The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) of the United Nations takes place from 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, under the title ‘Uniting the world to tackle climate change.’ The planning of the built environment across urban and regional scales are a fundamental part of the climate crisis but can also act as solution or arena thereif. The significance of the mitigation and adaptation of urban areas has been highlighted extensively in chapter 6 ‘Cities, Settlements and Key Infrastructure’ of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

While the urban scale and the role of local authorities could become more prominent at the COP, a range of meetings, discussions and side events are organised that put urban issues at the centre. We attempted to collect some of them below, indicating in which zone* they take place and which ones are accessible online. We include some related to urban mobility but also refer to a comprehensive list of transport events of SLOCAT. Did we forget some? Reach out to us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A central date will be the 17th of November where ‘the first-ever Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change at a UN Climate Change Conference of Parties, focusing on housing, urban development, multilevel action in relation to climate change’ will take place. It will bring together ’Ministers for Housing, Urban Development, Environment and Climate Change, representatives of local and regional governments through the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC, as well as non-party and non-state actors such as academia, civil society, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, the private sector, urban networks, multilateral banks, UN agencies and intergovernmental organizations, and other UNFCCC Observers, and international and national media and press. The Ministerial Meeting will reinforce the commitment of the Paris Agreement for multi-level climate action and will commit to accelerated climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation action and local climate finance. Further the Sustainable Urban Resilience for the Next Generation (SURGe) Initiative will be launched at the event.’ (Source: unhabitat.org/un-habitat-at-cop27)

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Overview of events dealing with urban and mobility issues (times in EET)

Time

Event

Location

Hybrid

6 November 2022

6/11
12:00-12:30

LGMA* Press Conference (more info)

Press Conference Room Luxor Area B

Yes

7 November 2022

7/11
15:15-16:25

Enhancing Cities Livability and Sustainability in the face of Climate Change (more info)

Singapore Pavilion, Blue Zone

 

7/11
16:45-17:45

Climate Resilience Lessons from Cities Worldwide (more info)

Singapore Pavilion, Blue Zone

 
7/11
18:00-19:30
LGMA COP27 Global Townhall (more info) Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone Yes

8 November 2022

8/11
9:00-9:30

Daily briefing for LGMA* constituency (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

8/11
9:30-10:30

Urban Africa at COP27 Opening (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

8/11
10:00-16:00
Cities Day at UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub (more info) UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub Pavilion, Blue Zone  

8/11
10:30-12:00

Multi-stakeholder climate actions in East Asia (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

8/11
12:00-13:00

Climate empowerment and city diplomacy: Exploring the potential of a thriving alliance (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

8/11
15:00-16:00

Investing in Resilience (more info)

Resilience Hub, Blue Zone

 
8/11
16:00-17:00
Build the Future: Accelerating Climate-Compatible Infrastructure in Africa (more info) International Development Finance Club Pavilion Yes

9 November 2022

9/11
9:00-9:30

Daily briefing for LGMA* constituency (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

9/11
9:30-10:00

SURGe Initiative Preparatory Event (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

 

9/11
10:00-12:00

Urban Africa in Action at COP27: Unpacking the urban climate finance journey: Linking policy and planning to a pipeline of bankable projects (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

9/11
13:30-15:00

Driving innovation in response to the climate emergency: How international organizations can play complementary parts in enabling an expanded climate innovation agenda for cities and regions (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

9/11
15:00-16:30

Investing in the Net Zero Potential of Cities – the next steps: a C40 and Cities Commission for Climate Investment (3Ci) event (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

9/11
17:30-18:30

Opportunities for African cities to meet their transport and urban planning needs in a greener, more sustainable way (more info)

Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino, Sharm El Sheikh

 

10 November 2022

10/11
9:00-9:30

Daily briefing for LGMA* constituency (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

10/11
10:00-12:00

Urban Africa in Action at COP27: Improving resilience in African cities: The role of youth and research (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

10/11
13:30-15:00

A spotlight on states’ and regions’ contributions to the Global Stocktake – ‘Getting It Done’ (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

