Blogs Label: Opinion

Unlocking urban resilience through innovative partnerships

Opinion Author: Samuel Carter , Chioma Ume, Rurik Marsden

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities—a figure that is expected to reach 65 percent by 2045. According to UN-Habitat, approximately one third of the urban population in the developing world resides in slum communities. This figure jumps to more than 60 percent in African cities. Often lacking reliable sanitation services, clean water, access to electricity and emergency services the residents of these densely populated informal settlements face significant risks.

Crucial involvement of mass media to broaden public awareness of climate change in Asia

Opinion Author: Nyoman Prayoga, Kaitlin B. Harris

Mass media has the power to significantly influence various levels of practice, politics, and public opinion. Media outlets hold the power to shape the public’s perception, awareness, and the discourses and actions related to climate change.  This includes the important role of defining climate change, its negative impacts, and stimulating resilience responses in urban and rural areas alike.

Climate resilience must be a global priority

Opinion Author: Ashvin Dayal, Saleemul Huq

After tense negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, the world finally has a deal that, although not perfect, for the first time allows us to be optimistic that we will decelerate the pace of climate change.

Centre staging cities in post-COP21 climate actions

Opinion Author: Nimish Jha

The COP21 agreement in Paris confirms the nations’ commitments to lowering their carbon emissions and reducing the exponential increase in global temperatures[1]. Its resounding approval does indicate the world's ambition to achieve these commitments to lower levels, and to work together in protecting the planet from the effects of climate change. This spirit of collaboration and cooperation signals the nations’ determination to fight the impacts of climate change.

Inclusive governance and urban resilience: Challenges at the nexus of urbanization and climate change

Opinion Author: Jim Jarvie

The developing world is urbanizing rapidly. However, this urban growth is leading to increased inequity and vulnerability, particularly for the marginalized poor. Climate change further compounds these problems.

Asia showcases these challenges and highlights warnings to be heeded elsewhere.