Future Earth at CitiesIPCC

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A large delegation from Future Earth will participate in a landmark conference addressing the latest science on cities and climate change. We will update this page on an ongoing basis.

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This March, representatives from across the Future Earth community will convene in Edmonton, Canada, to participate in a first-of-its kind conference focusing on cities and climate change. The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference (CitiesIPCC), will run from 5 to 7 March and is co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and nine partner organisations, including Future Earth.

The three-day event will draw nearly 750 researchers, city and national leaders and other urban experts from across the globe. It will explore the latest science on how the world’s cities, from São Paulo to Jakarta, are contributing to and driving action around climate change.

The conference will live stream selected events online. Watch it live and submit questions here.

Visit the official CitiesIPCC website.

Future Earth’s Urban Knowledge-Action Network, a growing global network of researchers and other urban experts and practitioners working to solve the most pressing challenges facing cities, has played a major role in shaping this meeting. Representatives of the Future Earth community will also discuss topics from green infrastructure to air pollution in sessions throughout the conference.

The CitiesIPCC partners include IPCC, Future Earth, C40, Cities Alliance, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).


Future Earth will be posting regular updates on the CitiesIPCC conference and our work on sustainable cities online. Check back regularly to learn more about the latest thinking on the future of cities.

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See a list of selected events that members of the Future Earth community are participating at the CitiesIPCC conference. To see the full programme for the conference, visit the official website.

Day 1 (5 March)      Day 2 (6 March)      Day 3 (7 March)

Day 1 (5 March)

Theme 1 Plenary: Imperatives for action

10:30 MST in Hall D

To watch this plenary, follow this link. Future Earth participants include:

Cities and the global agendas: SDGs, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda, Sendai Framework and Convention on Biological Diversity

13:00 MST, Salon 5

Future Earth participants include:

The role of city networks in supporting policy-practitioner-academia interactions

14:45 MST, Salon 10

Future Earth participants include:

Urban climate information to support decision making: from local to global

14:45 MST, Salon 12

Future Earth participants include:

Theme 2 Plenary: Science and practice of cities

16:30 MST in Hall D

This event will be live streamed. To watch this plenary and submit questions remotely, follow this link. Future Earth participants include:

Day 2 (6 March)

Mainstreaming urban governance and FEW systems towards climatic risk reduction

11:00 MST, Salon 11

Future Earth participants include:

Human health impacts of climate change

11:00 MST, Salon 5

Future Earth participants include:

Climate change and the end of consumer society

13:30 MST, Salon 12

Future Earth participants include:

Promise of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions to combat climate change

15:15 MST, Salon 8

Future Earth participants include:

Day 3 (7 March)

Informal settlements and economies: means for transformative climate action

11:00 MST, Salon 11

Governance and the challenge of 1.5C assessing modes mechanisms and manifestations of coordination in global urban climate

13:30 MST, Salon 11

Future Earth participants include:

SSC/OC led session parallel session: Enhancing data and infrastructure for urban community

15:30 MST, Salon 5

Future Earth participants include:

SSC/OC led session parallel session: Future research agenda

15:30 MST, Salon 8

Future Earth participants include: