Urban informality & inequality – a call for global climate justice

The event, organised by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), in partnership with Cities Alliance and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will bring together international speakers and audience members from local and city governments; central governments; research communities; and civil society to discuss climate justice and the importance of taking account of the cumulative risks created by conditions of urban informality, inequality and climate vulnerability in developing effective responses to climate change. We will identify priorities for action and the role that researchers, civil society actors, city governments and policy makers can play in strengthening local action for sustainable climate justice.


Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Joanes Atela, Convener Africa Research and Impact Network, Director Partnerships African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya
Harriet Bulkeley, Professor of Geography, Durham University, UK.
Vanesa Castan Broto, Professor of Climate Urbanism, University of Sheffield, UK
Sonia Dias, Waste Specialist, WIEGO, Brazil
David Dodman, Director, Human Settlements, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK
Aníbal Gaviria, Governor of Antioquia, Colombia and President of Cities Alliance
Heike Henn, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Rubbina Karruna, Regional Cities & Infrastructure Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK
Rose Molokoane, Vice-President Slum Dwellers International, South Africa
Greg Munro, Director, Cities Alliance (Chair)
Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments

The event will be held concurrently in person and online, with an interactive panel discussion. It will offer an opportunity to help shape critical policy and research priorities for addressing climate change equitably in cities – where informality and inequality are the reality. The event will help shape priorities for research and local action to ensure better chances of achieving urban climate justice.