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Plenary 1 - Opening Plenary: Cities and Climate Change Science and Innovation

12 speakers

About the session

UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) invite you to be part of the upcoming virtual Innovate4Cities 2021 conference, happening on October 11 to 15, 2021. Building on the 2018 Edmonton Cities and Climate Change Science Conference and the resulting Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science (GRAA), the Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference, co-sponsored by the IPCC, will focus on the nexus between science, practice and innovation — vital to realizing ambitious climate action. The conference will also closely examine local challenges and priority needs as well as cross-sectoral pathways to raising climate ambition and delivering action. This year’s conference will feature a much stronger focus on regional voices. This event comes at a crucial time ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, and will provide an opportunity for you to highlight work underway locally, showcasing the importance of urban action in meeting national and international climate commitments, focusing on how science and innovation partnerships are driving inclusive, resilient, and climate-neutral cities. The I4C Conference’s Global Plenary Sessions have been programmed to ensure outreach to at least 3 world time zones. They are set up to frame and underline the conference aims: building on climate change science to allow for knowledge gathering and bridging science, innovation and implementation for urban climate action demonstrate the importance of having the voices of all relevant actors in this field to drive the right dialogue, as well as have a good balance in regions, gender, generation, representation, etc. address the fundamental questions that lie at the core of many thematic or cross-cutting challenges.
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