10/11
15:00-16:00

Equity and climate solutions in cities: Accelerating actions by key actors (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

10/11
16:30-18:00

Clean air catalyst: A multi-level approach to accelerating action on air quality and climate in cities (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

10/11
17:30-19:00

Green Finance for Active Mobility (more info)

Benelux Pavilion, Blue Zone

 

10/11
18:00-19:30

Climate justice in Brazilian Cities (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

11 November 2022

11/11
9:00-10:00

Daily briefing for LGMA* constituency (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

11/11
9:30-11:30

Digital Solutions for Urban Resilience (more info)

Egyptian Pavilion, Blue Zone

 

11/11
10:00-12:00

Urban Africa in Action at COP27: Harnessing technology to accelerate data-driven climate action in Africa (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

11/11
11:00-11:45

Financing the Transition to Climate-friendly & Inclusive Transport (more info)

Climate Action Space, World Bank Pavilion

 

11/11
11:00-12:30

Unlocking a Pathway to Low Carbon Transport in African Cities Without Compromising Economic Growth (more info)

Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino, Sharm El Sheikh

 

11/11
12:00-13:30

Financing low carbon, resilient and inclusive cities through multi-level governance (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

11/11
13:30-15:00

The Future of Climate Finance is Subnational (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

11/11
15:00-16:30

The road to carbon neutrality and resilience in cities: a journey of innovation, technology adoption, and partnerships development (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

11/11
16:30-18:00
Construire des villes résilientes à l'ère des migrations et du changement climatique : Le point de vue des jeunes (more info) French Pavilion, Blue Zone  

11/11
16:45-18:15

Building for a Billion: Implementation Lab

Buildings Pavilion, Blue Zone

 

11/11
18:00-19:30

Resilience in Latin American cities: Loss and damage at the subnational level (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

11/11
18:30-20:00
Launch of the Summary for Urban Policymakers of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report Side Event Room 1 (Akhenaten), Area B, Blue Zone Yes, UNFCCC platform

12 November 2022

12/11
9:00-10:00

Daily briefing for LGMA* constituency (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

12/11
10:00-12:00

Feeding the city for healthy people, landscapes, and climate (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

12/11
13:15-14:30

How can national and local governments scale finance for urban climate adaptation and resilience? (more info)

Resilience Hub

Yes

12/11
13:30-15:00

Circular agriculture for climate emergency (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

12/11
15:00-16:30

Urban Africa in Action at COP27 Integrating a Food-Systems Lens into Discussion of Urban Climate Resilience Initiatives (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

12/11
16:00-17:30

Collective Climate Action for Water Resilience in Cities (more info)

Water Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

12/11
16:30-18:00

The adaptation innovation Lab (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

12/11
17:00-17:45

APEX*/Green Cities Launch (more info)

Climate Action Space, World Bank Pavilion

 

13/11
14:30-15:30

Smart and Resilient Cities – How to Revolutionize Urban Environments (more info)

World Climate Summit, Park Regency Hotel

Yes

14 November 2022

14/11
9:00-9:30

Daily briefing for LGMA* constituency (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

14/11
9:30-10:00

SURGe* Initiative Preparatory Event (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

 

14/11
10:00-12:00

Urban Africa in Action at COP27: Building urban water Resilience in Africa: Accelerating investment and catalyzing for Impact (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

14/11
12:00-13:30

The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the climate-biodiversity nexus: what it means for Cities, Subnational and Local Governments and Non-State Actors (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

14/11
13:30-15:00

Achieving Energy Security, Independence and Sustainability with Renewables focused Local Action (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

14/11
14:00-15:30

Catalyzing Finance for Strengthened Water Resilience in African Cities (more info)

Lotus Action Room

Yes

14/11
15:00-16:30

Being local, acting global: International experiences with multilevel climate action (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

14/11
16:30-17:30

Leveraging Land Value Capture to Achieve Climate Goals in Cities (more info)

