Diplomatic Courier's interview with Ashvin Dayal, Associate Vice President and Managing Director, Asia, Rockefeller Foundation
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Asia is going through an unprecedented wave of urbanization. Secondary and tertiary cities are seeing the most rapid changes in land-use and ownership, social structures, and values as peri-urban and agricultural land become part of metropolitan cityscapes. All the while, climate change is making many of these fast-growing cities more vulnerable to disasters.
This article highlights the various methodologies adopted for the preparation of climate resilience strategy in seven cities (Surat, Indore, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Shimla, Bhubaneswar and Mysore) of India under the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) programme. It analyses these methodologies and the overall processes adopted in each of these cities for its potential for replication and brings out the inherent challenges, gaps and opportunities in achieving this. Discussions with the key city stakeholders involved in the ACCCRN process and implementing partners were conducted to understand their views on the need and efficacy of resilience planning in Indian cities as well as the challenges encountered by them during the process. Several issues and suggestions that have emerged from the experiences of the city stakeholders could guide city-level engagements in future. Based on these experiences, key lessons have been highlighted with the aim of guiding the cities to undertake urban resilience planning in future.
As we look towards the future, technological innovations will be essential for sustainable living. In the hopes of developing a sustainable and eco-friendly environment The Climate Innovation Center Vietnam has partnered with the Asian Development Bank to call all budding entrepreneurs to propose new tools for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Leaders Summit is the most important event in the G20 year. The summit provides a valuable opportunity for leaders to discuss a wide range of global economic issues and to use their collective power to improve people’s lives. The summit is informed by the policy discussions held throughout the year. At the end of the summit, leaders release a communiqué which outlines the G20 policy discussions and commitmen
The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 40) will be held to adopt the Fifth Assessment Review (AR5) Synthesis Report and approve its Summary for Policy Makers. Subsequently, in December 2014, a copy of the Synthesis Report will be presented to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.