Cities are critical to tackling the pressing environmental challenges of our time. While they now account for an estimated 75 per cent of global CO2 emissions, cities also offer a unique opportunity for devolved leadership on climate action. At the recent COP26, some significant progress was made in elevating cities’ position on climate action with a flurry of announcements and commitments.
For example, more than 1,000 cities are now committed to the Cities Race to Zero and C40’s Clean Construction Declaration saw multiple cities committing to at least halving emissions from initial construction of buildings by 2030. A raft of financing commitments were also made to improve urban resilience in the face of climate change.
This builds on existing momentum before COP26. Over 50 world cities are now on track to meet Paris Agreement and the Marrakech Partnership is further enabling collaboration between governments and cities within the UNFCCC processes.
Therefore, how we design, build, govern and use our urban places will be a key factor for decarbonization and climate change adaptation.
On the back of COP26, this panel brings together leaders from across urban development sectors to discuss the progress cities have already made, whether progress at COP26 was enough, and what more needs to be done to scale action and ambition internationally.
Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary-General of ICLEI and Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia
Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment, Greater London Authority.
Chair: Karim Elgendy, Associate Fellow, Environment and Society Programme
Further speakers to be confirmed.