Conference Outputs

Recognizing the Importance of Cities

Recognizing the importance of cities in both mitigating and adapting to climate change, the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) included a chapter on urban adaptation to climate change (Ch. 8 of WG II – Revi et al., 2014) and a new chapter on the role for spatial planning and urban areas in mitigating climate change (Ch. 12 of WG III – Seto et al., 2014). In spite of special efforts to build an integrated assessment framework, via an indicative set of consultations between Working Groups II and III in a special meeting (Kolkata, India 2013) – the discussion of adaptation and mitigation for cities was not integrated in AR5. Thus, there are many important unanswered questions in AR5, and it is crucial to mobilize the scientific community to build on these earlier initiatives and address these gaps during the AR6 cycle.

This conference aims to take stock of post-AR5 scientific work on cities and climate change (at the level of research, policy and practice); and to define a set of key research themes and questions that can be addressed in advance of the Special Report on Cities and Climate change for the IPCC’s Seventh Assessment Report (AR7).

The main expected outputs of the Conference are:

  1. A global research agenda on cities and climate change that advances climate change science and gives recognition and visibility to the knowledge generated by urban stakeholders;
  2. Enhanced understanding of the impacts of climate change at the urban level, the range of possible responses and the role of cities in the implementation of the Paris Agreement; and
  3. Better informed climate decision-making at the local level, as a result of improved relations between the policy, practice and the scientific communities working on/in urban areas, through new projects, platforms and partnerships.