Thriving – Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in a Changing Climate

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Thriving – Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in a Changing Climate

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Increasingly, climate change is exposing cities to extreme weather events, as well as to a wide variety of slower-moving stresses such as climbing average temperatures, sea-level rise, biodiversity loss, and damage to ecosystem services. At the same time, cities contribute to climate change, producing about 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Cities must thus play a role in climate mitigation while also adapting to better manage climate impacts. New analysis from the World Bank based on 10,000 cities across the globe provides a compass for policymakers at both the national and local levels on policy options for making cities greener, more resilient, and more inclusive in a changing climate. This session will engage prominent government officials including mayors and ministers as well as civil society to discuss the findings and recommendations from the report.

00:00 Welcome! COP27 | Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in a Changing Climate
01:59 Opening remarks
08:12 Main findings of the report
19:59 The case of Lagos State
27:23 Statistics and climate action
33:16 Impacts and opportunities
40:09 Closing remarks


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Lead Urban Economist, World Bank
Senior Economist, World Bank

Welcome everyone! I’m Melina Fleury with the World Bank, and I will be live blogging this event.
Listed on this page you can see the speakers participating in today’s discussion. The event will begin with opening remarks by Mari Pangestu, Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank.
Melina Fleury 

While we wait for the event to begin, learn more about our new report that inspired and named this event, Thriving – Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in a Changing Climate, which was launched this morning. The study provides empirical evidence on how climate change impacts cities, and, in turn, how urban development affects the environment. Analyzing over 10,000 cities across the globe, the report provides a policy compass to help cities thrive in a world confronted by climate change by making them greener, more resilient, and more inclusive.
Link to report overview booklet:

You can join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ClimateActionWBG.

We want to hear from you! Where are you joining us from today?
Melina Fleury 

Climate change in now reality. how world looking to meet the climate change existence? the cities are receiving sever rainfall and its vertical growth also one huge concerned. How the GHGs emission reduce keeping the mind above situation?
zafar Abbas 

Hi Zafar, thank you for your question! Stay tuned -- the presenter and panelists will address this question
Melina Fleury 

Richard Damania, Lead Economist, World Bank, kicks off the discussion by presenting the main findings of the report’s overview – which can be found here:
Melina Fleury 

How to make rapid urbanization sustainable (as in green and economically sustainable) ?
Anonymous Attendee

An excellent question - and one that we hope this session, and the findings of the research presented in this report, will help respond to. Thanks.
Megha Mukim 

Our panel today is composed by Solape Hammond, Special Adviser, Lagos State Office of the SDGs and Investments; Sheela Patel, Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC); and Rogier van den Berg, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.
Melina Fleury 

Big thanks to Solape Hammond for her comments and views on Lagos, which are realities.
Anonymous Attendee

What are some of the incentives to make cities green, resilient and inclusive?
Asuntah Mwangi 

In the report we talk different incentives - fiscal, financial and otherwise - incentives that can be put in place by sub-national and national policy makers. Often these incentives need to be coordinated with other interventions as well.
Melina Fleury 

That concludes the discussion. Thank you to all who tuned in! If you’ve missed anything, note that the recording of the event is already available on this page.
Melina Fleury 

Learn more about cities and climate change in our newly released platform:
Make sure to download the full overview of Thriving – Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in a Changing Climate:

For more information about the World Bank’s work on urban development, visit

For regular updates, make sure to follow us on Twitter: @WBG_Cities
Melina Fleury 

World Bank Group at COP 27

Join us for a series of live events on climate change.

Nov. 8: Climate Finance (SCALE)
Nov. 9: Country Diagnostic (CCDR)
Nov. 11: Just Transition Away from Coal
Nov. 14: Women and Climate Action
Nov. 15: Hydrogen for Development
Nov. 16: The Blue Economy
Nov. 16: Nature-smart economies
Nov. 17: Thriving Green Cities