The 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), taking place from 7 -13 February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be the first global event to focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. Under its theme of “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda”, WCRP participates with CitiesIPCC partners in a side event on the science-policy interface to promote science-based climate action for cities. Deon Terblanche, Acting Director WCRP and Director of WMO Research, will speak on behalf of WCRP to provide an overview on expected scientific outcomes of the 2018 Science Conference on Cities and Climate Change (CitiesIPCC: 5-7 March in Edmonton, Canada) and associated research initiatives for urban climate.

The side event will bring together representatives from scientific bodies, governments, subnational administrations as well as urban and climate change practitioners in order to advance climate action based on science, practice and policy. Its outcomes will be streamlined with the research agenda of the CitiesIPCC Conference to improve scientific knowledge and stimulate research toward effective and efficient urban responses to climate change. The results will also lead to suggestions for input to the products of the IPCC. The conference will establish a global research agenda aimed at informing policies and practices adopted by practitioners and policy-makers.