COP21 needs cities and cities need COP21

Written by Brian Kilkelly on 7 November 2015

Next month over 50,000 leaders will gather from governments, cities, business, science, finance, policy, and civil society to debate and (hopefully) decide on a world climate change treaty that steers us towards a sustainable future for our planet. I believe cities are at the heart of the solution to climate change and that without a global agreement, life will become intolerable in our cities.

Setting a clear and ambitious agreement in Paris will provide city and private sector leaders with the confidence to invest now and plan the long term urban interventions that can make our cities truly resilient and sustainable. 


I am delighted to inform you that for the last 3 months I have been working with Climate-KIC to support the development of their programme of events at COP21.

Climate-KIC is he EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy. It is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

Together with their pan-European team, we have developed a wide programme of events at COP21 (and in the lead up) to showcase how innovation can help deliver solutions to climate change. You can find out about the programme and register your interest in attending here: JourneyToParis

First up is a workshop on the solutions that Climate-KIC has developed for cities. I'll be chairing their 'city solutions' event during the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona on November 19th. It would be great to see you there and if you're not already registered for the congress, you can obtain a discounted pass by emailing World Cities Network here.

Would be great to see you in Barcelona and Paris!

Brian Kilkelly

Credit: Bernard Gagnon

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