Governance

I4C conference sessions and the conference outcomes will be “knowledge-generating”. The use of innovative techniques for designing the conference sessions with the objectives to capture the nature of knowledge generated as a result of exchanges and presentations between practitioners and scientists shall be the key focus of the I4C conference. This will provide critical input to COP 26, and the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities in the IPCC AR7 cycle.
The Innovate4Cities Conference is managed by an Executive Management and Decision Group (“EMDG”), the Organizing Committee (“OC”), a Science and Innovation Steering Committee (“SISC"), and a Partners Network Organizing Committee (“PNOC”).

Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee (OC) is responsible for overall conference planning, fundraising, communication and outreach, speakers and participants mobilization, and reporting. UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM), co-hosts of the I4C conference, are part of the organizing committee. In accordance with the decisions of the Executive Management and Decision Group and the Science and Innovation Steering Committee, the Organizing Committee is responsible for planning, budget, and fundraising, communications, logistics, thematic content, and conference agenda as well as liaising with the event management partner.
GCoM and UN-Habitat will ensure an efficient interaction between all committees and organizations via the Executive Management and Decision Group, also involving the GCoM Research & Innovation Technical Working Group that secures the long-term continuity of the Innovate4Cities Initiative and Agenda.

The Executive Management and Decision Group

Comprised of representatives of GCoM and UN-Habitat (both co-hosts of the I4C conference), this group meets on a bi-monthly basis to monitor work plan milestones, providing strategic advice and feedback, and endorses all financial and operational decisions of the conference. The group serves as the chief coordinating unit between the SISC and PNOC to ensure synergies in the respective committees’ functions and deliverables. In particular, the EMDG is the custodian of the overall I4C program architecture.

The Science and Innovation Steering Committee

coordinates the substantive conference programme inputs and oversees the conference’s objectives and proceedings. This committee is co-chaired by a representative of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The Partners’ Network Organizing Committee

is co-developing the conference programme through member and partner outreach, content development and linking relevant programming and initiatives.

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