UN-Habitat and UNDP Organize Climate Change Workshop for Asian Mayors

14 November 2012. The Asia-Pacific region has made progress in reducing slum numbers, but it is still home to more than 500 million slum-dwellers or over half the world’s slum population. Urban poor communities, often concentrated in flood-prone areas alongside rivers or even directly on watercourses, are particularly sensitive to climate change. In order to address this issue and promote more sustainable and climate-resilient cities, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a Workshop on Climate Change for Asian mayors and senior urban officials on 29 October 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand

The one-day workshop brought together decision-makers, regional development partners and city government representatives from: Dhaka and Chittagong, Bangladesh; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Makassar, Indonesia; Kathmandu and Biratnagar, Nepal; Sorsogon, the Philippines; Negombo and Balangoda, Sri Lanka; and Bangkok, Thailand.

The message coming out of the meeting is that Asia’s cities are central to the world’s battle against climate change. With the dual challenges of supporting the urban poor to adapt and reduce emissions, cities hold the keys to a sustainable and inclusive future.

For further information please contact infohabitat@unhabitat.org or visit: http://www.unhabitat.org/content.asp?cid=11583&catid=7&typeid=6.