TACKLING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE
GCoM’s three initiatives address the compelling need for research, innovation, technical assistance, and city-level intelligence to help cities contribute to a global climate solution. These initiatives, Innovate4Cities, Data4Cities and Invest4Cities, focus on developing the next generation of knowledge, data, tools and technical support through which local policymakers can tackle sustainability challenges.
A city-led research and innovation initiative that identifies specific data, information and technology priorities and works with governments, academia, business and other partners to drive investment in these areas and thus enables cities to meet their full climate and sustainability ambition.
Following the Paris Agreement, cities have been on an accelerated journey to harness data to empower big bets on climate action, including the development of the Global Covenant of Mayors’ Common Reporting Framework. This initiative builds the technological capacity and evidence to show the importance of city action and the need for future investment in cities.
The Invest4cities initiative aims to enhance and accelerate cities and local governments’ access to domestic and international financial investment in projects critical to the realization of their GCoM commitments.
INNOVATE4CITIES – A Global Climate Action Accelerator: Research and Innovation Priorities
With the Paris Agreement coming into force, and the associated commitment of 197 nations around the world, including the European Union, to limit global warming to well below 2o C, governments are beginning to understand the urgency of the climate change crisis.