Cities neglected in national policies, says report

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While more than half of the world population lives in cities, only a fourth of the world’s governments have urban development policies at all, and even those existing ones are not sufficient to make cities sustainable, says a new report.

The report, from the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Coalition for Urban Transitions and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, says that national level policies are key to making cities more sustainable.

The reports suggest key measures required in energy generation, transport, waste management and infrastructure such as promoting public transport and encouraging electric vehicles.

“Now is the time for national governments to put cities at the heart of their national strategies,” said lead author Derik Broekhoff. “National governments must consider what policies they need to deliver in order to ensure their countries and cities are prepared for the unprecedented urbanization and climate challenges the world is facing.”

“City leaders continue to advance local climate action in key sectors like clean transport, energy savings, and better housing,” said Amanda Eichel, Executive Director of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

“This report shows that with strong partnerships and support of cities at the national level, they will be even better positioned to collectively build a low-carbon future and drive economic growth across the country,” Eichel added.

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