CITIES ARE MOVING BEYOND
Cities are moving forward and leading Canada's climate action heading into COP26. To date, 21 cities from across Canada have joined the Cities Race to Zero campaign.
Please read a letter from Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director of the SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue outlining the details about this portal and the updated status of our work.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR...
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Secure global net-zero and keep the global warming limit of 1.5°C from the Paris Agreement within reach.
The world needs to halve emissions in 10 years. Current global commitments would result in warming above 3°C.
Act on adaptation and support those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Finance and planning needs to be in place, with open communication between nations and protection of natural habitats.
Developed countries must raise at least $100 bn per year in climate finance to support developing nations.
Work with the private sector to unleash trillions in finance and ensure investment decisions are made after accounting for climate.
Finalize the Paris Rulebook and find a solution on carbon markets, resolve issues of transparency, and broker an agreement that drives global ambition.
Turn ambition into action in this decade by fostering cooperation between government, civil society, and the private sector on climate action.
A chance to increase
our national climate
ambition through a
renewed NDC + demonstrate that we are serious about climate action.
A space to showcase Canadian innovation in mitigation,
adaptation, and financing structures that support moving beyond our NDC.
A new opportunity to grow from the pandemic and signal a
shift from business as usual to new ambition and economic development for Canada.
A time for Canada to cement its position as a key global player in
the economic and social transition landscape that will result from climate action.
C40 and global cities will use the opportunities at COP26 to advance certain goals. Learn more below:
FOR GLOBAL CITIES
Leverage mayoral leadership to secure science-based commitments from nation states.
Remove barriers to faster, bigger city climate action.
Advocate for increased climate finance for the Global South.
COP26 is the most important climate conference in our history. If we don’t address climate change now, we will destroy our planet. The world is focused on galvanizing new action, bolder commitments and greater funding to support climate action.
Cities are leading climate action in Canada. They account for at least 60% of our emissions and they are on the frontlines of climate impacts – from rising sea levels for coastal communities, wild fires, heat domes and flooding.
Their efforts to address climate are making a difference. Canada needs to acknowledge the role of cities as part of the Canadian response to climate change and provide support to increase the capacity of cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Canada has an important role to play, and must step up and increase its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Our actions are insufficient and we need to demonstrate in Glasgow that we can meet our Paris commitments and hold the temperature increase to 1.5°C.
Cities + COP26 will be timing all activities in the GMT/UTC time zone.
This will allow us to simplify coordination between in-person and virtual participants. This also allows us to maintain a standard time reference because of the daylight savings conversion differences between the UK and Canada.
Please use the live clocks here for reference.
THE CITIES + COP26 CALENDAR
We've created this functional calendar for you to reference the events that are taking place during COP26 that might be of interest to Canadian cities and partners.
If you would like your event featured here, please contact us immediately.
You can add events to your own calendar application by clicking on the event and selecting the option at the bottom.
You can also view events on a map and print out the calendar.
All times posted are in GMT.
We are in the process of organizing contact channels on platforms like WhatsApp for participants to stay in touch at Glasgow.
If you would like to be added to these channels, please email us with the following details:
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Telephone Number (with country code)
We are happy to provide information about the work of Canada's cities and the Cities + COP26 initiative.
TV + RADIO FEATURES
THE ROLE OF CITIES
MAPPING OUT ACTION
SFU CITIES + COP26
Adaptation to Climate Change at SFU: COP26 informational event in partnership with the UK High Commission on Oct 28.
Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners: Data visualizations of municipal emissions, sources, etc. on Tableau.
Time4MultilevelAction: 2030 Agenda of cities and regions to enhance ambition & accelerate action (Nov. 8, 6:30-7:45pm BST)
Cities + COP26 at SFU: Daily briefings at 6:30 pm BST. Links to join will be distributed.
Tackling climate change needs civil society: Insights on public engagement for climate action (Nov. 10, 6:30pm - 7:45pm BST)
FCM + BCMC
C40 + CDP
C40 + GIZ
C40 + GIZ: Localising NDCs & supporting city action for a green and just recovery towards an 1.5 degree world. (Nov. 5, 3pm - 4:15pm BST)
Governor Jay Inslee (WA): Global coalition of subnational governments are coming together to signal commitment and lead on climate action. This coalition will announce these commitments at COP26 on Sunday, Nov 7.
Big City Mayors' Caucus: Mike Savage (Chair) will be attending COP26 as a representative of Canada's big cities.
Canadian Urban Institute: CityTalks panel events hosted from Nov 1-5. Links to join will be distributed.
Indigenous Clean Energy: Green Zone event on Nov 4 at 11:30 am - 1 pm BST focused on strenghtening global networking to accelerate energy transition through Renewable Energy Microgrids (REMs) in Indigenous communities through an all-encompassing approach.
C40 + CDP: Recruiting cities and supporting the Cities Race to Zero (CRTZ) campaign. Point of contact on CRTZ for cities and NGOs.
Cities on the Road to Glasgow: Moving Canada Beyond Pledges brought together a key group of city-focused leaders to engage in collaborative action in the context of COP26. Through knowledge sharing and strategic dialogue, this session aimed to help Canadian cities chart a course forward, encouraging a common purpose and sense of collaboration on climate that will carry through to Glasgow and beyond.
We would like to thank the Trottier Family Foundation for financially supporting this work, and thank our dialogue participants for their contributions to this discussion. We look forward to continuing to work with you all on this critical effort.