We are delighted to announce the launch of the Coalition for Urban Transitions, the first major international initiative that will make the economic case for better urban development worldwide.
The urban challenge ahead is clear. City leaders the world over are responding to major global challenges such as climate change, urban poverty and access to energy. As of this month, nearly 500 city leaders representing over 400 million people have already committed to the Compact of Mayors, pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, track progress and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
But city-level action alone isn’t enough. Many of the barriers to city level action lie in the hands of national leaders and ministers of finance, energy, transportation, and economy, who often hold key levers for shaping urban development. It will thus compliment detailed ongoing city-level work.
Urbanization should be brought to national-level policy in rapidly-urbanizing countries. Our aim is to support decision-making on urbanization at the national level in countries around the world, linking city-level strategies with broader economic planning. It will help governments put effective urban infrastructure investment at the heart of their growth strategies. Over the next three years, the Coalition will work in a number of rapidly-urbanizing countries, including China, India and several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
On the Coalition
The Coalition for Urban Transitions is a New Climate Economy Special Initiative in collaboration with the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. It brings together over twenty leading global organizations and its work will be championed by a high-profile Urban Leadership Group expected to comprise some members of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate as well as other prominent individuals, who will act as ambassadors for its work. Together, these institutions and individuals span the globe. What they all share is a common purpose: unlocking a better urban future for all.