The “Urban Pathways: Supporting Low Carbon Plans for Basic Services in the context of the New Urban Agenda” project was launched in Berlin with a training week from 16 to 20 October 2017. The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Environment (BMUB) and is implemented by UN-Habitat, together with its partners – the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, UN Environment and a network of cities and regional experts.
“Urban Pathways builds on partnerships such as the EU supported SOLUTIONS project and will build on this taking an integrated approach to urban energy, mobility and waste management systems” said Andre Dzikus, Coordinator, Urban Basic Services Branch of UN-Habitat. He highlighted the changing landscape in provision of basic services with the advent of technology, and that the options to choose for cities are more than before. The Urban Pathways project will provide informed decision-making to the project cities in conceptualizing, planning and implementing basic urban services.
“As a key technical partner the Wuppertal Institute will support UN-Habitat and build on a vast body of research in the areas of energy, resources and sustainable urban mobility” said Uwe Schneidewind, President of the Wuppertal Institute. He also added that the current work of the institute with cities in Germany and internationally to an active exchange of knowledge in the Urban Pathways project. Oliver Lah from the Urban Pathways team introduced the project and its activities, which focus on integrated urban energy, mobility and resource management solutions and on capacity building, city learning partnerships, policy advice and the development of implementation concepts for cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Human Settlements, Bhutan, Phuntsho Wangdi, reminded the audience that sustainable urban development strategies need to be people centred, protecting nature and aiming to preserve the unique character of a city.
The training week focussed on the barriers and opportunities in the transition to low carbon development and experiences were shared from South Africa, Fiji, Malaysia, Nepal and India.
The focus was also on the possibilities for cities to implement low carbon development, with examples from cities that have implemented such strategies. Urban mobility was also a thematic focus in the training week. The development of initial implementation concepts for urban energy, mobility and resource management projects was the focus, followed by discussion on indicators for urban access and the tracking of indicators.
The partnership initiated with the kick-off event will be part of the international exchange, implementation action support, regional trainings. The thematic eLearning modules will also be launched soon.
All presentations of the event can be found here: http://www.urban-pathways.org/conference-agenda.html