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Developing enabling environment for Urban low emission development under Paris Agreement:upgrading conditions in urban slum areas

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Pakistan faces a challenging urban environment. For example& Karachi& one of the top ten largest cities of the world with around 20 million population& confronts frequent power failures& water shortages& transport woes& heat island effect& rising sea levels& informal settlements& urban flooding& climate change challenges& and poor solid waste management system. With 210 million people& urban share of the total population in Pakistan was 36.4% & which is expected to be over 50% by 2025. For dealing with these challenges& UN-Habitat and Korea Land and Housing Corporation (LH) had discussions on collaborative initiatives to promote integrated climate change and urban planning approaching for greening of slum areas through housing projects. The project is to strengthen capacities of national government& local institutions and communities to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation& especially to develop enabling environment for low emission development and carbon market& and to support Pakistani government’s NDC plan under Paris Agreement after 2020. The purpose of the session is to demonstrate the importance of GHG emission reduction in urban areas and how to support urban slums environment and living condition improvement. The session will first introduce how to develop the project with relevant stakeholders in Pakistan and Korea& and the project implementation with project team in Pakistan& with assistance of the LH& in providing LH’s global project framework. The session will then proceed in exploring the innovative development for GHG emission reduction in cities& especially urban slums based on situation analysis and needs assessment on the ground with relevant stakeholders in Pakistan. This will set out the climate and urban slum challenges and explore in panel discussion with NGOs& CSOs&and local authorities how to encourage cities to promote greening urban slums and GHG emission reductions. The vulnerable communities would be directly engaged to this project. National government could join in panel discussion for UN-Habitat’s contribution to NDC revision in housing sector with green building. Expected outcomes of the session: mainstreaming climate change mitigation into urban development; Greening urban slums for GHG emission reduction; zero-carbon development planning; NDC revision for housing sector and UN-Habitat’s role;