Event Documents



Climate change is one of the greatest challenges that humanity faces today. Its effects are already being felt worldwide, from rising temperatures and sea levels to extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods. These changes are causing significant impacts on people’s lives, livelihoods, and the environment.

Urban areas are at the forefront of the fight against climate change. With around 55% of the world’s population living in urban areas and this figure projected to rise to 68% by 2050, cities are responsible for around 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, cities are also driving innovation and collaboration for climate action.

Cities have a unique opportunity to promote sustainable development and combat climate change. Urban innovation can accelerate the transition to low-carbon, resilient, and livable cities. By promoting circular economy principles, adopting smart technologies, increasing energy efficiency, and switching to renewable energy, urban areas can reduce their environmental footprint and become more sustainable and resilient.

Urban innovation can also help cities adapt to the impacts of climate change. Cities can implement nature-based solutions, such as green roofs, green walls, and urban forests, to reduce the urban heat island effect and improve air quality. Innovative transport solutions, such as bike-sharing schemes and electric vehicles, are already reducing emissions and improving urban mobility in cities. By adopting these innovations, the quality of life in cities can improve, while contributing to the fight against climate change.


The 2023 edition of Bridge for Cities on “Accelerating Climate Action through Urban Innovation” seeks to bring together urban stakeholders from cities along the Belt and Road and beyond to discuss the latest urban development solutions and explore how urban innovation can drive climate action and create more sustainable, resilient, and livable cities.

The event will showcase examples of climate action and urban innovations in the area of circular economy, energy, and technology

It will highlight the critical role of partnerships between cities and other urban stakeholders, including the business sector, international organizations, financial institutions, think tanks and academia, to address the urban challenges

The event will put a special emphasis on financing urban transformation and climate action, through innovative approaches and collaboration with financial institutions and climate funds

By fostering collaboration and innovation, the event aims to contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future for cities and the planet


Through its many activities, including the high-level opening ceremony, mayors dialogues, exhibition, city matchmaking sessions and cultural performances, the event provides ample opportunities for participants to forge partnerships and exchange knowledge.

4 – 5 September 2023

Vienna International Centre

Central European Time (CET)

4 September

10:00 – 11:00

Opening Ceremony

11:00 – 12:15

From Urban Heat to Cool 15-Minute Havens: Advancing Climate Action in Cities
A Fireside Chat with Eleni Myrivili and Carlos Moreno

12:15 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:20

Mayors Dialogue 1 
Accelerating industry decarbonization for inclusive and sustainable cities

15:20 – 15:40


15:40 – 17:00

Mayors Dialogue 2
Advancing innovation and partnerships for a net zero transport 

18:00 onwards

 Reception hosted by the City of Vienna (by invitation only)

5 September

09:45 – 10:45

Mayors Panel: Climate initiatives driving positive social and economic transformation

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:15

Deep Dive Session: Sharing solutions to common urban challenges

12:15 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 16:00

Roundtable: Financing urban transformation and climate action

16:30 onwards

Reception at VIC Restaurant (by invitation only)

Organization Team

Mr. Jie Zhao

Chief of Regional Coordination Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNIDO

Mr. Kanishka Rathore

Partnerships and Coordination Expert, Regional Coordination Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNIDO

Mr. Francesco Azzena

Project Administrator, Regional Coordination Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNIDO

Ms. Sofya Parfenova

Project Associate, Regional Coordination Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNIDO

Mr. Ming Zhang

Team Assistant, Regional Coordination Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNIDO