26.11.2015

ICLEI and Urban Climate Change Research Network to Host Session at Climate Summit for Local Leaders

ICLEI and the Urban Climate Change Research Network will host a joint session at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders at Paris City Hall on Friday, 4 December from 10.00 to 11.45.

Entitled “Science meets Policy for Transformative Action,” the session will promote the second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2) and the Transformative Actions Program (TAP).

The ARC3-2, published by Cambridge University Press, is the key climate science resource for city leaders. It serves as the knowledge base for city action, just as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) serves as the knowledge base for national climate change actions.

The ARC3-2 Report presents downscaled Climate Projections for approximately 100 cities and catalogues urban disasters and risks, along with the effects on human health in cities. ARC3-2 gives concrete solutions for cities in regard to mitigation and adaptation; urban planning and design; environmental equity and justice; economics, finance, and the private sector; urban sectors such as energy, water, transportation, housing and informal settlements, and solid waste management; and governing carbon and climate in cities. Other key topics include ecosystems and biodiversity, and urban coastal zones.

The Transformative Action Program (TAP) is a 10-year initiative that aims to identify the most ambitious, cross-cutting and inclusive projects with the potential to transform the lives of their citizens. It is the result of an inclusive and cooperative effort by networks of local and subnational governments to accelerate implementations of climate action.

In its first cycle in 2015, the TAP received 125 applications from more than 80 cities in 42 countries. TAP will aim to scale-up these efforts by engaged effectively in national and global process on finance, capacity building and technology. TAP is launched and managed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability with the active engagement of a wide range of partners.

The session will feature an introductory address by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University). Following this, Cynthia Rosenzweig of UCCRN will present at ARC3-2 Report, and six mayors will discuss transformative actions: Park Wonsoon (Mayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea and President, ICLEI); Marcio Lacerda (Mayor, Belo Horizonte, Brazil); Jeri Muoio (Mayor, West Palm Beach, US); Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh (Mayor, Malmö, Sweden); James Nxumalo (Mayor, Durban, S. Africa); Troy Pickard (Mayor, Jondaloop, Australia).

Naoko Ishii (CEO, the Global Environment Facility) will discuss global support for transformation, and a number of representatives of ICLEI Member cities, including Ulrich Sumptoh (Mayor, Port Vila, Vanuatu) and Ashok Sridharan (Mayor, Bonn, Germany) will add remarks on transformative actions. The session will be closed by Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

About the Climate Summit for Local Leaders

The Summit, co-hosted by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, will be the largest global convening of mayors, governors and local leaders focused on climate change. Major climate initiatives supported by local and regional governments will be introduced and presented at the Summit. The meeting will also highlight and build on the efforts of the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change and track their progress transparently.


 
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