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Hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and partners of the WRI Ross Center UrbanShift project, this event will showcase ongoing efforts to leverage nature-based approaches as a response to the climate crisis. We’ll hear from national and local leaders, as well as experts from the UrbanShift global platform, on how to harness the power of nature and nature-based solutions to build a sustainable urban future where both people and planet can thrive. This event will also mark the launch of the inaugural UrbanShift annual report.


  • Maryke van Staden, Director of ICLEI’s carbonn Climate Center, ICLEI 
  • Susan Gardner, Director Ecosystems Division, UN Environment Programme  
  • Aloke Barnwal, Coordinator, Sustainable Cities Program, Global Environment Facility  
  • Rogier van den Berg, Acting Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities 
  • Dr. Leila Benali, Ministre de la Transition Énergétique et du Développement Durable, Royaume du Maroc
  • Franz Tattenbach Capra, Ministro de Ambiente y Energía, Costa Rica (TBC) 
  • Gifti Nadi, Deputy Regional Director for Africa, C40 
  • Mauricio Rodas, Former Mayor of Quito, Ecuador, and Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Lin O'Grady, Deputy Head, Sustainable Infrastructure Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)