What is Innovate4Cities?

The Innovate4Cities initiative will focus on specific cities’ research and innovation needs, exploring ways to incorporate these priorities into national research agendas. These efforts will be synthesized into the first-ever cities driven research and innovation agenda to be delivered at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The aim of this initiative is to catalyze the scientific advances necessary to better equip cities with the intelligence and tools to drive even more ambitious climate action.

Innovate4Cities Focus Areas

Science and Research

  • Produce significant momentum to produce climate change science and innovation research on- and for cities
  • Drive evidence-based action and innovation related to climate change and sustainability in cities
  • Create demand for detailed downscaled climate models  and social science on urban systems that cannot be met with current knowledge and global climate models.

Innovation and Technology

  • Tomorrow’s innovations must help cities to significantly reduce their emissions while making them more resilient.
  • Opportunities must be scaled to help cities catalyze, pilot, and procure new technology.
  • Unique partnerships and implementation models need to create solutions for cities of all scales and enhance access to technology globally, not just for well-resourced cities.

City Data Gaps

  • Still significant data gaps for cities to measure, plan, and monitor mitigation and resilience actions.
  • Key data is difficult to access or even disaggregate from the national level.
  • Need for accurate data so policymakers, researchers and civil society can acquire the necessary knowledge and justification to pursue and analyze recommendations concerning mitigation and adaptation policy.

Contribute to Innovate4Cities:

City officials to submit their suggestions, needs, data gaps (either through e-mail or through a form submission) – submit to


Building the Innovate4Cities Agenda

3. – 4. Mar

Change for Climate Roundtable

Edmonton / Canada

26. – 28. Apr

ICLEI resilient cities congress

Bonn / Germany

5. May

GCoM South Asia launch event / R&I Workshop

New Delhi / India

21. – 25. May

Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial (Cities Event: 5/23)

Malmo / Sweden

08. – 11. Jun

US Conference of Mayors – regional covenant meeting

Boston / US

19. – 23. Jun

ICLEI world congress

Montreal / Canada

25. – 29. Jun

United Nations Asia-Pacific Climate Week

Singapore / Singapore

27. – 29. Jun

Climate Chance

Abidjan / Ivory Coast

29. – 30. Jun

GCoM Africa partners meeting

Abidjan / Ivory Coast

05. – 07. Jul

1st UCLG intermediary cities world forum

Chefchaouen / Morocco

20. – 25. Aug

UN LACA Climate week

Montevideo / Uruguay

12. – 14. Sep

Global Climate Action Summit

San Francisco / US

26. Sep

One Planet Summit follow up meeting (alongside Bloomberg Global Business Forum)

New York / US