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Urban-Act Masterclass Module 1 – Multi-level climate action, vertical and horizontal climate governance and integration

12 to 13 June 2024 | By invitation only

Urban-Act Regional Training 1

The Urban-Act project, funded by Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) is a multi-partner project to strengthen collaborative climate action in the Asia-Pacific across five programme countries: China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand. The focus is on enhancing the capacities of city governments to meaningfully engage in climate change dialogue, action, and implementation.

As part of an Urban-Act project output – to increase knowledge of national and city stakeholders on low-carbon and resilient urban development, climate sensitive planning and inclusive urban climate action – the Urban-Act Regional Training Programme will be delivered, congruent with the themes of the Urban-Act project. In 2024, the training programme will comprise three masterclass-style modules (one in-person, and two online), and one in-person synthesis workshop at World Urban Forum 12 in Cairo, Egypt.

The training programme will be delivered by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Melbourne Centre for Cities at the University of Melbourne, in partnership with Urban-Act partners.

 

The key objectives of the training programme are to:

  • Increase the understanding and knowledge of local, sub-national and national participants to build integrated climate action for low-carbon and resilient cities.
  • Increase the understanding of key innovations and emerging topics on action for low-carbon and resilient cities.
  • Build and enhance partnerships and relationships within the training programme cohort, Urban-Act project partners, and with relevant organizations, institutions, and experts.

The training programme is built on the knowledge that – as practitioners embedded within highly diverse and localized urban contexts – participants will have unique experiences and in-depth ‘day to day’ familiarity with climate impacts, mitigation strategies, and innovative coping and adaptation mechanisms.

12 Jun 2024
08:00
09:00
Meet and Greet/Registration

Meet and Greet

09:00
09:30
Formal Welcome and Introduction to the Urban-Act Training Programme

Formal welcome and introduction to participants of the Urban-Act Regional Training Programme:

  • Mr. Johannes Kerner, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Germany in Thailand
  • Mr. Curt Garrigan, Chief, Sustainable Urban Development Section, ESCAP
  • Ms. Cathy Oke, Director, Melbourne Centre for Cities, University of Melbourne
09:30
10:45
Introductory Activity and Course Outline
  • Learning and capstone project overview
  • Skills exercise and baseline survey input
  • World Café on Climate ‘themes’

Objectives:

a) Familiarization with cohort participants’ responsibilities, roles, and content expertise

b) City profiling: priorities, assets, challenges

10:45
11:15
Morning Tea/Coffee Break

Provided by Urban-Act

11:15
13:00
Masterclass 1: Cities in the Multi-Lateral Climate Governance System
  • High-level overview of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Cities
  • Reflection and contextualization activity

Objectives:

c) Understanding of the structure of multilateral climate governance

d) Ability to identify relevant entry points for city actors into negotiations, global policy platforms, and ‘soft’ diplomacy avenues

13:00
14:00
Lunch

Provided by Urban-Act

14:00
15:30
Local-National Matchmaking Activity: City-level Climate Action Differences, Barriers, Advantages, and Co-Benefits
  • Thematic national/local paired activity & participant presentation
  • Capstone Drafting: Climate Governance

Objectives:

e) Contextualised awareness of national/local climate action approaches & motives

f) Capacity to model city-specific climate governance and identify external planning and policy levers

15:30
16:30
Introductory Lecture on Chulalongkorn Centenary Park

Introduction to the innovative and award-winning Chulalongkorn Centenary Park by its design firm

  • Ms. Kotchakorn Voraakhom, Chief Executive Officer, Land process, and Chairwoman of Climate Change Working Group, International Federation of Landscape Architects

Followed by transit to site-visit, provided by GIZ Thailand

16:30
17:30
Site Visit to Chulalongkorn Centenary Park

Site visit to innovative Chulalongkorn Centenary Park, designed to face Bangkok’s climate change challenges and as an activated green community space.

Objectives:

g) Capacity to identify intersectional climate resilience attributes in applied urban interventions

h) Able to assess urban intervention transferability between urban contexts

17:30
18:30
Travel to Dinner Venue

Travel to Dinner, provided by GIZ Thailand

18:30
19:15
Check-in at ASIATIQUE The Riverfront Warehouse
19:15
21:15
Chaophraya River Dinner Cruise

Departing from ASIATIQUE Pier

13 Jun 2024
08:30
09:00
Arrival

Lightly Catered

09:00
09:30
Capstone Project Overview

Introduction to modular urban climate project proposal development process.

Objectives: Written overview to be provided to participants

 

09:30
11:00
Masterclass 2: Designing an urban climate initiative – tools, timeframes, targets, and trade-offs
  • Climate science fundamentals overview
  • Expert Panel Presentation and Q&A
  • Mobile device recap: key concepts, local reflections and capstone refinement

Objectives:

i) In-depth understanding of climate fundamentals and key terminology (mitigation, adaptation, resilience, risk, vulnerability, etc.)

j) Familiarisation with project-level challenges, nuances, and impact measures

11:00
11:30
Morning Tea/Coffee Break

Provided by Urban-Act

11:30
13:00
Masterclass 3: Leveraging City Networks for Climate Action
  • City Network Leaders Panel and Q&A
  • City network climate data and learning demonstrations (drawing on the 2023 Future of Asian and Pacific Cities Report)
  • Climate data quiz – making your city count (online guided activity)

Objectives:

k) Awareness of the diversity, role, and intersection of city networks and their history of engaging in climate action

l) Ability to draw on city-network climate action datasets, contribute data, and engage with learning platforms

13:00
14:00
Lunch

Provided by Urban-Act

14:00
15:15
Capstone Design Activity
  • Structured online brainstorming session
  • Group presentation development

Objectives: City to develop 3-minute presentations ‘pitching’ an initial capstone project concept

15:45
16:30
City-Level Presentations – Learning Overview and Capstone Concepts

Live audience online feedback and presentations will be recorded for feedback.

16:30
17:00
Virtual Sessions and Building to WUF12

Including feedback survey

17:00
18:00
Closing Remarks and Networking, Cocktail Reception

Reception Hall

for more information, please contact

Sustainable Urban Development Section [email protected]
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