The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

New OECD Reports: Global State of National Urban Policy & National Urban Policy Review of Viet Nam

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has released two new reports focusing on national urban policies.

Global State of National Urban Policy
Covering 150 countries, this is the first comprehensive report which monitors and evaluates National Urban Policies at the global scale, using a clearly defined common methodology that allows international benchmarking of NUP. It is also a significant contribution to the monitoring and implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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OOSKAnews Voices | Watering Down the Paris Agreement: Global Climate Policy and Revenge of the Cities

OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece John H. Matthews, co-founder and Coordinator for AGWA, describes the implications of the United States' decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The article focuses on the decision's effects on UNFCCC processes and the potential role of this withdrawal as a rallying cry for cities and other nations.

"The real question, however, is if US actions are the start of an erosion of support for the Paris Accord or, alternatively, the community of nations rallies round and doubles down.

...within the US’s hierarchies of governance, states and cities play a more important role around energy management. Especially for cities, there is a more widespread consensus of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the rate of climate change. These decision makers are close to the impacts. As a result, the US may continue to make substantial progress against national climate goals."
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