From 6th – 7th July, Dr Sean O’Donoghue of the DAC Secretariat participated in the Urban Transitions in the Face of Climate Change workshop hosted by the Urban Climate Change Research Network European Hub at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. UCCRN is a network of researchers working with cities to better understand and respond to the impacts of climate change at the local level. UCCRN have established a number of Hubs in their Knowledge Network to implement the findings of their Second Assessment Report for Cities and Climate Change (ARC 3-2), for which a summary for policy makers is currently available and can be downloaded here. The Paris Hub was the first to be established, and through UPMC, organised and hosted the workshop. The DAC Secretariat gratefully acknowledges the support of the Institute de Ecologie et Environment for their support to attend this workshop. The Durban Hub was established in 2015, and provides support to the DAC Hub and Compact to guide adaptation implementation through co-generated applied research.
Following a productive two days of parallel workshops, three key focus areas emerged for the Durban Hub. The first of the three proposed focus areas is developing a model for implementing ARC 3-2 in cities; this model could be piloted within the Compacts through the development of GCF funding proposals. It is proposed that this implementation is supported by capacity development for city officials and other stakeholders through the development of a Masters Degree programme in sustainability and climate change. It is proposed that in this second key focus area that city officials who are responsible for this type of work and who do not yet have an MSc degree join the summer school (for European students) who will spend two weeks in a host city like Durban learning about African climate change issues. It is expected that this will be a mutually beneficial arrangement with the partner universities from Europe with city officials expected to produce a work-related report as a requirement for attaining their degree. The final key area is a proposed reality check workshop at the IPCC Climate Change Conference in Edmonton, Canada in 2018. The idea of this workshop will be to use the presence of the world’s best climate change researchers to explore critical areas of work relating to the DAC Hub and Compact implementation.