Aligning climate and health goals in cities from a sustainability perspective/

Organiser: The Bartlett Scholl Of Planning

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17 May, 2023


The Bartlett Scholl Of Planning




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Climate change represents a formidable challenge to cities around the world with profound implications for almost every area of policy and urban activity. It is impacting millions of people’s health by changing weather patterns, affecting food and water supplies and air quality, as well as the nature of disease and society as we knew it. Hence, the benefits and trade-offs of aligning climate and health goals in the city are increasingly explored by academics and policymakers alike, with emerging evidence showing that climate and health policy goals not only can contradict or compete against each other when a narrow approach is taken, but also can undermine other policy and/or wider sustainability goals such as equality, justice and prosperity for all. The event looks at these issues and more and discusses how the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework can offer an integrated, coherent and holistic approach to align specific goals in cities, in this case climate change and health, while acknowledging connections with others.

Organisers: Prof Catalina Turcu (Bartlett School of Planning) and Sarah Chaytor (UCL Public Policy)

This online event is organised under the umbrella of the UCL SDG Research Accelerator. Please register via Zoom by clicking the link above.

14:00 – 14:15 Introduction Catalina Turcu (BSP) and Sarah Chaytor (UCL Public Policy)
14:15 – 15:15 Invited Speakers Francesco Fuso-Nerini (KTH Royal Institute of Technology); Tara Keck (UCL Biosciences); Kate Roll (Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose). More TBA
15:15 – 15:45 Discussion All speakers

About the Speakers

Dr Francesco Fuso-Nerini

at Royal Institute of Technology

Francesco Fuso-Nerini is Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockhom and Director of KTH Climate Action Centre. His focus is on addressing multi-disciplinary sustainable development related issues – including how future climate change and action, energy choices, and AI will affect the achievement of the sustainable development goals. Francesco has worked at several leading institutions on energy and climate issues, such as University College London, the International Energy Agency, the Payne Institute for Public Policy, and Melbourne University.

Prof Tara Keck

at UCL

Tara Keck is Professor of Neuroscience at UCL Division of Biosciences and Vice-Dean (International) in the Faculty of Life Sciences at UCL. Her research focuses on the neuroscience of healthy ageing and ageing related diseases, with her recent work considering the role of loneliness and mental health in healthy ageing. She has worked in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region to characterise risk factors and potential interventions for loneliness in older people, with consideration for the role of environment, both built and natural. Her work broadly examines the interactions of mental health with community and how these communities can be harnessed to address the SDGs in a sustainable way. She is an Expert Member of the UNFPA’s International Advisory Panel on Population and Development.

Dr Kate Roll

at UCL

Kate Roll is a political scientist and Associate Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, where her research looks at the intersection of technology, development and sustainability. Recent work has focused on understanding the politics of the SDGs and how they can be incorporated into policy. In 2021, Dr Roll established the UK hub for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN UK), a network of universities supported by the United Nations. As Chair of SDSN UK, she co-led research for the UN Global Compact Network’s Measuring Up 2.0 report, a fresh review of the UK’s performance against the 17 UN SDGs and their associated targets.

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