Rising sea levels and extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and storms have heavy impacts on the infrastructure, livelihoods, and human health in cities. Cities around the world are spearheading innovative solutions in many areas of low-emission climate-resilient development and environmental sustainability, including energy, transportation, water and waste management and disaster risk reduction. Cities are also increasingly joining forces and learning from each other to collectively strengthen environmental protection.
From May to June 2021, UNOSSC and UN-Habitat opened a joint call for submissions, inviting city stakeholders to share their innovative experiences on environmental sustainability and climate change.
Under the South-South Cities Project Framework, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) produced the report “Innovative Experiences of Cities on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action through South-South and Triangular Cooperation”. The publication features 12 case studies from 15 cities in six sectors, providing useful insights on practical and effective solutions to inspire, replicate, and upscale South-South and triangular cooperation at the sub-national level in different contexts.