WCC 2016 Res 029 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa, NPC ( ICLEI Africa ) / Germany
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management 2017-2020 (CEM)
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas 2017-2020 (WCPA)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
ICOMOS, Stockholm Resilience Center, UN-Habitat, European Commission, NRG4SD, CBD Secretariat, WHO
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Convene stakeholders/Networking
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
A brainstorming session on the implementation of the resolution was organized in London in January 2017, by the Chair of the WCPA Urban Specialist Group. Several Members of this Group were present at this meeting. In March 2017 and June 2017, Jonathan Hughes participated respectively in the Salzburg Global Seminar Session, the Child in the City and the Eco-Forum in China to raise awareness for the Urban Alliance. In August 2017, Chantal van Ham, EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions and focal point for IUCNs collaboration with local and regional governments, prepared a list with key contacts in IUCNs constituency that focus on the urban agenda, and Jonathan Hughes sent an update to these contacts with attached a concept paper with initial ideas on the strategic goals of the IUCN Urban Alliance focusing on IUCN’s strength as a global convenor, its strength as an innovator in the nature based-solutions space, and IUCNs track record in producing globally respected and impactful knowledge products, tools and standards. The concept paper also explained how development of the governance of the Urban Alliance might be taken forward in the coming months. The Urban Task Force (UTF) of IUCN Council had its first meeting in November 2017 and had a positive and informed discussion on the draft vision and goals (see attached) of the Urban Alliance. Chantal van Ham presented an overview of the urban activities of IUCN to date. The Task Force made the following recommendations to Council: 1. Council approves the appointment of Jonathan Hughes as Chair of the Urban Alliance. 2. Council endorses the vision and goals for the Urban Alliance as prepared by the Urban Task Force 3. Council requests UTF, in line with its Terms of Reference, to select members of the Urban Alliance Steering Group, to develop a Terms of Reference for the Urban Alliance and to organise the inaugural meeting in early 2018 (budget required)
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
Lack of funding and capacity for implementation of the resolution, slows down the implementation
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
As outcome of the Urban Task Force meeting in November 2017, the following actions have been listed: 1. UTF will draw up a list of candidates and a draft TOR for the Urban Alliance steering group, consisting of representatives of Commissions, Members, Specialist Groups, Secretariat. 2. UTF will organise the first meeting of the Urban Alliance early in 2018 if a modest budget can be mobilised
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
Initiated: first stages of implementation
Additional information
Are these actions planned for yet: