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URBAN PATHWAYS: Supporting Low Carbon Plans for Urban Basic Services in the context of the New Urban Agenda

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

The URBAN PATHWAYS project helps delivering on the Paris Agreement and the NDCs in the context of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. It establishes a facility to support national and local governments to develop action plans and concrete implementation measures to boost low-carbon urban development. The project develops national action plan and local implementation concepts in key emerging economies with a high mitigation potential (India, Brazil, Kenya, Vietnam). The plans include an assessment of the political, technological, socio-economic and financial viability. The local implementation concepts will be developed into bankable projects, focusing on the access to urban basic services to create a direct link between climate change mitigation and sustainable development goals. This process will then be replicated regionally with policy development and implementation support and advice on stakeholder engagement and financing mechanisms. 

State of implementation/results

  • Kick-Off Conference in October 2017 in Berlin:
  • 100 participants from 30 countries incl. presentation from the four pilot cities Belo Horizonte, Hanoi, Nairobi und Cochin
  • Side Event at German Pavilion during COP23 in Bonn
  • Several Events organised during the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur 02/2018

Project data

Brazil, India, Kenya, Vietnam

Implementing organisation:

Partner institution(s):
  • City of Belo Horizonte, Corporation of Cochin - India, Energy Regulation Commission Kenya, Ministry of Cities Brazil, Ministry of Environment - Brazil, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) - Viet Nam, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - India, Ministry of Transport - Viet Nam," Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development"," Nairobi City County (Water, Energy, Forestry, Environment and Natural Resources) - Kenya", National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) ,Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH (Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH) - Germany

BMU grant:
3.499.544,30 €

10/2017  till  10/2021


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