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G1 - Global Platform for Sustainable Cities: An integrated approach to resilience

Session Description

Facilitator: Fareeha Y. Iqbal , Senior Climate Change Specialist, Global Environment Facility, Washington DC,  USA

Moderator: Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability


  • Andrea Fernandez, Director of Governance and Global Partnerships, C40 Climate Leadership Group, London, UK
  • Lauretta Burke, Senior Associate, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington DC, USA 
  • Reimund Schwarze, Head of the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany
  • Bruno Schwambach, Secretary for Sustainable Development and Environment representing the City of Recife, Brazil which is a participant of the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities


This session explores the potential of the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) in catalysing and scaling up urban sustainability and resilience across the globe by harnessing and sharing transferable knowledge emerging from a broad range of actors operating in the urban space. 

The GPSC was launched in March 2016 by the Global Environment Facility, World Bank and other partners, including city networks and technology providers, as an initiative under the $151 million Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot program. It is designed to serve as a dynamic information hub and exchange for sustainable, resilient and environmentally sound urban development, and to ensure that cities can harness state of the art thinking on integrated urban planning while at the same time sharing their experiences globally through networks of Mayors and city experts. The GPSC can help advance understanding of how cities track, measure and perform on environmental sustainability and resilience and has immense potential to spur the scale up of transformative measures.

This moderated panel discussion will draw on insights from the members of the GPSC’s technical resource team (ICLEI, WRI and C40) to explain how this Platform will add value to the many ongoing efforts in urban networks, data and sustainability initiatives. Also, partners from developing country cities will weigh in on the expected value of the effort for their countries as they pursue commitments towards sustainability and resilience. A high-level discussant will offer closing thoughts, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.