Unlocking Transformative Finance for Cities and Communities: The Cities Investment Facility at the World Urban Forum 2022
Tuesday 28 June 2022, 14h00 – 18h00 GMT+2; Spodek, WUF11 Venue
Join UN-Habitat and UNCDF at the Cities Investment Fair and Project Showcase, organised by the Cities Investment Facility in the margins of the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum, to be held on Tuesday 28 June in Katowice, Poland.
The Cities Investment Fair seeks to mobilize financing for sustainable development by connecting project preparation facilities and investors with SDG-aligned projects in emerging and frontier markets. The Fair facilitates knowledge sharing among cities and enables participating local governments to present their priority climate infrastructure projects to an eminent panel of project preparation providers and investors. The format will be a brief live pitch of projects by participating governments followed by an interactive moderated discussion with investors and experts on the opportunities presented.
The Cities Investment Facility Project Showcase seeks to promote awareness of the value proposition of the Cities Investment Facility to investors, donors, project preparation facilities and local governments by presenting case studies of SDG-aligned projects in emerging and frontier markets. The Project Showcase facilitates knowledge sharing among cities and enables participating local governments to demonstrate how the Cities Investment Facility have helped them to incorporate sustainable strategies, to increase the alignment of projects with the Sustainable Development Goals, and to improve the feasibility and bankability of their projects for investment. The format will be a brief live showcase of projects by participating governments, highlighting how the Cities Investment Facility has supported their project development over the last time. It will be followed by an Interactive Panel Discussion around “Sustainable Urban Development through Private Financing with Blended Finance Strategies”, featuring the main implementing partners of the Cities Investment Facility to highlight their role and expertise in each of its rungs, as well as answering questions from the audience.
The theme of WUF11, “Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future”, will provide greater insights and clarity on the future of cities based on existing trends, challenges and opportunities, as well as suggest ways cities can be better prepared to address future pandemics and a wide range of other shocks.