Cities networks tackle global changes

22 March 2012

In Marseille, local authority networks are engaged in the questions of urbanisation and climate change. “The 21st century will be the century of cities” predicts David Cadman, President of ICLEI- Local governments for sustainability. In effect, by 2050, two-thirds of humanity will be city-dwellers, totaling 6 billion compared to 3 billion today. We will have to double our current urban capacity. This means building in 40 years what we have previously done in 4000 years. It is impossible without changing our consumption patterns and type of urban development,” warns David Cadman.

Climate change make the transformation of cities more urgent. Muchadeyi Masunda, mayor of Harare, Zimbabwe, co-president of United Cities and Local Governments reports: "More and more of our members in Africa are already feeling the impact of climate change". In this context, it is even more important to better manage water resources. Thus, Harare collaborates with the city of Munich, Germany. "It is important for us to directly learn form more mature jurisdictions. The city networks are an important medium to implement concrete solutions," highlights Muchadeyi Masunda.

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