P4G Countdown: Green cities & Local actions with Secy. General of ICLEI
Updated: 2021-05-28 17:18:13 KST
Over two thirds of the world's greenhouse gases are emitted from cities.
And to mitigate environmental impact of rapid urbanization, close cooperation between the central and local governments are essential.
In the run up to the P4G summit set for this Sunday, we take some time to zoom in on the role of local governments and municipal authorities in tackling climate change.
Joining us live from Bonn, Germany is Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of Local Governments for Sustainability, better known as ICLEI.
It's great to have you with us.
ICLEI places a lot of emphasis on local and regional-level actions. Help us understand why local and regional governments are important players in tackling climate change.
Green cities is one of the five main themes to be discussed at the P4G Seoul Summit. How does ICLEI's climate action strategy align with P4G goals?
Do you think the Covid-19 pandemic has helped cities, in a way, in boosting resilience and adaptation to global hazards, including climate change?
South Korea is yet to announce its upgraded emissions target from its previous goal of around 25% cut by 2030. How do you assess Korean cities' carbon reduction efforts and the role of local governments?
What are the biggest remaining challenges in mitigating impact of rapid urbanization while inducing low-carbon, equitable and circular developments?
Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI joining us live from Bonn. Thank you for your insights.