Cities IPCC Conference: a break through for local and regional governments in the fight against climate change

The IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference is expected to take place from 5 to 7 March 2018 in Edmonton, Canada. UCLG, together with ICLEI, C40, Cities Alliance, UN-Habitat, UN-Environment and other partner institutions, is co-organizing this conference that aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change.

The Cities IPCC Conference is a vital moment for local and regional governments as for the first time the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the leading international body for assessing the science related to climate change – has acknowledged the vital role of cities in tackling the effects of climate change.

The primary goal of the conference is to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, and to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner and urban policy-making communities.

Conference Themes

The Conference includes plenary sessions, workshops and side events and is divided in four themes:

  • Cities & climate change (Imperatives for action)
  • Urban emissions, impacts and vulnerabilities (Science and practice of cities)
  • Solutions for the transition to low carbon and climate resilient cities (Science and practice for cities)
  • Enabling transformative climate action in cities (advancing science and advancing cities)

[You will find the programme of the conference here]

Prior to the event, on 3-4 March, the City of Edmonton together with the Global Covenant of Mayors is hosting a Global Mayors Summit. The summit will be an opportunity for mayors from around the world to discuss the critical next steps for combating climate change.

[Further information on the Global Mayors Summit is available here]

Local and regional governments in the race against climate change

Local and regional governments, especially in cities, are often on the frontline of dealing with the effects of climate change. It is imperative that our capacities to deal with climate related hazards and natural disasters are strengthened so that we can protect our communities, particularly the most vulnerable.

UCLG have been deeply involved in the climate negotiations and have a along standing history in combatting climate change and of raising awareness on the impact of climate change on cities and their inhabitants.

The Cities IPCC conference will put the focus on cities and local and regional governments recognizing us as key players in fighting climate change, paying special attention to adaptation and mitigation opportunities.

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