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Global research agenda on cities and climate change takes off in Incheon

At its 48th plenary session in Incheon, South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the leading international body mandated to assess climate change – approved the Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science, the primary outcome of CitiesIPCC, the first-of-its-kind Cities and Climate Change Science conference in Edmonton, Canada this past March.

This Research and Action Agenda, co-developed with all 700 CitiesIPCC participants, is a global blueprint to better understand climate change and its relationship to cities, as well as the breadth of knowledge needed to support the research community, decision-makers at all levels and urban practitioners in tackling climate challenges. The outcomes of this multi-year work will inform the IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change to be released around 2023 as part of 7th IPCC Assessment Report.

ICLEI has been actively involved in global efforts around CitiesIPCC since 2016. ICLEI has advocated a stronger cities research agenda at IPCC plenaries took part in selecting the CitiesIPCC conference host city and played a lead role on the Scientific Steering and Organizing Committees.

“In deciding to co-sponsor a global conference on cities and adopt its main outcome, the IPCC is a sending a clear signal around the importance of sustainable urban and territorial development and the role of local and regional governments in achieving the 1.5-degree Paris target,” says Maryke van Staden, Director of the ICLEI carbonn Center and one of the authors of the Global Research and Action Agenda. “This move will strengthen evidence-based, science-driven action in cities and help reach global goals by raising national ambitions through climate action involving all levels of government.”

ICLEI supports the Global Research and Action Agenda by contributing to the Innovate4Cities initiative developed by the Global Covenant of Mayors and will convene a regular dialogue on science, policy and practice as part of the United Nations Climate Change conference held annually in Bonn. This dialogue ensures national climate negotiators engage in implementation of the Global Research and Action Agenda. The first dialogue is planned to be held in June 2019, back-to-back with the Resilient Cities congress in 2019.


Read the original CitiesIPCC press release here.

Read more about our work on CitiesIPCC:

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