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Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference

Date: 11 - 15 October

The Innovate4Cities Conference, organized by UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, will bring together over 1,000 city leaders, scientists, researchers, innovators, academics, youth, and business people to advance pragmatic and action-oriented research and science that will help cities reduce their carbon footprint and increase resilience to climate change.

As a follow-up to the 2018 Edmonton Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, the Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference aims to bolster knowledge creation and solutions implementation and to mobilize the transformative potential of cities towards zero-carbon and climate-resilient cities. Especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, cities will be integral to identifying knowledge and innovation gaps, facilitating cooperation and securing necessary green investments in transitioning to a more just, healthier, safer and sustainable world. The conference will also provide inputs to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) being held in November, and the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Seventh Assessment Report (AR7) cycle.

The key themes of the conference are:

  • Informality
  • Finance
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Built and green/blue infrastructure
  • Urban planning and design
  • Uncertainty

The objectives of the conference include:

  • Advancing progress towards meeting the gaps identified by the Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science and the Innovate4Cities Agenda, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on regional differentiation and demonstrating the solutions and implementation pathways developed so far.
  • Catalyzing engagement between scientists and practitioners for inputs to inform the upcoming IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change (AR7 cycle) and the UNFCCC COP 26 discussions in November 2021.
  • Generating platforms, partnerships and funding commitments for the co-creation and dissemination of policy, technology, and organizational innovations, build upon or reinforce current initiatives and thereby realize systemic shifts towards climate-neutral and resilient cities.