COP28 | Building partnerships to deliver climate action in cities


Community Jameel and The King's Foundation jointly host a roundtable event, Building partnerships to deliver climate action in cities on 1 December 2023 at Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai, during COP28. The event convenes high level representatives from UN-Habitat, Commonwealth governments and organisations, youth and student groups and donors to build partnerships, raise awareness and explore evidence-based solutions towards climate action in cities.

The event includes high level presentations from five key speakers followed by a roundtable discussion with 25 participants. This impact-driven event acknowledges the Declaration on Sustainable Urbanisation and leverages insights from Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and The Prince's Foundation's University of Oxford-partnered research to advance multi-level government action and evidence-based policy innovations.

Sahaab room, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai
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Ben Bolgar

Senior director, The King's Foundation

Maimunah Sharif

Executive director, UN-Habitat

Lucy Slack

Secretary-general, Commonwealth Local Government Forum



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About the event

Cities account for over 70% of global CO2 emissions. In the last 25 years, the world's urban population has doubled while the urban emissions footprint increased 2.4 times. By 2050 the global urban population is expected to nearly double again with a predicted tripling of urban emissions. Shaping sustainable urban growth and significantly reducing urban carbon emissions is a critical challenge for the world's cities.

'Building partnerships to deliver climate action in cities' elevates the discussion on urban carbon emission reduction and mobilise action in response to cities' climate change challenges through evidence-based programmes and policy innovations.

Event agenda

Welcome and introduction

Cléa Daridan, Community Jameel - Opening remarks and introduction to Community Jameel's work with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and C40 on health and cities

Ben Bolgar, The King's Foundation -Introduction to the event and speakers, followed by short film presentation

High level presentations

Maimunah Sharif, Executive director, UN-Habitat - Cities as agents of climate action, the role of UN-Habitat with Commonwealth partners, localisation of SDGs and looking ahead to WUF12

Minister, Government of Rwanda - Green City Kigali initiative and strategies for secondary cities

Lucy Slack, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Local Goverment Forum - Accelerating climate action through multi-level government cooperation and the pivotal role of local government in delivering practical action and public services

Minister, Government of Bangladesh - The need for action in secondary cities, risks from rising sea levels and aligning priorities of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)

Minister, Government of Samoa - Challenges of sea level rise and the importance of sustainable urban development and localised climate action

Roundtable discussion and summary of outcomes

An hour-long discussion comprising 25 participants representing Commonwealth organisations, youth, partner agencies and donors highlighting examples of practical climate action initiatives cities are implementing with particular focus on projects with potential for scaling and replication and time dedicated to profiling new commitments, exploring outcomes and determining key actions.

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