Climate Resilience was the theme that guided the last week of the IUC-LAC Dialogues, with the exchange of experiences between cities in Europe and Latin America which, although at different times, face common challenges and threats. The latest discussions were focused on natural resources and their link with services and international agreements and climate actions and solutions, like the European Green Agreement. The dialogue tables were composed with the concern of integrate technicians, specialists and decision makers.
The pandemic has exposed how cities are subject to a variety of threats, including risks crelated to the climate. “Immediate impacts affect urban sectors and residential areas close to cities and, unlike the pandemic that we will overcome, they tend to increase. We hope that these exchanges and synergies that promote and facilitate networking are being useful for our cities” said the Programme Officer for Foreign Policy Instruments for the Americas of the European Union, Bárbara Roces, who welcomed the participants of this edition of the IUC-LAC Dialogues.
Cities are in the first line of action to face the crisis generated by COVID- 19. His responses, through emergency plans, were fundamental to ensure the provision of fair and accessible public services and keep their operation in crucial issues such as the provision of water services and waste management. On the 7th July participants discussed ways to strengthen the structure of the and make it more resilient. The lack of access to basic local services is a factor that aggravates inequalities, poverty and, consequently, social and environmental vulnerability.
On July 9, political agreements at the regional and global level, such as the Green Pact, were already in place. European or the so-called New Green Deal have guided the debates on Actions and climate solutions. These agreements seek to build a roadmap for development sustainable, in line with 2030 Agenda, which will promote structural change towards a green, modern and efficient economy in the use of resources.
The context of COVID-19 aggravates the conflicting relationship of cities with nature, increasing health risks and extreme weather events, but also offers a special opportunity to reflect. Ambitious plans for energy transition and emissions reduction; the eradication of poverty and inequalities; and the restoration of biodiversity, among other inclusive actions to climate, can help reverse those threats.
The IUC-LAC Dialogue series was dedicated to rethinking the post-Covid-19 cities and covered issues such as tourism, public space, urban mobility, the green economy and the smart economy and natural resources and their connection with public services. Strengthening the municipal structure and making it more resilient is crucial to ensure the continuity of basic services for the population, and especially for the most vulnerable.