IPCC Summary for Urban Policymakers Workshop

IPCC workshop


Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), concerned that the planet is running out of time to secure a liveable future, met at King’s College London this week to identify key messages for city policymakers and businesses. Hub researchers’ Dr Eva Filippi, Dr Max Hope and Prof Mark Pelling participated with IPCC Lead Authors to build on the 6th Assessment Report, with the aim of producing essential updates on the status of climate change associated loss and damage, risk, adaptation options and enabling conditions for urban policy makers.

This is a key activity in communicating the findings of the IPCC to city level policy makers so that the time limited opportunity to build equitable and sustainable resilience into ongoing and projected urban development is achievable.

At the meetings, members from the various IPCC Working Groups, made up of physical and social scientists, met with city officials and key business partners to develop the messaging which bridges science, policy and practice. The meetings were part of a broader effort to activate collaborations and support urban resilience. Hub researchers contributed to the meetings as part of the Hub’s contribution to facilitating global discussion on climate change.

“These meetings have enabled Tomorrow’s Cities to build on its international research strength across physical science, risk reduction and decision-making to facilitate a convening space for IPCC scientists, King’s researchers and city policymakers to bring science into action.” – Mark Pelling, Professor of Geography and Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC Working Group II

The IPCC reports, released in 2021 and 2022, include the latest science and are used by governments in their negotiations on climate change, such as those that took place at COP26 last November.

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