In cooperation with Malmö Universitet, the Sustainability Research & Policy Network (SRPN) is pleased to announce the Innovative Approaches; Climate Change Resilience in Urban Environments; Final Symposium of the Resilience in Urban Sudan (RUS 2023) Project eJournal. This eJournal is available to all subscribers at no charge and contains abstracts of the meeting papers.

Urbanisation is a dominant demographic trend of global land transformation with climate change greatly affecting urban livelihoods and habitats. There is a clear need for innovative approaches to better understand climate change resilience, social cohesion, and mobility in urban areas situated at the frontlines of climate change impact. Sustainable Development Goal 11, also known as the Urban SDG (USDG), is focused on how urban communities can build resilience and social cohesion to help mitigate climate change, develop climate action, and adapt to increasingly challenging climate change conditions in urban areas.

The concept of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus was developed to better understand protracted conflicts, forced displacement, and intense environmental hazards, all contributing to a cycle of vulnerability. In addition, Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, demonstrated a close linkage between good governance, sustainable management of resources, and peace; the Democracy-Environment-Peace nexus. In many cases, local knowledge on how to mitigate and adapt to climate change and become more resilient is already present and being implemented on community level.

Within these broad areas of enquiry, the final symposium of the MaU-led Resilience in Urban Sudan (RUS) research project took place at Malmö University on 25-26 August 2022. This event, with the participation of scholars, researchers, PhD students, practitioners, policy makers, civil society, and NGO representatives, aimed to contribute to scientific production on innovative approaches to climate change resilience and governance in urban areas of the Global South and Sweden. This symposium also gave the opportunity to exchange knowledge with a delegation of eminent Sudanese researchers involved in the RUS project.

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