How Data Aggregation Can Support Sub National Actors in Framing Climate Policy in Salon 9
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
In the last decade, cities have increasingly elected to make commitments to reduce the impacts of climate change. The recent launch of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) solidifies a framework to bring the contributions of cities and local governments under the umbrella of the UNFCCC. The aim is to assess the impact of city and local government efforts to advance the Paris Agreement, while also identifying areas where they could do more through collaboration and with support from other levels of government and the private sector.
A key to success for cities is to increase the engagement of the science community with a broad range of actors including local and national governments as well as city networks and the international coalitions working to support cities. In order to be successful, they need support in tracking their progress and being able to compare their hard work and results to other cities. There is deep value in local, regional and global perspective on these issues, in the form of outcome analyses from cities that share similar characteristics, such as environments, size or economic interests. These data can be centralized under the NAZCA platform under the UNFCCC, which offers promise as an open and accessible database that can improve from expanded data access, data standardization, and robust analysis.
The work that each of these actors undertakes is incredibly important and continues to need coordination in an increasingly synergistic fashion in order to produce actionable outcomes and knowledge for cities. Standardization of data and a global, annual, analysis of action can accelerate and mobilize actions towards achieving GHG mitigation goals, and thus catalyze NDC ambition with transparent methodologies on data collection and analyses that are validated from the wider community, resulting in being able to understand the contributions of various subnational actors in calculating overall NDC progress. The goal of this panel is to bring focused attention to the information gap between knowledge and practice of city data with emphasis on how cities need to be supported by policy makers, science researchers and urban practitioners to achieve their goals. The participants will give brief overviews of their efforts in this field and then will convene as part of an interactive round table that hopes to inspire thoughtful exchange and vibrant interaction from the audience, aiming to further the understanding of best practices for city data aggregation through a forum with a diverse panel with unique perspectives.