13 September 2018 - 17:00 to 19:00

Rural-urban linkages and the key role of subnational governments in the achievement of the sustainable development goals

Starts: 13 September 2018

Location: Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) to be held in San Francisco, California

The event “Rural-urban linkages and the key role of subnational governments in the achievement of the sustainable development goals” will take place during the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) to be held in San Francisco, California, on 13 September from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce.

The affiliate event will explore the potential of regional governments in providing for resilient and sustainable communities through adaptation actions that are in line with the achievement of the SDGs. Further, it will show how regional governments are addressing the nexus between rural and urban environments, a condition for effective integration of adaptation and sustainable development. Being responsible for several elements of territorial planning including agriculture, environmental regulation, disaster risk reduction, fire prevention and control, and the protection of natural areas and biodiversity, among others, regional governments can develop the necessary actions to address the increasing need of integrated rural-urban planning.

The event will serve to highlight the potential of regional governments towards efficient and coherent climate change adaptation. Moreover, it will foster synergies, cooperation, communication and mutual learning among regional governments on projects to take action on the ground. Authorities of regional governments worldwide will discuss successful experiences and challenges regarding the integration of adaptation actions with sustainable development.

The event will further highlight the potential of regional governments in developing effective rural-urban linkages and sustainable land use mechanisms, as well as the valuable function of international networks and initiatives, like RegionsAdapt, in this regard. Following a one-hour panel discussion, participants are invited to share experiences in an informal networking environment, in order to forge new alliances and joint projects aiming at obtaining results on the ground.

For more information on the affiliate events taking place in the framework of the GCAS, please visit the calendar on the GCAS website. In addition, from September 12-14, you can virtually attend the Summit by streaming it live on YouTubeFacebook and Twitter.

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