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Sustainable Cities Presentation_11 UNEP

Sustainable Cities Presentation_11 UNEP

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What UNEP has to offer to cities:
Introduction to UNEP’s work
on built and urban environment
1
 
Cities as Potential Drivers of Change
Population
:
50%
of the
world population
lives in cities
today
.
70%
expected by
2050
All of the population growth
in the next four decades willbe absorbed by urban areas
Resource pressure
:Cities consume over
75%
of the
world’s natural resources,
use
60% -80%
of 
global energy
andare responsible for
75%
of the
CO2 emissions
Economic driver:
Urban based economic activities
account for
55% of GNP
in
LDCs
,
73%
in
middle income
countries, and
85% in the most developed countries=> Dilemma: Cities as driver of global unsustainableresource use, but also greatest potential forsustainability-oriented innovations
2
 
Promoting Sustainable Cities
3
The Urban Environment Programme aims to:
Integrate the urban dimension in key global environment issues
Promote the link between local and global agendas and action
Promote resource efficient and sustainable cities
Make the case of integrating environment in strategic planningat city level and to provide advice to cities/city networks
UNEP addresses these goals from three different angles:
1. Awareness Raising, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships2. Development of Tools and capacity-building3. Contributing to Global Knowledge on cities

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