Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series: Urban Heat: Cities Taking Action


Jun 09, 2022


09:00 AM



Cities are heating up at twice the rate of global average warming due to the urban heat island effect and rapid urbanization. According to the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, extreme heat already kills up to half a million people per year, making it the deadliest weather-related hazard in an average year. With more cities facing record high temperatures and heatwaves increasing in number, it is important that we set an agenda to take collective action now making sure to keep the most vulnerable populations central to any solution.
The eighth Cities on the Frontline session of 2022, jointly organized by Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank, “Urban Heat: Cities Taking Action” will highlight the increasingly important role of heat in cities and how cities are affected by its multiple effects giving our audience an understanding how this phenomenon presents itself in different geographies around the world. Through interventions from the City of Cape Town and the City of Athens, we will share learnings about the work that cities are leading on the ground to build resilience and mitigate the effects of Urban Heat.
This session will feature speakers, Kurt Shickman, Director of the Extreme Heat Initiatives at the Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center, Amy Davison, Head of Climate Change at the Resilience Department of the City of Cape Town, and Eleni Myrivili, Senior Resilience Advisor and Chief Heat Officer for the City of Athens and Senior Consultant and Fellow at the Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center.
Cities on the Frontline is a virtual thought leadership speaker series. The series, which began in 2020 co-organized by the Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank Group’s City Resilience Program, provides city practitioners and the industries and residents that they support, an understanding and means for responding to the pandemic and associated stresses, as well as solutions for planning towards a more resilient recovery.
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