtual expo.


Presentations                                                                                                              ImageView webcast
Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
pdf-icon Low-Carbon Livable Cities Initiative (1158 kB) - Mr. James Close, World Banks's Director of Climate Policy and Finance, World Bank Group
pdf-icon Addressing barriers to investment in urban infrastructure (528 kB) - Mr. Matthew Lynch, Director of WBCSD's Urban Infrastructure Initiative
pdf-icon City of Malmö (919 kB) - Mr. Jonas Kamleh, Deputy Head, Urban Development and Climate, City of Malmö
pdf-icon City of Kampala (846 kB) - Ms. Jennifer Semakula Musisi, Executive Director of the City, Kampala Capital City Authority
City of Bogota - Ms. Susana Muhamad, Secretary General of Bogota Mayor's Office 
pdf-icon City of San Francisco, Philippines (760 kB) - Mr. Alfredo Arquillano, Former Mayor, San Francisco, Philippines 
pdf-icon Tokyo: Cap and Trade Program Lessons Learned (924 kB) - Mr. Masahiro Kimura, Director, Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program
pdf-icon GEF Support for Sustainable Cities (1737 kB) - Mr. Franck Jesus, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Global Environment Facility 
pdf-icon Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (117 kB) - Statement by Ms. Renate Christ 


Contact details of Organizations and Partnership for further actions
Contact Person Organization Email Phone
Mr. Sebastian Scholz
World Bank
+1 202 458 4117
Ms. Sarah Potts C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Ms. Maryke van Staden Local Governments for Sustainability - ICLEI, +49 (0)228 9762 9921
Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada
Climate Technology Centre & Network - CTCN
+33 1 4437 1858
Mr. Kunihiko Shimada
Technology Executive Committee - TEC

Ms. Helen Santiago Fink
Mr. Curt Garrigan
United Nations Environment Programme - UNEP
+33 1 4437 1433
+33 1 4437 1636

Green Climate Fund - GCF

Mr. Xiaomei Tan Global Environment Facility - GEF Secretariat +1 202 473 7448

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - IPCC

Dr. Bettina Menne
World Health Organization - WHO
+49 228 8150 422

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