Cities around the world face losses related to deadly heat waves each year. People living in cities and towns are disproportionately impacted because urban areas are generally hotter than the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately most of the losses go unnoticed and thus heatwaves are rarely considered in policies and plans. This needs to change. As climate change makes heat waves more frequent, longer and hotter, city leaders, humanitarian agencies, and the private sector should implement measures to protect our cities from unprecedented heat risks. This session will chronicle progress and define a roadmap towards beating the heat in cities.
Host: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre