Navigating a Climate-Resilient Future: Urban-Act’s Agenda in 2024

Through a thorough preparation from 2021, The Urban-Act project commenced its implementation in 2023. The project seals the commitment to support a transformation towards low-carbon and resilient urban development and has unveiled a series of milestones from the inaugural kick-off meeting to the widespread dissemination of knowledge across an array of platforms. In 2024, the project implementation, which is developed under The International Climate Initiative (IKI) from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) of Germany, will continue its contribution to the local implementation of climate change policies and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) in coherence with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through the application of a multilevel approach (regional, national, subnational, local levels).

Urban-Act’s 2024 Agenda: Regional and National Initiatives

As Urban-Act ventures into 2024, its commitment to fostering sustainable urbanisation and climate resilience remains steadfast, promising a year of amplified impact and positive transformations. Urban-Act continues to sustain its impactful presence, unveiling a series of agendas both at the regional and national levels. For the regional component, there will be a sequence of training webinars addressing topics in integration climate action for low-carbon and resilient cities. Other than that, Urban-Act is gearing up for active participation in various regional and international stages, such as the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) on February 20-23, 2024 in Bangkok, the ASEAN Mayors Forum (AMF) on September 18-19, 2024 in Vientiane, the World Urban Forum (WUF) 12 on November 4-8, 2024 in Cairo, and other future commencing events. Urban-Act is ready to grab opportunities for dialogue, knowledge exchange, and collaboration, positioning Urban-Act at the forefront of regional discussions on sustainable urban development and climate resilience.

At the national component, Urban-Act has outlined a dynamic agenda, engaging in crucial dialogues with the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) of Indonesia to deliberate on climate policy. Additionally, there will be identification of specific theme in the cities of Medan and Padang, coupled with the training of thematic tools as an integral part of Urban-Act’s mission in enabling conditions and strengthens capacities of cities for mainstreaming climate change. Furthermore, a comprehensive review of city development plans will be undertaken to ensure holistic and strategic approach to the challenges and opportunities in low carbon and climate resilience. In 2024, the project expects to accelerate the vertical integration of climate targets through a holistic alignment of policies, actions, and initiatives while also preparing to support cities in their climate actions implementation in 2025.