Durban Adaptation Charter featured at Resilient Cities Congress 2014

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Nxumalo_O'Donoghue_RC2014The recently concluded Resilient Cities 2014 Congress provided the platform for significant developments towards the implementation of the Durban Adaptation Charter for Local Governments. The following new signatory cities committed to the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) during the high-level Mayors Adaptation Forum:

  • Santiago, Chile
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Singra, Bangladesh
  • Surrey, Canada

Closing the special event, ICLEI Vice President and Mayor James Nxumalo of eThekwini Municipality also gave an intervention as Co-Patron of Resilient Cities 2014, and in his role as ICLEI Chair of the Adaptation and Risk Reduction Portfolio in the ICLEI Africa Committee:

“We need to ensure that the adaptation needs of cities are included in any global agreements, and we support the pursuance of a stand-alone urban sustainable development goal … Development should bring economic opportunities whilst reducing the climate change risks faced by city residents”

As the annual reporting platform for the DAC, a feedback report on activities for the year 2013 was also presented at the Resilient Cities Congress during a special session. Among the highlights include knowledge exchange trips that the DAC has facilitated for the City of Dar es Salaam and eThekwini Municipality as well as Fort Lauderdale. The year also saw the expansion of the DAC through outreach missions with DAC partner organisations to potential key funders and cities in North America. In addition to a review, the report also provides insights on the future direction that the DAC will take. Read the full report here.

Watch this space for updates on developments and activities surrounding the Durban Adaptation Charter.

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