Our planet will host 80% of the global population living in densely packed cities. According to the OECD, African cities are expected to house an additional 950 million people by 2050. With cities housing more than half of the world's population, urban areas will play a critical role to fight against climate change. This need is reinforced by the release of the third part of the sixth: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - IPCC report, which places Africa among the regions with the fastest urban growth and calls for a profound transformation of cities to deal with climate change and its consequences.
With many African cities already struggling to meet basic human needs, development and climate challenges are increasingly becoming urban issues. The ability to shift from business as usual to a more transformative approach is critical to the development of sustainable cities. However, researchers and policy makers need to be more concerned about the future of African cities by helping municipal governments, private and public investors, and donors make informed decisions about urban planning and policy.
Join us for a live discussion with global experts on the most recent research and thinking on resilient cities. Our webinar will broaden the discussion on priority topics that contribute to the successful development of African cities and make cities more sustainable and resilient.
On the agenda
Speaker: Jérôme CHENAL
Cities for forest: the relation between cities and forests
Speaker: Johan MottelsonAssistant Professor, Institute of Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Royal Danish Academy - Architecture, Design, Conservation
Realizing Walkable and Bikeable Cities in Africa
Speaker: Peninah NdegwaProgram Coordinator for Share the Road Program at UNEP
A resilient and susbtainable urban master plan in Saint Louis, Senegal
Speaker: Ludovic JonardArchitect Urbanist
SDG11 and resilient cities/ climate challenges in Africa with a focus on innovative and smart solutions
Speaker: Fruzsina StrausAfrica Regional Focal Point for Urban Resilience, Climate Action and DRR and country programme manager Malawi, Rwanda, Indian Ocean at UN-Habitat
Moderator: Ludovic Jonard
Initiative of the Youth of Climate in Morocco
Speaker: Fatna Ikrame El FanneEnvironmental Engineer & Climate activist
Nature will be an integral part of cities in the future
Speaker: Gilbert SiameAssociate Professor of international urban development and planning, Norway
Agriculture in African cities: drivers, effects and adaptations
Speaker: Epule TerenceAssistant Professor and Chair of Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Strategies in (IWRI)/UM6P and Director of (ACCA) Lab
Challenges for urban Water security under climate change
Speaker: Mike MullerVisiting Adjunct Professor in the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Governance
Speaker: Jérôme CHENAL
Moderator: Rémi Jaligot