City Hall building in London

Cities are of particular significance for resilience and adaptation as they are concentrations of exposure and risk: most of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Worldwide, the urban population is projected to increase to 5 billion by 2030, with 95 percent of the expansion expected in developing countries. Cities are also major drivers of economic growth and development. Although cities occupy just 2 percent of land across the world, they are responsible for about 70 percent of global gross domestic product. Political and business leaders in cities need to make climate change adaptation and resilience a clear priority if they are to ensure returns on their investments in growth and development.

This event, part of London Climate Action Week, will highlight the critical importance of adaptation and resilience to sustainable economic development and growth in cities. Jointly hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the ESRC Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), Willis Towers Watson, and the London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP), it will provide an opportunity for discussion between representatives from national and local government and their agencies, businesses, academia and NGOs.

The session will be chaired by LCCP Chair Chris Rapley, and will include talks from:

  • Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency and member of the Global Commission on Adaptation
  • Fiona Twycross, Chief Resilience Officer for London
  • Shirley Rodrigues, London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy
  • Grainia Long, Belfast Commissioner for Resilience
  • Nick Dunlop, Willis Towers Watson
  • Kit England, Climate Ready Clyde
  • Neuni Farhad, C40
  • Kathryn Brown, UK Committee on Climate Change

Further details of this event can be found here

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