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IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference to be held in Edmonton, Canada in March 2018

04 May 2017

The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will take place in Edmonton, Canada, in March 2018. The Conference will support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Edmonton, the capital city of the Canadian Province of Alberta, has been selected to host the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The event promises to be a pivotal milestone in developing the global understanding of how climate change will impact cities and the role of cities in tackling climate change.

Ten cities – with equal representation from the Global North and Global South –responded to an open call to host the conference launched in Marrakech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP-22) in November 2016. The proposals were transparently and collectively assessed during a month of rigorous evaluation and intense deliberation, leading to the final selection of Edmonton as the winner, due to the very high quality of their proposal.  

Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, said: “The City of Edmonton is pleased to host the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science conference… Hosting the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science conference gives us the opportunity to share knowledge with other municipalities, while learning, advancing ideas and forming partnerships that will help the world’s cities make progress on climate change.”

The 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference will bring together representatives from academia, scientific institutions, IPCC experts, national, regional and local government representatives, urban and climate change practitioners and related networks. The conference will inspire global and regional research on Cities and Climate Change over the AR6 cycle in preparation for the future IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change. Its outcomes will help member states, mayors and citizens deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

According to Debra Roberts, Co-chair of the IPCC Working Group II, “the 2015 Paris  Agreement is a universal call to climate action – but cities around the world need science to help them better understand the action options. Nowhere is this scientific knowledge more urgently required than in the cities of the Global South, where the well-being and livelihoods of billions of poor and vulnerable people depend on the implementation of climate resilient urban development pathways. This conference is key in developing a global research agenda that will establish a new contract between society and climate science in the world’s cities.”

A high level Scientific Steering Committee, with experts from the engineering, physical, natural and social sciences and humanities, as well as from the urban community, will guide the organisation of the conference.