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GPSC Global Online Series 2021 - Greater Than Parts: A Metropolitan Opportunity

"Struggles and successes that cities in developing countries have while planning, financing, and implementing integrated urban solutions."

The report Greater Than Parts: A Metropolitan Opportunity shares how developing and emerging economies are successfully utilizing integrated approaches extending well beyond city boundaries to deliver greater sustainability. An overview of the report’s nine diverse metropolitan case studies is provided, along with a selection of their urban innovations focusing on horizontal integration—across multiple infrastructure sectors and systems. The session discusses the report’s key analyses, derived models, its principles, and guiding questions to provoke and inspire action by cities.

Cities are the source of over 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, while also being the engines of the global economy, concentrating more than half the world’s population. Earth is on a trajectory of warming more than 1.5°C unless important decarbonizing steps are taken. Often policymakers prescribe integration as the solution to steering urbanization towards decarbonization to achieve greater global and local environmental benefits. The report launch event shares some of the struggles—and successes—that cities in developing countries are having in planning, financing, and implementing integrated urban solutions.

Greater Than Parts was led by the World Bank’s Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC), with contributions from the World Resources Institute (WRI), and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the case study of Dammam. This session aims to provide a diverse and inspiring overview of urban integrated approaches with shared knowledge and lessons learned that benefit policymakers and practitioners.

About the Presenters

Xueman Wang

Senior Urban Specialist and GPSC Coordinator, World Bank

Xueman Wang is the coordinator of the Cities and Climate Change group of the World Bank. She leads the World Bank’s Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) as well as the work on the design of the International Energy Efficiency Facility to promote green bonds. She was a team leader for the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness – a global program for supporting countries to prepare and implement carbon pricing schemes such as emissions trading and carbon tax. She has played a critical role in helping China develop a national carbon market and was part of the core team that set up the largest carbon fund in the world in 2007. She was one of the lead authors for the World Bank flagship report 2010 World Development Report –“Development and Climate Change.” Prior to joining the World Bank, she was with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada, working on biosafety, and trade and environment. Before that, she worked at the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, where she was responsible for climate negotiations and the compliance regime. Prior to the UN, she worked with the Chinese government on a range of issues including China Agenda 21, climate change, and desertification. She was a member of the Climate Change Council of the Global Agenda of the World Economic Forum (2012 to 2014). She earned Master of Laws degrees at Wuhan University (Wuhan, China) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.

Shagun Mehrotra

Senior Advisor for Policy and Research, WRI

Shagun Mehrotra is a Senior Advisor for Policy and Research at the Coalition for Urban Transitions at WRI. He is responsible for ensuring the high quality of knowledge products and leading engagements with governments and key partners, in particular for the Coalition’s COP26 global flagship report. Shagun provides technical leadership and guidance on the portfolio of country and global policy programs and supports the Coalition’s overall implementation of a new and expanded suite of country engagements. Over the last two decades, his work has focused on climate change, cities, infrastructure, transport, water, and energy. Prior to joining WRI, Shagun was a Senior Urban Specialist at the World Bank where he worked on sustainable cities. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development at The New School, New York, and a faculty fellow at Columbia University. He served on the IPCC as a Lead Author for the special report on impacts of 1.5-degree warming and has published books on climate change and cities with Cambridge University Press and on infrastructure economics with Oxford University Press. Shagun holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. He has a Master of Science in Urban Environmental Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India.

Myriam Ababsa

Social Geographer, Ifpo (French Institute of the Near East)

Myriam Ababsa is a social geographer, associate researcher at the French Institute for the Near East (Ifpo Amman) and at CNRS Géographie-Cités, Paris 7. Her work focuses on public development policies, decentralization, and housing policies at regional and urban levels in the Middle East (Jordan, Syria, and Palestine). A former student of ENS Fontenay (1993), she holds a Ph.D. from Tours University on land issues in Raqqa (2004, published at Ifpo 2009). She is the editor of the “Atlas of Jordan” (Ifpo 2013). She has co-directed “Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East. Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey”, The American University in Cairo Press (2012), and with Rami Daher published “Villes, pratiques urbaines et construction nationale en Jordanie. Cities, Urban Practices and Nation Building in Jordan (Ifpo 2011). She is the author of “Amman. De pierre et de paix”, Paris, (Autrement 2007). She is a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris Menton and ENS Lyon and also consults for the World Bank.

Beatriz Cardenas

Air Quality Director, WRI Mexico

Beatriz is the Air Quality Director at WRI Mexico and co-leads Global Air Quality at WRI. She is an expert in air pollution, with experience in both science and policy, from the study of biological processes to treat air pollutants to the design and implementation of integrated policies to achieve cleaner air. Prior to WRI, she was the General Director of Air Quality Management (2017-2018) in Mexico City's Secretary of Environment. For more than a decade, she led the air pollution experimental research area at the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change. She worked as the air quality project leader at Centro Mario Molina in Mexico City and the Director of Air Quality at the Megalopolis Environmental Commission for Mexico’s central region. Beatriz has co-authored papers and has participated in several research projects, including major field campaigns in Mexico City Metropolitan Area with the National Researcher System as a National Researcher Level 1, and as a research candidate. She was the Mexican Delegate at the IPCC bureau and CCAC, and a country expert in the Stockholm Convention Experts Group and the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Beatriz was a Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received an MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. She is a Biochemical Engineer (Autonomous Metropolitan University), an alumni of Lead Mexico (Cohort 10), and holds a degree in Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva.

Wiwandari Handayani

Associate Professor, Diponegoro University

Wiwandari Handayani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering at Diponegoro University, where she is the Head of the Center for Urban and Regional Resilience Research (CURE) and a founding board member of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Center. In parallel to these roles, she has been the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of Semarang, Indonesia for the Global Resilient Cities Network since 2015 and the Head of the research division in the Initiative for Urban Climate Change and Environment (IUCCE) since 2014. Her research focuses on urban and regional resilience, mostly in the context of disaster risk management, climate adaptation, and governance. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning (UNDIP), a Master’s degrees in urban and regional planning (ITB) and population studies (ANU-Australia), and holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Stuttgart in Regional Development Planning.

Joanna Masic

Global Lead for Sustainable City Infrastructure and Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank

Joanna Masic, a British national, is a Lead Urban Specialist and Global Lead for the World Bank’s Sustainable City Infrastructure and Services Global Solutions Group. Since 2017, she has worked in the Europe and Central Asia region where she worked in Turkey scaling up the Sustainable Cities Series of Projects and developing a program of lending and analytics on urban and infrastructure resilience. In Bulgaria, she also led advisory engagements on regional development and territorial decarbonization. Prior to her career at the World Bank, she worked at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and was a consultant to the UK Government Taskforce on Environment to Serbia following the NATO bombing. Joanna holds an MSc in Environmental Epidemiology and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MA in Environmental Science and Geography from the University of Dundee. She is a chartered member of the UK Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Management and a Chartered Scientist (UK Science Council).

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