Cities are the biggest polluters of our time

Joan Clos

Joan Clos

The world’s towns and cities are the biggest polluters of our time, according to a new report by the UN’s Human Settlement Programme or UN-HABITAT.

They account for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions and yet they only occupy 2% of the Earth’s surface.

Still, cities have an important role to play in curbing emissions, a role that most governments underestimate.

Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN HABITAT, Dr. Joan Clos, spoke to Jocelyne Sambira about the main findings of the report and how it can be used as a starting point for cities that want to go green.

Duration: 3’21”

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