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The Urban Opportunity: Transformative climate action in practice

Join us for a lively discussion on how seizing the urban opportunity can address the climate crisis and deliver shared economic prosperity.

Drawing on new evidence from the Coalition for Urban Transitions’ Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity Report, and best practices from the C40 Cities Finance Facility and C40 Cities Climate Action Planning Programme, this event will demonstrate why seizing the urban opportunity is critical to our future prosperity and to tackling the climate crisis. Looking at the importance of national government and local government action, the event will start with a keynote address that explores the vital importance of urban climate action and the immense social and economic benefits of creating compact, connected and clean cities. This will be followed by a panel discussion with examples of transformative climate action in cities, including developing and implementing climate action plans and financing sustainable urban infrastructure.


Mayor Jorge Muñoz Wells
Mayor of Lima
Helen Mountford
Vice President for Climate & Economics, The World Resources Institute
Kate Hughes
Deputy Director, International Climate and Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Vera Scholz
Director, Climate, Environment & Infrastructure Division Climate, GIZ
Dr Barbara Buchner
Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI)
Mario Silva
General Director, Metropolitan Planning Institute of Guadalajara (IMEPLAN)
Ramón Rodríguez
Urban Energy Lead, Arup


Research programme:Urban Opportunity