December 5th | On a Mission to Accelerate Urban Transitions through Innovate4Cities

Date: Tuesday, 5 December 2023
Time: 17:00 – 18:00 (GST) / 14:00 – 15:00 (CET)
Location: UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub Pavilion – Blue Zone. COP 28, Dubai, UAE
About the event:

The session offers an opportunity for engagement with and between cities, academia, private sector, for impact on climate change and generation of innovation to respond to core human needs. First results, gaps assessed and solutions explored by the Clusters will be presented and discussed in the framework of the 10 Shared priorities identified by the Urban Transitions Mission, the City Research and Innovation Agenda (CRIA) and Global Research and Action Agenda (GRAA).

A focus will be on transferring relevant existing/planned research and knowledge around the net-zero transition priorities of the UTM cohort cities. This exchange on the first results of the UTM Research Clusters will offer a starting point for strong, longer-term knowledge partnerships between cities and universities, to accelerate action on climate change through localized science, data, and other insights within the Global Innovation Hub.


Giorgia Rambelli, Director, Urban Transition Mission

Benjamin Jance IV, Head of Research and Innovation, GCoM

Risto Veivo, Director Environment, Turku, Finland

Camila Merino, Mayor, Vitacura, Chile, online

Rovana Reale Bortolini, Director of Projects and Sustainability Policies, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Tom Ciavarella, Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy, North America, Frontiers

Sanjay Seth, Senior Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Programme, The Energy and Resources Institute, India

Dr. Peter Fröhlich, Teamlead International Partnerships and Cooperation for Transitions, FFG 

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