Creating joint visions for desirable urban futures: Together for just zero-carbon cities

02:15 PM to 03:00 PM (CEST)

Together for just zero-carbon cities

Moving from knowledge to practical climate action is challenging, as goals might seem unreachable. At the same time, cities and their inhabitants have to deal with other,
supposedly more urgent challenges. The session will discuss how to build narratives of decarbonisation that relate to different audiences.

By exploring ways to create visions for desirable urban futures for all, this event will seek to inspire climate action and showcase concrete ideas of how socially just decarbonisation processes can be triggered and accelerated.

MAIN CONVENOR: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)
CO-CONVENOR: United Nations University –Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU –EHS) 



Dr. Simone Sandholz | Head of Urban Futures and Sustainability Transformation Programme, United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Simone Sandholz leads the Urban Futures & Sustainability Transformation Programme at UNU-EHS. She has more than fifteen years of experience in research, policy, and capacity development on adapting cities and regions to impacts of global change and natural hazards.

Panel Discussion

Dr. Hugo Daniel Isaak Zepeda | General Urban International Coordinator, General Directorate of Liaison with Civil Society Organizations, Foreign Affairs Ministry of Mexico

Dr. Hugo Isaak comprises of more than 17 years in public administration, including in public security, environment, housing and mobility. Besides, he is a lecturer and expert in the design and implementation of public policies and development for the creation of smart cities and sustainable habitat.

Dirk Wilutzky | Independent Filmmaker

Dirk Wilutzky is a film producer and director. In 2015 he won the shared Academy Award for the documentary Citizenfour. Currently he is filming a series of short documentaries to inspire new narratives of desirable urban futures, as part of a project on “Transformative Urban Coalitions”. 

Tomás Reverter | Territorial Coordination in the Integral Re-Urbanization Project of Villa 20, Housing Institute of the City of Buenos Aires (tbc)

Tomás Reverter works in the Territorial Coordination unit of the Housing Institute of the City of Buenos Aires. Tomás has been working closely with IIED-AL and collaborating with IIED through a project on developing strategies that lead to socially inclusive zero-carbon cities in Latin America.

Dr. Flávia Guerra | Senior Researcher, United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Dr. Flávia Guerra is a senior researcher at UNU-EHS. In her research she focuses on developing and implementing methodologies and tools to drive socially just low-carbon urban pathways including by developing new narratives of sustainable urban futures.