Cities, climate change and MDBs: cooperation, action and delivery


Date: 11 November 2021

Time: 12.15 – 13.15 PM UK-time

Link: watch the livestream here


Cities sit at the vanguard of our global ability to address climate change. While just over half of the world’s population is urban today, more than two-thirds will live in cities by 2050. Simultaneously, cities represent just under three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions. The expected, unprecedented growth in urban areas across the globe represents an opportunity to reshape our infrastructure and economies to decouple urban expansion and productivity from emissions and resource consumption.


COP26 represents a moment for all invested parties to increase their climate ambitions as part of the Paris Agreement, with cities being an essential component in that movement. Over the next three decades, all of our systems from the energy we generate, to our food, to our means of transport and the goods we make and consume will need to align under common goals to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The good news is that many of the technologies and policies needed to achieve the 2050 goals are available today, but finance needs to be mobilized at a global scale to ensure a successful transition to a net-zero and resilient future.


Multilateral Development Banks can play an essential role in mobilising finance to support climate action in cities and realise the goals of the Paris Agreement. This side event will present the actions MDBs are taking to support meaningful investments for urban decarbonisation and resilience across the globe. The event will highlight the collaboration between MDBs, with the public and private sector, and with CSOs to enable impactful change in cities. Last, the event will highlight the investment and impact goals for cities each MDB has agreed to deliver.



Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director, Climate Policy Initiative, CPI



Stephen O’Driscoll, Head of Environment, Climate and Social Policy, European Investment Bank, EIB 



Manoj Sharma, Chief of Urban Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank, ADB

Stefan Atchia, Manager Urban Development Division, African Development Bank, AfDB

Lin O’Grady, Associate Director, Co-Lead EBRD Green Cities, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD

Tatiana Gallego, Division Chief, Urban Development and Housing Division, Inter-American Development Bank, IaDB

Vivek Pathak, Global Head and Director of Climate Business, International Finance Corporation, IFC

Daouda Ndiaye, OIC Head of Climate Change Practice, Islamic Development Bank, IsDB

Sameh Wahba, Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank


EBRD is at COP26. The full programme of events is available here.

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