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I2 - Science-policy interface, the UCCRN, and the role of global networks towards Cities IPCC Conference

Session Description


  • Somayya Ali Ibrahim, Associate Director, Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) Columbia University, NASA GISS, New York, USA
  • Reimund Schwarze, Head of the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
  • Stelios Grafakos, Head of Urban Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Change, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands


  • Maryke van Standen, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager and Director of the carbon Center, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany
  • Katie Vines, Head of Adaptation Research, C40 Climate Leadership Group, New York, USA
  • Julie Greenwalt, Urban Environment Specialist, Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme, Brussels, Belgium
  • Marcus Mayr, Urban Development Specialist, Cities and Climate Change, UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Barney Dickson, Head of Climate Change Adaptation Unit UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Laureline Krichewsky, Associate Program Officer, UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme

Organized by: Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)

The leadership role of cities in adapting and mitigating climate change is likely to expand and deepen as the implementation phase of global climate change action gets underway, initiated in Paris 2015. As cities develop their own individual responses to increasing climate risks, a strong knowledge base of cutting-edge science and case studies of effective actions in other cities can contribute to effective and efficient decision-making. Further, urban planning and decision-making at the city level needs to be complemented by policy-making and actions at state, regional, and national levels as well. The special conference on cities and climate change with the co-sponsorship of the IPCC to be held in March 2018 will play a key role in leveraging this context into a new phase.

The underlying rationale for the discussion will be to identify methods and approaches to further foster the development and dissemination of climate change knowledge and information that will be useful for cities, especially in small and medium-sized cities and in the developing country context where demand is particularly acute. The session will focus on the important role of global networks such as UCCRN, ICLEI, C40, Nairobi Work Programme, UNEP, Cities Alliance, UN-Habitat, and others in disseminating knowledge and coordinating city responses to climate challenges, and in facilitating an on-going dialogue between scholars, experts, urban decision-makers, and stakeholders.

The role of partner organizations and future opportunities for the engagement under the UCCRN and other city networks will be presented. This panel discussion is intended to engage the audience interactively, in an in-depth discussion on innovative and effective ways of sharing information that more effectively address the needs of decision makers through global city networks. The session will also include updates and a debate on the preparations of the Cities IPCC Conference as well.