International Policy & Practice
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS NETWORK (UN-SDSN) – CO-CHAIR OF THE THEMATIC GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE CITIES
As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, the SDSN is tasked by the UN Secretary General with developing a new framework for global development over the 2015-30 period as mandated by the Rio+20 Summit. This framework will be developed around Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that for the first time embrace all UN agencies and 192 UN member states nations (from high to low-income countries) via ten integrative development goals. IIHS has been supporting the development of an Urban Sustainable Development Goal as input into the SDSN Thematic Group on Sustainable Cities.
Practice Areas: Sustainable Urban Development, Resilience Planning
Partners and Clients: United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN)
INTER-GOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC)ASSESSMENT REPORT 5: COORDINATING LEAD AUTHOR ON URBAN ADAPTATION
An IIHS team with Rockefeller Foundation support has been contributing to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report assessment of urban adaptation. This chapter assesses current scientific knowledge on the drivers and impacts of climate change on urban centres, their populations and economies; identifies strategies and measures to adapt to these changes (especially protecting vulnerable groups); and maps the institutional and governance changes needed to underpin this. The chapter undertakes a global review of research and action by academic and research institutions, policymakers and city administrators, the private sector and civil society towards climate change adaptation and transformative development in cities across the world. Case studies of New York, Durban, London and Dar es Salaam are presented.
Practice Areas: Climate Change, Resilience Planning
Partners and Clients: Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rockefeller Foundation (RF)
UNITED NATION’S INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FOR DISASTER RISK (UNISDR) – GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF RISK 2011 AND 2013
The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is UNISDR’ biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction and comprehensive review and analysis of the natural hazards affecting humanity. The GAR contributes to achieving the Hyogo Framework of Action via monitoring risk patterns, trends and progress in disaster risk reduction while providing strategic policy guidance to countries and the international community. IIHS serves on Advisory Board for the GAR and supported the GAR process via a research study on the “Role of Private Sector and Disaster Risk Reduction.” This study includes an analysis of four actors undertaking large-scale urban projects in Delhi— DMRC, DND, DIAL, DLF—through secondary research as well as primary surveys, assessments and interviews.
Practice Areas: Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Private Partnerships
Partners and Clients: United Nation’s International Strategy for Disaster Risk (UNISDR)
OECD/WORLD BANK/UNEP: INTERNATIONAL GREEN GROWTH KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform is a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Through widespread consultation and research, GGKP provides practitioners and policymakers with better tools to foster economic growth and implement sustainable development. IIHS serves on the GGKP Advisory Committee (AC) which comprises experts from around the world with deep technical and/or policy experience related to green growth research and practice.
Practice Areas: Green Growth, Resilience Planning, Sustainable Urban Development
Partners and Clients: World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)