UCCRN Launches ARC3.2 Summary at Climate Summit for Local Leaders

by | December 4, 2015
Categories: Events, In the Press, News, Video

Today, the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) released the Summary for City Leaders of the Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2). UCCRN and ICLEI hosted a session at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders in Paris City Hall on December 4, 2015.

See here for video highlights from the summit:

UCCRN is dedicated to providing the information that city leaders–from government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and the community—need in order to assess current and future risks, make choices that enhance resilience to climate change and climate extremes, and take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the momentum of COP21, UCCRN aims to expand the network and grow cities’ impact on mitigating climate change and increasing resiliency.

The ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders provides a broad synthesis of the latest scientific research on climate change and cities. It presents the majors findings and key messages on urban climate science, disasters and risk, urban planning and design, mitigation and adaptation, equity and environmental justice, economics, finance, and the private sector, urban ecosystems, urban coastal zones, public health, housing and informal settlements, energy, water, transportation, solid waste, and governance.

UCCRN Co-Director Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University’s Earth Institute said, “the ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders tells cities what they need to know to succeed as climate change leaders, and provides climate change projections for 100 cities so they know what to expect.”

“A business-as-usual scenario is untenable,” Rosenzweig explained. “Cities must alter many dimensions of urban life.” ARC3.2 identifies a transformation pathway of disaster risk reduction, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, stakeholder engagement in risk assessments and climate action planning, incorporation of disadvantaged and vulnerable citizens as well as advancement of creditworthiness, institutional development and participation in city networks like ICLEI.

More information on the event and the ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders can be found here

See here for full Climate Summit for Local Leaders agenda:


Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

Michael R. Bloomberg, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul and President of UCLG

Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and Chair of C40

Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar and Secretary General of AIMF

Keynote Address: François Hollande, President of the Republic of France


UCLG World Council

Forum C40

Cities of the Future: Innovation and Sustainable Urbanization in China

ICLEI Agora: Press Conference with UCCRN and Jeffrey Sachs



Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

Michael R. Bloomberg, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

ACT I: What is the Transformation Imperative?

ACT II: City Solutions, Let’s Go!

ACT III: To Invest is to Engage

Closing Remarks

Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of the United Nations

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, President of COP21




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