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UNDP Working On Risk-Informed Urban Infrastructure Development In Face Of Climate Change

UNDP: Our cities are on the frontline of changing climate
In this blog post, Jan Kellett, adviser on climate change and disaster risk reduction at the UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, discusses the risks that climate change poses to the world’s largest cities, as many are located in coastal areas. He notes, “[W]ith population growth comes massive needs in terms of infrastructure, with estimates that governments will have to spend more than U.S.$70 trillion on critical areas like road and rail transport telecommunications, water, and energy before 2030. … The critical message is that urban infrastructure will only be sustainable if it is risk-informed. Without this, many, not just a few, will be ‘left behind’ come 2030” (2/12).

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