Transformative Urban Coalitions: Catalysing Urban Partnerships to Drive Systemic Transformation Towards Sustainability

New models of urban coalitions building and governance will be facilitated through catalyst projects, capacity building and the use of art in five Urban Labs in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Transformative research will support and analyse the process to arrive at lessons that can be replicated elsewhere.

Project Lead:
Christian von Haldenwang

Project Team:
Michael Roll

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Time frame:
2021 - 2023 / ongoing

Co-operation Partner:

United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), World Resources Institute (WRI), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Project description

Cities account for 75 per cent of global carbon emissions. Achieving global emission goals therefore requires city leadership. However, successful decarbonisation can only be sustainable if it is socially just. The necessary transformation has to go beyond technical solutions and requires holistic approaches and buy-in from diverse stakeholders and citizens. To facilitate these approaches in a highly urbanised region - Latin America - new models of urban coalition building and urban governance are necessary. This project will support building such coalitions by implementing catalyst projects in five Urban Labs in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Transformative research, capacity building activities and tailored communication strategies will facilitate this process. The project will also use film and art to inspire new narratives of attractive and sustainable urban futures. The emerging models of urban coalitions and governance will be analysed and replicated in other cities and countries and will ultimately be fed into international discussions about urban sustainability transformations.