Virtual

Yes

14/11
16:30-18:00

Why Full, Meaningful, and Equal Participation of Women and Youth in Party Delegations will ensure #MultiLevelActionDelivers (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

14/11
18:00-19:30

Iberoamerican green cities (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

15 November 2022

15/11
9:00-12:00

SLOCAT Transport Day at COP (more info)

Blue zone, Multilevel Action Pavilion

Yes

15/11
10:00-11:30

Accelerating Cities Climate Action through Innovative Solutions, Public-Private Collaboration and Finance Access (more info)

French Pavilion

 

15/11
12:00-13:30

Urban Africa in Action at COP27: Taking charge of Africa’s oceans and blue resources to mitigate the effects of climate change (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

15/11
13:30-15:00

Cities stepping up to the energy crisis: Launching the energy access and poverty pillar of the GCoM* common reporting Framework (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

 

15/11
15:00-16:30

The Global Covenant of Mayors Multilevel Climate Action Playbook (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

15/11
15:30-16:45
The Power of movement – Clean transport for healthy cities and communities WHO Pavilion, Blue Zone  

15/11
19:00-20:00

Cities at the Forefront of Climate Change: Leverages for Adaptation (more info)

Israeli Pavilion, Blue Zone

 

16 November 2022

16/11
9:00-10:00

Building from the Summary of IPCC AR6* Summary for Urban Policymakers From Science to Action (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

16/11
10:00-12:00

Urban Africa in Action at COP27: Building urban resilience in Africa: Harnessing nature-based solutions (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

16/11
11:00-12:00

Climate-Smart Urban Mobility - Where to Invest? (more info)

IsdB Group Pavilion

 
16/11
11:30-12:30
Climate risks and climate mobility in intermediate cities (more info) Climate Mobility Pavillon No

16/11
12:00-13:30

Hearing the voice of subnational governments: Learning from the Edinburgh Declaration for biodiversity (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

16/11
13:30-15:00

Cities Race to Zero one year on: Driving climate action now (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

 
16/11
15:00-15:45
Multilevel Climate Action: Localizing NDCs to Unlock More Ambitious Climate Solutions in Cities UN Egypt Pavilion, Blue Zone  

16/11
15:00-16:30

The inclusion of women and girls in climate action and financing (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

16/11
17:00-18:00
Opportunities for Local Resilient Urban Planning at the local level One UN Egypt Pavilion, Blue Zone  

16/11
18:00-19:30

United States Best Practices in Funding Multilevel Action: Lessons from U.S. Local Leaders Implementing National Climate Legislation (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

17 November 2022

17/11
9:00-10:00

Daily briefing for LGMA* constituency (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

17/11
9:00-10:30
Climate-proof Infrastructure, solutions for lowcarbon and resilient development in Africa Africa Pavilion, Blue Zone  

17/11
9:30-10:30

Scaling up Sustainable Urban Mobility Interventions (UN-Habitat)

UN Pavilion, Blue Zone

 

17/11
10:00-11:30

African cities in the face of the challenge of climate risk management and urban development: Developing an effective Emergency Preparedness Response (more info)

UCLG Africa Pavillion, Blue Zone

 
17/11
10:00-12:00
Ministrial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change Meeting Room 20, Blue Zone  

17/11
10:00-12:00

DARAJA* and Early Warning for All in Our Overheating Cities (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

17/11
11:00-11:40

How to Create a Cycling City

Action hub, Blue Zone

 

17/11
11:00-12:30

City Region Food Systems: Strengthening Resilience Against Multiple Shocks and Stresses (more info)

Food and Agricultural Pavilion, Blue Zone

 
17/11
11:00-12:30
Les mobilités urbaines et interurbaines au service de la décarbonation des villes : défis et opportunités (more info) French Pavillion, Blue Zone  

17/11
12:00-13:00

Net Zero Carbon Buildings in Cities: Getting the Policy Right (more info)

GlobalABC Buildings Pavilion

Yes

17/11
12:00-13:30

Urban Africa in Action at COP27: Climate-related trade-offs: How do African cities navigate complex decision making during the climate change emergency (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

