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Challenges of Urban Transition Remain

Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The success of the Paris Agreement will depend on how soon the countries whose emissions have peaked achieve zero-emission levels; and how China, India and other developing countries define their urban future. It will also depend on developing a common understanding of whether technological changes alone will suffice and come quickly enough to meet the world's huge and growing need for energy, transportation, food, buildings and goods within a reframed urban transition.

Global polocy shifts, like the Paris Agreement, are best assessed after the heat and dust of the negotiations have settled.

The agreement marks the emergence of a new form of multilateralism where state and non-state actors will together support a global transformation. It also shifts the global concern away from the sole focus of the climate convention on emissions’ reductions, which is really the symptom of the problem, to dealing with its causes, like the human activities of the urban transition.

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