Urban & Local Self-Leadership and Capacity Building from Within: Emerging Examples from the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) Network of Cities

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Representatives from Durban, South Africa, the South African National Government, the Central KwaZulu-Natal Climate Compact of Durban, the City of Miami Beach, FL, the SE Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, US EPA, and USAID/ICMA will share their experiences within the DAC network, on North-South, South-South city-to-city exchanges.

The DAC is the outcome of the local government convention convened during COP17, and has been signed by 283 city leaders/governments representing over 1000 local governments from 45 countries. The DAC is Africa-based and led, and the majority of its signatories are presently from the ‘Global South’.

The DAC represents a voice still inadequately represented in the international climate change space, that of vulnerable (often poor) cities that have little option but to self-organize in the face of growing climate risk, often in the absence of outside support.  City-to-city exchanges have thus far resulted in community involvement, local self-leadership and self-organization, and enhanced capacity to take coordinated action.

Early outcomes suggest that with minimal, structured and reliable support, significant national and global momentum could be generated at the city level to tackle adaptation and development needs and bring about action and adaptation governance coordinated across local, urban and national levels. The event will be webcast live via YouTube, from the U.S. Center in Paris from 5:45 pm-6:45 pm, EST.

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