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Slide 1: UCCRN at UN Climate Action Summit
Slide 2: UCCRN Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
Slide 3: C40 The Future We Don't Want - How Climate Change Could Impact the World's Greatest Cities
Building on a series of scoping sessions with stakeholders and members, UCCRN is transitioning from a report-focused organization to one that leads an on-going, sustained global city-focused climate change knowledge assessment and solutions program. The program is targeted to early, mid, and late-adopter cities through the expansion of the UCCRN to include proactive Regional Hubs, with field directors, program coordinators, and researchers that strengthen ongoing collaborations and knowledge exchange both for and with cities.
UCCRN Urban Design Climate Workshops (UDCWs) aim to integrate and scale-up climate change mitigation and adaptation in cities through knowledge sharing, collaboration, and action planning. These sessions bring together urban designers, urban planners, climatologists, policymakers, stakeholders, and graduate students. Topics of discussion include strengthening urban resilience, improving energy efficiency, and enhancing livelihoods. So far, UDCWs have taken place in New York, Paris, Naples, and Durban.
Hub Director Spotlight Series: The Unique Challenges and Opportunities Facing Small Island Developing States
In our interview, Dr. Thomas stressed the importance of having a specific UCCRN Hub for small island developing states, which deal with a unique set of issues and constraints. The most recent IPCC reports state that SIDS are both disproportionately affected by climate change and also facing limits to their adaptive capacity. Residents of SIDS are often vulnerable to compound risks (e.g., coastal flooding and power grid failure) occurring in smaller, underserved areas, and there is often nowhere safe for them to retreat.
Dr. Gian Delgado is engaging with UCCRN as the Hub Director of the newly founded Mexico Hub, which will be based out of Mexico City.
UCCRN's side session at COP26, Scaling Up: Case Studies in Collaborations between Cities and Higher Education Institutions, discussed the importance of University-City partnerships in furthering climate action.