UN starts seriously working with cities.

My very last “low-level” side event, I ended with some positive news about progress in cities throughout the world. Not only are cities making progress, but they are starting to get recognition and assistance from the international community. The representative form the World Bank said, “We realize we need to partner with cities” For the first time the CDM finance will be used for a proposal in Amman Jordan.

The Phillipines also have a new law, the Phillipine Climate Change Act of 2009 in which local governments are recognized as frontline agencies. The law also requires that in the formulation of plans cities shall conisider climate change adaptation as one of their regular functions. In addition Phillippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act requires cities to integrate DRR and CC adaptation into comprehensive local land use and development plans.