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BtG was an active participant at WUF 7, held from 5-11 April 2014 in Medellín, Colombia. In a networking event, organised on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), experts from different countries and sectors discussed the question: ‘how NAMAs contribute to sustainable urban development’.

In a discussion hosted by Mr. Konrad von Ritter (GIZ) the panellists (Mrs. Janet de Luna Jimenez, Mr. Carlosfelipe Pardo, Mr. Sithole Mbanga, Mr. Johannes Frommann) provided an excellent diversity of views and experience, ranging from national to local government perspectives, and input from political representatives and technical experts. The experiences from four BMUB funded NAMAs developments show that in certain sectors, the involvement of subnational governments, municipalities as well as the Provinces or State level is necessary to tap the full mitigation potential of transport.

NAMA processes can serve as learning platforms for complex sector reforms. However it was also noted that incentives are necessary to attract cities to engage in achieving national voluntary climate targets, empowering cities to raise their own fund. This can address and compensate risks which mayors and other political decision makers have taken to pioneer low carbon development solutions.
Carlosfelipe Pardo highlighted the importance of sustainable transport using the example of the Indonesian Sustainable Urban Transport Program.

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