Responsibility for Climate Resilience Falls to Local Governments
Municipal governments are stepping up to build resilience against the local impacts of climate change, Thorpe reported from the Resilient Cities 2014 Forum in Bonn May 29-31, hosted by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. Much of the discussion focused on funding and partnerships to support needed infrastructure projects. “We want to build inclusive, safe, sustainable cities,” said ICLEI President David Cadman. But “since a COP-21 agreement in Paris will not come into effect until 2020, the real responsibility of doing the necessary work until then will fall upon cities and local governments,” added Deputy Secretary General Emani Kumar.