The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda, and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction are seeking to construct a new development trajectory. These global commitments both require – and will be supported by addressing climate change in cities. In this Plenary, we exchange knowledge, lessons, and experiences on the impacts of climate change on cities and how cities (their local governments, businesses, and citizens) are adapting and responding to climate change. The Theme 1 Plenary seeks to map the mitigation and adaptation knowledge needs and the gaps being experienced by cities in the context of realizing global commitments. Through interactive dialogue, the Plenary addresses the costs and benefits of climate action and inaction; the underpinning of ethics, equity, and climate justice in the context of climate change, the role of city residents as agents of change, and the imperatives for actions that achieve low carbon, climate-resilient urban pathways, and sustainable development.
Theme 2 Plenary in Hall D
16:30 - 18:00
As centers for population, infrastructure and economic activities, cities are key contributors to global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) as well as key hot spots of climate change impacts and vulnerabilities. Understanding the processes and interlinkages of climate science, emissions, impacts, risks and vulnerabilities are central for co-producing strategies and alternatives to adapt to and mitigate climate change. The science of cities can guide the reduction of GHG and SLCP emissions, climate vulnerability, differential risks and help improve resilience. The analysis of social processes driving the construction and reconstruction of urban space, of urban form, design, typology, and policies are also key considerations. Contributions to better understanding the science and practice of cities in the context of climate change have expanded significantly in recent years. However, there are few forums creating opportunities to assess these contributions. The Theme 2 Plenary creates a platform to create an interactive dialogue on these issues incorporating scientific, policy, and practitioner’s knowledge.