Local politicians in the South sometimes regard climate-related issues as being secondary to socioeconomic development issues. Even when they are convinced of the interest of a local climate strategy, they are afraid that such a strategy will not be accepted, especially by communities in a precarious social position. Are climate and social issues really distinct? Can a local climate strategy be established without taking account of social issues, such as the integration of informal or poor neighborhoods? Conversely, can an urban development strategy ignore climate issues? Is it possible to reconcile urban resilience, low-carbon cities and the fight against poverty?
“I will be moderating the iD4D conference on this topic on 27 September in Nantes, during the Ecocity World Summit on Sustainable Cities. I welcome your ideas and questions, which you can post on the iD4D blog until 25 September. I will be using them to lead the debate. Thank you in advance for your contributions!”
Emmanuelle Bastide, journalist at RFI