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Durban shares its climate change journey at the ICMA annual conference
​Officials from the City shared eThekwini’s climate
change journey at the international cities management
annual conference.

DURBAN’S reputation of being a global leader in climate change adaptation received a boost when the City shared its climate change journey at the International Cities Management Association’s (ICMA) annual conference held from 23 to 26 September.

The objective of the conference held under the theme “Unite: A Digital Event” which was hosted virtually, is to bring local government professionals from around the world together to learn from each other and address the new realities of different communities.

Climate Protection Branch Senior Manager within the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, Dr Sean O’Donoghue was one of the speakers participating in the Climate Change and Resilience session, where local governments shared challenges faced, innovative solutions as well as action plans that have been developed as climate adaptation responses.

O’Donoghue said partaking in the conference provided the City with an opportunity to update the
organisation with whom the City has had a fruitful working relationship, on the progress made thus far in climate response. “The City, through the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC), has had a long and rewarding relationship with the ICMA, which funded the first city-to-city learning exchanges, which
led to the development of the DAC Hub and Compact approach.

This approach has continued, realising many such exchanges between Durban and African cities over the past six years. Durban’s participation in the conference provides an opportunity to update members of the organisation of the progress that has been made since those early days.

This significantly boosts Durban’s climate change adaptation reputation as a global leader in the field,” he explained. During the conference, attendees were also treated to exciting activities including a music concert, caricature art and Bollywood dancing.

nonhlanhla.mkhabela@durban.gov.za

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