Innovate4Cities Conference to explore climate crisis solutions

A view over the rooftops of Kigali City, the capital of Rwanda and center of one of the most horrific atrocities of our times, the Rwanda genocide between the Hutus and Tutsis. The city and the people are still in the process of healing from this time.

At least 1000 city leaders, scientists, researchers, innovators, academics, youth, and business people are gearing up to advance pragmatic and action-oriented research and science that will help cities reduce their carbon footprint and increase resilience to climate change.

Registration is now open for the Innovate4Cities Conference, a multi-day virtual event slated for 11-15 of October, an international gathering at the nexus of cities, climate change science, and innovation. This ground-breaking meeting will be co-hosted by UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM).

Seth Schultz, CEO of Resilience Shift and Co-Chair of the I4C Conference Science and Innovation Steering Committee, said: “At the IPCC Cities conference in Edmonton in 2018, we brought academics and practitioners together and considerably strengthened the scientific discourse on urban climate action. In 2021, we will do the same again, this time also engaging crucial actors in the engineering field, private businesses, and institutional investors. Bring your ideas and innovations to this dynamic
conference, by registering to attend today!”

The first Cities and Climate Change Science conference, attended by over 800 participants in Edmonton, Canada in 2018, led to the Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science, the GCoM’s Innovate4Cities initiative to drive climate action in cities and the Edmonton Declaration on climate change signed by over 3400 cities.

“As governments look beyond COVID-19, cities have a vital role to play in building back better. On the front lines, they’re integral to facilitating cooperation and securing necessary green investments. In what promises to be a robust discussion of ideas and action, the Innovate4Cities conference will bring together champions of green recovery — those leading the way in transitioning to a more just, healthier, safer, and sustainable world,” said Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Executive Director, Amanda Eichel.

As a follow-up to the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference the multi-day, virtual Innovate4Cities Conference will provide inputs to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) being held in November, and the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Seventh Assessment Report (AR7) cycle.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy GCoM is the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 10,000 cities and local governments.

(With input from the UN-News)