Greening the middle: Towards sustainable intermediary cities in developing countries

Nov 16, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Intermediary cities have great untapped potential for addressing climate change and boosting rural and urban resilience. They play critical roles in urbanisation dynamics and are at the forefront of actions for climate mitigation and adaptation. In developing countries, however, intermediary cities are often characterised by fast and unplanned urbanisation processes which can generate undesirable repercussions (such as car dependency, sprawl, and high emission levels). Paired with systematic governance and financing constraints, these features disproportionately expose them to climate change and limit their capacity for climate action. Unless coherent actions are put in place, these cities risk following the same path as larger cities that are now struggling to reverse practices and become sustainable. Join us as we present the OECD/UN-Habitat report on Intermediary Cities and Climate Change. In addition to the report, government representatives, development partners, and international organisations will discuss key entry points and assets to consider when promoting climate action in these regions. This launch is being held by the OECD Development Centre and UN-Habitat. We look forward to seeing you there! #OECDatCOP27



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