Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot: A City-based Approach

Organizer: World Bank Group

Date: Wed / Dec. 9 - 11:15

Time: 11:15

Area: Green Zone

Date: Wednesday, December 9 | Time: 11:15-12:45 | Venue: Agora Hall,

Climate Generations Area (Green Zone), UNFCCC COP21, Paris




As part of its Sixth Replenishment (GEF-6, 2014-1018), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched three Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) programs to promote a new and innovative way of tackling the major drivers of global environmental degradation. The three programs – Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainable Cities and Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Supply Chains – will address challenges that are closely aligned with targets and goals of the multilateral environmental agreements for which the GEF serves as a financial mechanism.

The Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot seeks to promote sustainable urban development through a city-based approach, which recognizes that cities, working in collaboration with all stakeholders, are now on the front line in dealing with some of the most pressing development and environmental challenges and that, most often, they hold the key to solutions.

This session at TAP 2015 will engage urban practitioners, representatives of Multilateral Development Banks, and planning experts to discuss how such a city-based approach can deliver adaptation and mitigation benefits at scale, along with multiple other environmental and development benefits at the national, regional and global level.




Setting the stage (10 mins) – Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF


Panel discussion (45 mins)


  • Antoine Faye, Chief Resilience Officer of Dakar, Senegal
  • Bat-Uul Erdene, Mayor of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • John Roome, Senior Director of Climate Change Group, World Bank
  • Raf Tuts, Head of Urban Planning and Design Unit, UN-Habitat
  • Yang Yingming, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Finance, China


Moderator: Gino Van Begin, Director General of ICLEI


Q&A (30 mins)


Closing remarks – (5 mins)


For more information about the GEF Sustainable Cities Approach:


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