17/11
12:30-14:00
Scaling up local voices and solutions from informal urban settlements: Governance and finance models that advance climate justice and urban resilience (more info) Resilience Hub / Blue Zone No

17/11
13:00-13:45

Thriving – Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in a Changing Climate (more info)

Climate Action Space, World Bank Pavilion

 

17/11
13:30-15:00

The Pact for the Future of PLANET: a strategic vision to realise multilevel climate action (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

17/11
14:00

Marrakech Partnership Implementation Lab: Actionable Adaptation Plans (more info)

Lotus Room, Action Zone

 
17/11
14:00-14:45
Tackling Urbanization, Climate and Poverty in Cities through Circular Economy (more info) Action Hub, Blue Zone Yes
17/11
14:50-15:40
Leading Actions towards Zero Carbon Cities (OECD/Japan | more info) Japan Pavilion, Blue Zone  

17/11
15:00-16:30

Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Asia (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

17/11
16:30-18:00

Nature based solutions and circular development strategies to address the climate emergency in Latin America (more info)

Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

Yes

17/11
16:00-17:00

Sustainable mobility and climate recovery through BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)

Hall A, Green Zone

 

17/11
17:30-18:30

Moving towards Sustainable Urban Mobility: Perspectives from Africa, Latin America and the EU

European Commission Pavilion, Blue Zone

 
18 November 2022
18/11
13:00-15:00
Italian Academia and Climate Adaptation Planning Italian Pavilion, Blue Zone  

A general overview of all main events is available here. Additional to main and side events, several days have a thematic focus. These are the following:

  • 9 November: Finance Day
  • 10 November: Science Day / Youth and Future Generation Day
  • 11 November: Decarbonisation Day
  • 12 November: Adaptation and Agriculture Day
  • 14 November: Gender Day / Water Day
  • 14 November: SLOCAT Transport Day (more info)
  • 15 November: ACE* and Civil Society Day / Energy Day
  • 16 November: Biodiversity
  • 17 November: Solutions Day

* Some of the terms confuse you? At the end of the document, we try to explain some of them. 

During and after the event, we will write on some issues more in detail. This builds, among others, on ISOCARP’s involvement at the COP26 in Glasgow and its extensive reporting to its members. For this year, we are looking for reports that are published for or during the COP, as well as conducting a range of expert interviews. Are you around and available to share your take on urban issues at COP27? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find more up-to-date details on the LinkedIn page of Coordination Team member Tjark Gall.

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Glossary (in progress)

ACE: Action for Climate Empowerment

APEX: Advanced Practices for Environmental Excellence in Cities (more info)

Blue and green zone: The areas of the COP are organised based on access rights. The primary separation is into the blue and green zone. To access the blue zone, one needs an accreditation from the UNFCC. The green one is openly accessible (after registration). Negotiations and many official events take place in the blue zone, while many pavilions and side events are in the green zone. The private sector is formally only in the green zone and also there has only access if a sustainable mission can be proven.

DARAJA: Means ‘bridge’ in Swahili, DARAJA is a service and partnership that aims to improve weather and climate information services (WCIS) (Source: https://globalplatform.undrr.org/conference-event/daraja-inclusive-city-community-forecasting-and-early-warning-service)

GCoM: Global Covenant of Mayors (Source: https://www.globalcovenantofmayors.org)

IPCC AR6:  Sixth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Source: https://www.ipcc.ch/assessment-report/ar6/)

LGMA: Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency (Source: https://www.cities-and-regions.org/about-the-lgma/)

SURGe: Sustainable Urban Resilience for the Next Generation (SURGe) Initiative will be launched at the event.’ (Source: unhabitat.org/un-habitat-at-cop27

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Acknowledgements: Special thanks for the support to the Fondation CentraleSupélec, CentraleSupélec, and IRT SystemX. 

Disclaimer: All the information provided on this page are compiled with best intentions but might not always be the most recent or free of errors. They are compiled by Co