Debra Roberts and Mayor Don Iveson at COP22 in Marrakech

CitiesIPCC Scientific and Organizing Committee at Resilient Cities 2017 in Bonn

CitiesIPCC to set the course for the global climate research agenda

On 5-7 March 2018, CitiesIPCC, the International Conference of Cities and Climate Change Science in Edmonton, Canada, will set the course for the global climate research agenda and advance scientific evidence connecting cities and climate science.

Ahead of CitiesIPCC, on Sunday, 4 March, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson will host a Global Mayors Summit together with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, with support from major city networks ICLEI, C40 and UCLG.

Leaders across the ICLEI membership who will participate in the Global Mayors Summit and CitiesIPCC include:

  • Stephany Uy-Tan, Mayor of Catbalogan, Philippines, and Member of ICLEI Global Executive Committee 2018-2021
  • Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, USA and Member of ICLEI US Board
  • Jaimanbhai Upadhyay, Mayor of Rajkot, India
  • Mayors of members of ICLEI Canada Charlie Clark Saskatoon, Cam Guthrie Guelph and Lisa Helps Victoria
  • Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, Deputy Mayor of Oslo, Norway
  • Verónica Arias, Environment Secretary of Quito, Ecuador
  • Marieke Cloutier, Chief of Environment Division of Villé de Montreal, host of the ICLEI World Congress in June 2018.

Edmonton hosted the first ICLEI World Congress in 2009 with an official agenda on urban research. Edmonton reports actively its climate information at ICLEI-managed carbonn Climate Registry and Mark Brostrom, Director of Environmental Planning, Sustainable Development of Edmonton is a member of ICLEI North America Regional Executive Committee

In 2016, Mayor Iveson was a speaker at ICLEI Side event at UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakch (COP22) where call for proposals for hosting CitiesIPCC Conference was launched by Debra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II on adaptation and advisory to ICLEI Global Executive Committee 2015-2018.

Now, the City of Edmonton is building on its legacy and hosting this historic conference.

ICLEI has been actively involved in the global efforts on the advocacy and planning of the the CitiesIPCC since 2016. Resilient Cities 2018 in April in Bonn and the ICLEI World Congress 2018 in Montréal in June will both be important platforms to track CitiesIPCC outcomes and the work that will contribute to the IPCC special report on cities. Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and ICLEI First- Vice President have already invited Mayor Iveson to share the outcomes of the CitiesIPCC and engage in ICLEIs discussion to support their implementation. 

ICLEI Delegation at CitiesIPCC will be led by Secretary General Gino Van Begin and ICLEI Canada Director Megan Meaney, as well as Maryke van Staden and Yunus Arikan, who represent ICLEI at CitiesIPCC Scientific Steering Committee and Organising Committee, respectively. ICLEI, along with partners and city leaders will announce the first batch of Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues that are being hosted in over 40 countries around the world over the course of 2018. The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues build on the adoption of the Bonn-Fiji Commitment by over 300 local leaders and will be supported by the findings and outcomes of CitiesIPCC, allowing all levels of government to create integrated, evidence-based climate policy.

Through this conference and beyond, CitiesIPCC will open a new era in science-based policies that guide local, regional, national and global climate action. 

CitiesIPCC: the road to Edmonton

The CitiesIPCC campaign resulted with the decision of IPCC 43rd Plenary in Nairobi in April 2016 that defined CitiesIPCC as a building block for a more comprehensive effort through a IPCC Special Report on Cities to be prepared as part of 7th Assessment Cycle of IPCC in 2023.

The IPCC 44th Plenary in October 2016 in Bangkok confirmed specific details of the conference on the day Habitat III concluded with the adoption of the New Urban Agenda in Quito.

The Call for Proposals to host the conference was launched at COP22 in November 2016 through the Resilience WorkStream of Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action and a series of other side events. Edmonton was announced as the host in May 2017.

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