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The quest for Climate Change Mitigation and Local Sustainable Development: how can municipalities in developing countries deliver?

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Climate change and rapid urbanization are clearly articulated by Agenda 2030 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as twin global development challenges. Increasing extreme weather events particularly droughts, floods, water stress, sea level rise, heat waves and storms have become top threats with far reaching social and economic repercussions in cities and municipalities across the globe, and more importantly in developing countries. This places the local governments as key players in accelerating climate action and strengthening resilience as they are responsible for areas such as water management, disaster risk reduction, urban planning, air quality management, building regulations and electrification. Further, local governments are closest to the communities that they serve and therefore feel the immediate effects when natural disasters strike. In efforts to serve the communities, they do not only have the responsibility to provide leadership for building resilient communities but also to spar socio-economic development within the municipalities. Against this backdrop, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) facilitates a panel discussion in order to address the main challenges for municipalities in developing countries in the context of fulfilling international climate change obligations and providing economic opportunities for the local population at the same time. Experts from Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa will discuss innovative solutions and best practices with the aim to strengthen peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and to support local governments in developing countries in accelerating climate action attuned to their development trajectories and other pressures.