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Hopeful solutions in a post-1.5 °C world: Moving from inequity to city-scale resilience

19/06/2024, 14:15 - 15:45

2023 shattered another climate change record: It was not only the warmest year on record but also the first year where every day was at least 1°C warmer than the pre-industrial period. We are confronting a new reality of consistently exceeding 1.5°C, which spells disaster for the world’s most vulnerable populations who are forced to contend with extreme heat, excess water, or water scarcity daily.

We will discuss the implications of living in a post-1.5°C world for cities, towns, and regions worldwide in the face of unprecedented change and uncertainty. Attendees will learn from globally recognized cities and experts who implement cutting-edge resilience initiatives, even in challenging or resource-limited environments.


  • Alejandra Bolio Rojas, Director, Sustainable Development Unit, Municipality of Mérida, Mexico
  • Annemie Denzer-Schulz, Portfolio Manager , KfW Development Bank, Germany
  • Cristian Zamora, Mayor, City of Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Manuel de Araújo, Mayor, City of Quelimane, Mozambique; ICLEI Africa Regional Executive Committee Member
  • María Fernanda Flores Ortiz, Coordinator, Climate Change Management Programme, Tegucigalpa, Municipality of the Central District, Honduras
  • Rodolfo Sopena Undersecretary of Environment and Public Space, City of Río Grande (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina
  • Sabelo Nkosi, Senior Manager, Biodiversity Planning, Thekwini, South Africa
  • Saliceni Raiwalui, Administrative Chair, Nadi Town Council, Fiji
  • Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Isadora Buchala, Resilience Regional Analyst, ICLEI South America Secretariat
  • Kobie Brand, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; Regional Director ICLEI Africa Secretariat


David Jacome-Polit, Head of Resilient Development, ICLEI World Secretariat

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