UPDATE: Deadline extended for cities to apply to host 2018 cities and climate change conference

Marrakech, Morocco, at night. Photo: Pedro Pablo Pinacho Davidson
The deadline for cities to apply to host the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference has been extended to January 31, 2017. This key event, co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will further develop the scientific understanding of climate change and cities in support of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

To learn more about this opportunity or to apply, read the call for proposals here.

The 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), promises to be a pivotal event in developing the global understanding of cities and climate change. Cities interested in hosting the conference have until 31 January 2017 to submit their applications.

This conference was decided on by the IPCC during its last session in Bangkok in October on the same day that the New Urban Agenda was adopted in Quito. The conference is supported by a diverse group of urban and scientific organisations identified as #CitiesIPCC. They include C40, Cities Alliance, ICLEI, Future Earth, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), UN-Habitat, UN Environment and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). The conference will advance scientific investigation on climate change and cities. Its outcomes will help member states, mayors and citizens to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We are entering a new era for cities” said Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of the IPCC Working Group II. “Cities are the real opportunity to bend the curve — whether it’s on ambitious adaptation or mitigation action, they are the location where the action materialises, where the decisions on resource flows are made. In the next 20 to 50 years, all big developmental decisions will be made in cities, so we need the global scientific debate to reflect more deeply on the finer, more nuanced scale of cities. The 2018 conference on climate change science and cities will be an exciting process of policy, science and practice evolving together.”

The 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference will bring together representatives from academia, research organisations; concerned member states of the United Nations; city and regional governments; and urban and climate change practitioners. They will identify existing research and gaps and generate new data and research on climate impacts and solutions at the local level. The conference's outcomes will inform the upcoming IPCC reports and ultimately support cities and citizens to build low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable cities.

Hosting this milestone conference will be a huge opportunity to increase local awareness of climate change, and generate support for climate action in cities. It will also provide the host city a global platform to showcase their own research and new solutions to improving the social, public health and environmental life of their citizens.

#CitiesIPCC calls all cities recognized for their climate leadership to submit their proposals to host the Conference by 31 January 2017, and strongly encourages applications from the Global South.

Applications to host the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference must be sent to: citiesipcc@c40.org

For More Information:

Cities Alliance: Priscilla Ofori-Amanfo, Senior Communications Officer, pofori-amanfo@citiesalliance.org

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group: Josh Harris, Press and Communications Manager, jharris@c40.org

Future Earth: Daniel Strain, Communication Officer, daniel.strain@futureearth.org