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Our Programs on Cities and Climate Change

The Europe and Central Asia Cities & Climate Change Program

The ECA Cities and Climate Change (ECA C&CC) Program is a World Bank program that aims to support countries in Europe and Central Asia to address urban climate change mitigation and adaptation challenges — thereby facilitating alignment of the Bank’s urban operations with the Paris Agreement. The program has two components: Component 1 focuses on providing technical assistance to client countries in preparing and implementing urban climate mitigation and adaptation investments, and Component 2 focuses on supporting knowledge exchange and sharing to inform lending operations on urban climate mitigation and adaptation.


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City Climate Finance Gap Fund

The City Climate Finance Gap Fund (Gap Fund) helps cities in developing and emerging countries realize their climate ambitions, turning low-carbon, climate-resilient ideas into strategies and finance-ready projects.


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SURGE is a multi-donor global Umbrella Program that supports governments and local authorities to address challenges stemming from rapid urbanization and unequal regional development processes to build livable, inclusive, competitive, low-carbon and resilient cities and regions. SURGE has five thematic pillars that have proven to be effective vehicles to channel operational and technical support to World Bank teams and clients: 1. City Management, Governance, and Financing; 2. Territorial and Spatial Development; 3. Sustainable and Climate-Smart Cities; 4. Urban Poverty and Housing; and 5. Urban and Regional Resilience. The program delivers results through knowledge creation and innovation, capacity building and training, supporting finance mobilization and stakeholder collaboration and knowledge sharing.


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City Planning Labs

City Planning Labs (CPL) is a Technical Assistance program of the World Bank which aims to strengthen the capacity of local governments to use geospatial intelligence for undertaking data-driven planning and urban management. CPL assists cities by developing scalable and replicable tools that turn data into information and insights, while supporting the institutionalization and mainstreaming of data governance frameworks. CPL's foundational interventions create an enabling environment for geospatial innovations, while helping partner cities deliver more efficiently on their core functions.


Global Platform for Sustainable Cities

GPSC is a partnership and knowledge platform that promotes integrated solutions and cutting-edge support for cities seeking to improve their urban sustainability.  Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), GPSC works with practitioners and thought leaders from around the world to develop solutions for sustainable urban growth.


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Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

GFDRR helps communities and countries reduce risk, prepare for, and recover from disasters by integrating disaster risk management and climate change adaptation into development strategies and programs. Through these actions, GFDRR supports countries to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement.


City Resilience Program

The City Resilience Program (CRP) supports cities across three main thematic areas: Planning for Resilience focuses on providing technical support to ensure that capital investment plans are risk informed. Finance for Resilience zeros in on capital mobilization around urban resilience. Partnership for Resilience concentrates on advocacy and convening global expertise. Together, these three thematic areas are key to helping cities address the resilience challenges of the future. 


Global Programs on Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Resilience

The Global Program on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for Climate Resilience is a cross-sectoral effort at the World Bank Group with a mission to increase investments in solutions that integrate and strengthen natural systems across regions and sectors. By providing operational support, developing targeted knowledge and tools, and forging strategic partnerships, the program aims to lead a shift away from conventional, often gray-infrastructure approaches for addressing climate resilience.  


Resilient Infrastructure

Resilient Infrastructure brings together sectoral specialists and DRM experts. Through this thematic area, GFDRR supports national and local governments, infrastructure owners and operators to mitigate disaster risk throughout the lifecycle of infrastructure assets. This is done by improving operations management practices, mitigating exposure of planned infrastructure, prioritizing disaster risk management investments based on risk mapping, increasing access to disaster resilient design standards, strengthening asset maintenance, and developing policy and institutional frameworks for infrastructure emergency preparedness and business continuity.


Building Regulation for Resilience

Building Regulation for Resilience promotes activities to improve regulatory system for a safe, green, healthy and inclusive built environment. The services focus on building regulatory frameworks, enhancing capacity and promoting knowledge exchange.