March 2022
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The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) hosted two half-day online events to showcase its work in disaster risk management. Over 100 global attendees discussed the progress made toward reducing disaster vulnerability in a changing climate, and ongoing efforts to seek innovative and sustainable solutions.
Day 1 focused on resilience and climate change, along with featuring GFDRR’s work in the Caribbean, India, the Marshall Islands, Bhutan and The Gambia.
Day 2 centered on inclusive disaster risk management (DRM) and gender equality; the nexus between DRM and fragility; conflict and violence; and messages from Tonga, Indonesia, Romania and West Bank & Gaza.
 Visit the GFDRR Partnership Days site for the recorded event sessions and shared knowledge products. Check out the blog about the event.

Upcoming Events

Climate Resiliency and the 1 Million Homes Project; How to accelerate disaster & climate resiliency for housing
 April 4, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm ET

Government housing policies in developing markets are often not in line with national policy commitments resulting from the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. This event will share practical experience and learnings on how to accelerate disaster resiliency with a robust monitoring and scoring system to strengthen housing structural integrity and mitigate seismic risk.
Launch Event -- Silver Hues: Building Age-Ready Cities
 April 5, 9:00 am-10:30 am ET

This event will discuss options to plan, design, and create age-ready cities and towns for a future in which older persons will increasingly outnumber young ones. Inclusion of senior citizens must be taken into consideration given the global pandemic, climate change, and the unique situation of older persons.
Demographic Trends and Urbanization
 April 5, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm ET

This session will highlight key regional demographic trends and its confluence with urbanization, its future outlook, and the implications that it will have for cities’ decision making on public spending, infrastructure investments and urban design. The recent “Demographic Trends and Urbanization,  intended as a roadmap for national and city governments, will also be discussed. 
GPURL’s 30 Days of Learning – in a virtual format – provides staff opportunities to build capacity on technical, operational, and soft business skills. Get greater insight into Global Solutions Groups (GSGs) and Knowledge Silo Breakers (KSBs) to advance our work. Catch the last week featuring the Urban Poverty, Inclusive Cities and Housing GSG. See the calendar of events on Sharepoint and OLC. Browse the Learning Catalog for over 200 archived webinars.

(View session recordings on the GPURL Learning Days 2022 Video channel

Don’t miss the WBG-IMF Spring Meetings events  and Civil Society Policy Forum happening online, and key GPURL and SD events:
Leveraging Sustainable Tourism for Country-Level Recovery and Climate Action
April 18, 8:00 am ET

This invitation-only virtual event will center on an in-depth discussion with diverse stakeholders and policymakers on how sustainable tourism can be leveraged for climate action and inclusive livelihoods, as tourism-dependent communities plan for an economic recovery from COVID-19.
Transitioning Economies, Transforming Climate: Financing Climate Action for a Green and Inclusive Future
April 21, 11:00 am ET

This event will look at the actions that are needed to create enabling environments, leverage different pools of capital at the right time, and involve communities and bring them along in the global transition to a low-carbon, resilient future.


In Case You Missed It:
Recordings of Recent Events

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Municipal Finance
March 31, 2022
Report Launch: Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management - Assessment in the Caribbean
March 24, 2022
Scaling up risk reduction of critical infrastructure – Experience from Europe and Central Asia Region
March 18, 2022

Understanding and preventing wildfires – Experience from Europe and Central Asia Region
March 18, 2022
How to Design Urban Nature-Based Solutions: applying the Catalogue of Nature-based Solutions for Urban Resilience in Practice Interactively
March 17, 2022
A Pathway toward Resilient, Green, and Inclusive School Infrastructure
March 17, 2022
Scaling up Urban Flood Resilience through Nationally Facilitated Local Actions
March 16, 2022
Raising the Stakes on Gender in Disaster Risk Management – from global knowledge to operational impact
March 16, 2022
Operationalizing risk sensitive land use planning and regulatory reforms: a way to make cities resilient to climate and disaster risks
March 15, 2022
The hybrid DPO/Cat-DDO: bringing disaster risk management center stage in the Pacific
March 15. 2022
Virtual Technical Deep Dive: Low Carbon Climate-Smart Cities
March 15, 2022
Improving the development impact of emergency projects through inclusion
March 14. 2022
GRADE for TTLs: The What, Why, and When Behind the Global Rapid Post-Disaster Damage Estimation Products
March 14, 2022
GFDRR/Global Weather Enterprise Forum - Building the New Economy – the Role of the Weather Enterprise
March 3, 2022
Achieving Local Economic Development Leveraging Art Festivals
March 2, 2022
Featured Publications
Going forward, please use this form to pitch any blog for publication on the Sustainable Cities, Water or Development and a Changing Climate blog sites.
MARCH 23, 2022
Towards more disability-inclusive climate resilience in the Caribbean
by  Linda Anderson-Berry, L. Jordan, Naraya Carrasco

MARCH 23, 2022
Leveraging international experience for resilient infrastructure in China
by  Weiping Wang, Xiaoyong Ni, Francis Ghesquiere, Yuan Xiao, Ziquing Zhang 
MARCH 17, 2022
Resilient and inclusive public financial management systems enable governments to better respond to disasters
by Bernard Myers, Urska Zrinski
MARCH 15, 2022
Mobilizing partnerships to achieve disaster risk resilience for all
by  Sarah Charles, Niels Holm-Nielsen 
MARCH 8, 2022
Protecting women and girls in post-disaster Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
by  JIan Vun, Tony Hartanto Widjarnarso, Kumala Sari
MARCH 8, 2022
Working on gender equality - one house at a time
by  Gisela Ferrari, Michelle Morandotti 
MARCH 2, 2022
The Philippines is “Ready to Rebuild” in the aftermath of Typhoon Rai
by  Lesley Jeanne Y. Cordero


Urban Development in the Headlines

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March 28, 2022

Africa grapples with climate finance issue
March 25,  2022

Promoting use of technology to tackle urban problems
March 22,  2022

OpED: Women & girls should be included in urban planning in the Carib
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March 10,  2022

Lessons from nine urban areas using data to drive local sustainable development
March 8,  2022

How These Women Are Contributing to a Sustainable Tomorrow
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March 8,  2022

Gender-Sensitive Infrastructure Planning Means Better Cities for Everyone
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March 7, 2022

25 more badass women shaping climate action
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March 7, 2022

The elusive urban forest that lies beneath Toronto
National Geographic
March 7, 2022

Africa CSW consultation calls for a greater ‘gender’ focus in climate and disaster action
Relief Web
March 4, 2022

Smart Cities: A New Chapter in the IoT Journey
March 1, 2022

UN report highlights cautionary tales of climate finance that backfires
March 1, 2022

Irreversible climate impacts already here: IPCC
The Third Pole

February 28, 2022


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