TUC City Profile: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Guerra, Flávia, Merlinsky, Gabriela, Hardoy, Jorgelina, Kozak, Daniel, Roll, Michael, Melina, Tobías and Pereira, Pablo (2022). TUC City Profile: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Transformative Urban Coalitions City Profiles. UNU-EHS.

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  • Author Guerra, Flávia
    Merlinsky, Gabriela
    Hardoy, Jorgelina
    Kozak, Daniel
    Roll, Michael
    Melina, Tobías
    Pereira, Pablo
    Title TUC City Profile: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Series Title Transformative Urban Coalitions City Profiles
    Volume/Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2022-11
    Place of Publication Bonn
    Publisher UNU-EHS
    Pages 20
    Language eng
    Abstract While it is the jurisdiction with the highest per capita gross domestic product (GDP) in Argentina, there are historically marked differences in socioeconomic levels and socio-environmental conditions between the north and the south of the city of Buenos Aires. The effects of climate change are intertwined with those of economic globalization, a process of “double exposure” that disproportionately affects particular social groups and areas in the city. Slums and informal settlements in Buenos Aires are growing in size. Most face significant resource and infrastructure deficits, as well as high flood risk, and are thus highly vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate. Tackling climate change in Buenos Aires requires integrated adaptation and mitigation approaches that put the most vulnerable at the centre. The ongoing socio-urban integration processes in informal settlements represent opportunities to rethink and territorialize climate action from an integrated habitat perspective. Since the early 2000s, Buenos Aires has built a robust track record of climate policy, including a climate change law and three Climate Action Plans (PACs). The city has also long been a hotbed for social movements, with a recent resurgence of “the right to the city,” defined as the right of urban dwellers to build, decide and create the city. This provides fertile ground for climate justice narratives and transformative climate action to take root. More than half of the city’s GHG emissions come from the consumption of grid electricity and fuels in buildings, mostly natural gas. Multilevel and intersectoral articulation of public policies are key to advance the climate agenda at the city level, particularly in light of limited urban authority over the electricity sector. Sustainability transformations in Buenos Aires could also be enabled by strengthening the existing capacity development efforts of particular local actors to raise climate awareness; connecting and amplifying emerging community-led initiatives that showcase transformative climate action; and clarifying financial flows as a way to stimulate climate financing.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.53324/SBPH3038
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