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Cities in a New/ Changing Climate: Saving our urban world and its dwellers

4 speakers
Global climate change will be both accelerated and mitigated through the nature of life; in cities and because of city systems& through the carbon footprint of a globe that is increasingly urban. Understanding and highlighting how climate action is localised in complex urban areas is therefore essential to reducing the impacts of climate change& while promoting resilience of people& communities and systems. This event brings together a diverse panel of researchers and practitioners in a public forum& opening up space for discussions& challenging debate and vigorous responses to the panel’s provocations about the “PEAK Urban” framework. The framework is a ‘policy innovation’& a novel tool for policy-makers and practitioners to understand complex urban spaces enabling more effective urban policy formulation. The panel will highlight& amongst others& the urban burdens of climate change and how especially marginalised urban dwellers in informal settlements experience disproportionate impacts& including on health. There will be a focus on first understanding complex urban environments& to then design effective urban programs and policies. Additionally& the panel will reflect on the resources& capacities& and opportunities for climate change adaptation and interventions in urban contexts. Discussions will draw on the experiences and approaches of over 35 international research projects of the PEAK Urban Programme (https://www.peak-urban.org) and the Oxford Martin Programme on Informal Cities (https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/informal-cities/). The panellists also advise on processes related to climate change and health of the United Cities and Local Governments& the World Health Organisation and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Led by the University of Oxford& the Indian Institute for Human Settlements& the African Centre for Cities& Peking and EAFIT Universities& the programmes represent approximately £ 10 million investment in cities-focused research from UKRI. The second half of the session will consist of participatory round-table styled discussions& in zoom break-out rooms. It will engage participants of the session who are expected to come from the public sector& academia and from civil society organisations working on climate and health related issues facing cities. Participants will receive a 1-page summary of the framework presented by the panel and discuss its relevance and applicability to their own contexts.