Addressing climate risks and vulnerabilities in urban and peri-urban areas

Building resilience to climate change is complex, particularly for rapidly growing cities. The impacts of climate change vary greatly among different cities due to physical factors like local geography and environment as well as a host of social, political, and economic factors, rooted in systemic inequalities. Many cities have not yet addressed climate risks due to lack of relevant city policies and action plans, outmoded regulations on urban planning, lack of capacity to respond to climate disasters, and lack of public awareness. Cities need to identify their climate risks and vulnerabilities in order to take action and make their cities more resilient.

10:00 am to 11:30 pm: Mainstreaming Climate Resilience in Cities
Moderated: Ms. Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Regional Programme Manager, Action for Climate Today
Mr. Vikram Singh, Regional Co-Director, Asia & Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities
Ms. Betsy Otto, Director, Global Water Program, World Resources Institute
Mr. Sanjay Sridhar, Regional Director, South & West Asia, C40 Cities (TBC)
Mr. Manpreet Singh, Associate Director, KPMG
Mr. Pier Roberto Remitti, Program Director, International Urban Cooperation, India
12 noon to 1:30 pm: Inclusivity in Urban Climate Resilience Planning
Moderated: Dr. Shyamala Mani, Professor, National Institute of Urban Affairs (TBC)
Mr. Vikram Singh, Regional Co-Director, Asia & Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities
Dr. Vikas Desai, Director, Urban Health and Climate Resilience Centre of Excellence
Mr. Kamlesh Yagnik, Chief Resilience Officer, Surat, 100 Resilient Cities
Mr. M Nagarajan,, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Surat Municipal Corporation
Ms. Lubaina Rangwala,Managing Associate, WRI India