The UNDP NDC support programme, implemented by the National Climate Change Programme (NCCP) of the ministry of environment in the Cote d'Ivoire, showed remarkable involvement in the first edition of FORAVID (African Forum on Sustainable Cities) held from 20 to 21 May 2019 at the CRRAE-UMOA in Abidjan - Plateau. The programme’s commitment to FORAVID's vision was reflected not only by the presence of its team at the forum, but also by their brilliant intervention in one of the many sessions of the event.

"Planning local development with a territorial climate plan", is the theme that UNDP's NDC support programme contributed to through the voice of Miss Liadé Marie Sylvie, technical assistant at the NCCP in charge of component 2 of the NDC support programme which focuses on training government officials in structuring projects aligned with the requirements of climate finance.

This theme resonated with local elected officials for whom local development planning is an imperative if they want to move towards sustainable cities. "Sustainable development cannot be achieved without strategic planning," said Ms. Liadé.
The speaker also highlighted Côte d'Ivoire's vulnerability to the effects of climate change such as floods, coastal erosion and drought, which sometimes cause bushfires.

According to her, it is almost impossible to move towards greener and less polluting cities in this context. That is why Côte d'Ivoire has decided to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2030. "To address these various environmental challenges, action must be taken and that starts with developing a climate plan," she said.

She added that it is important for each territory to develop its climate plan according to the realities, vulnerabilities and conditions facing the locality. The development of the climate plan is a territorial sustainable development undertaking whose primary purpose is to fight climate change through mitigation and adaptation. "The climatic hazards we face in the north are completely different from those in the south," she explained.

It is clear that the territorial climate plan recommended by the NDC support programme aims to provide a local response to the environmental and economic challenges posed by global warming. Ensuring the sustainable development of our communities, in accordance with FORAVID's vision.

Initiated by the Afrique Green Side agency and the NGO AMISTAD, FORAVID is an annual event that aims to create a space for meetings and opportunities between actors who are interested in the future of cities in Africa. This first edition was organized around the theme: "Living well in the city in Africa".

The UNDP NDC Support Programme is funded by the European Commission, and the Governments of Germany and Spain, and works in contribution to the NDC Partnership. The Programme in Côte d’Ivoire sponsored the 2019 African Forum on Sustainable Cities (Forum Africain des Villes Durables -FORAVID) in Abidjan where it took the stage to present how the programme will support local climate action. The article was written by Georges Kouassi of Afrique Green Side and translated in English by Catherine Diam-Valla, UNDP. The original French version is accessible here.

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