Addressing climate change, health, and equity at the Urban Pulse CityXChange Conference in Mexico City

The Urban Pulse CityXChange conference, held in Mexico City from May 15-17, 2024, brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to tackle pressing issues at the intersection of climate change, health, and equity. Organized in collaboration with the Resilient Cities Network and co-hosted by the Yale Center for Climate Change and Health (YCCCH), the three-day exchange featured discussions, workshops, and sessions focused on transforming challenges into actionable solutions. Representatives from cities across eight countries and four Mexican states shared their city-led initiatives to combat climate change and promote public health.

The conference’s primary objectives included discovering, designing, and amplifying scalable and impactful solutions; diagnosing needs and barriers to deploying climate, health, and equity solutions; and fostering a community of practice among urban stakeholders. Sessions focused on various topics, including climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience planning, mitigation actions with health co-benefits, and financing for climate action.

A highlight of the conference was the “Urban Pulse Research – Deep Dive” session led by Yale’s Jeanette Ickovics, the Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Daniel Carrión, assistant professor of Epidemiology. Both are affiliated with the Yale School of Public Health, where Ickovics is the Director of YCCCH’s Program on Climate Change and Urban Health, and Carrión is YCCCH’s Director of Education. Their session provided a comprehensive examination of climate, health, and equity across global cities, drawing on a detailed survey of over 150 cities and in-depth interviews with selected cities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Professors Ickovics and Carrión presented findings from the research, identifying common challenges and emerging opportunities for cities navigating the complex landscape of climate change and public health. The presentation emphasized the importance of evidence-based knowledge and innovative approaches, showcasing examples of successful resilience strategies and highlighting the critical role of equity in climate and health solutions.

The conference also featured a mix of presentations, workshops, and interactive sessions designed to provide participants with practical tools and knowledge. Key sessions included:

Overall, the Urban Pulse CityXChange conference underscored the urgent need for integrated approaches to climate and health resilience and showcased the power of collective action in creating sustainable urban environments. The participation and insights gained hold promise to help drive further discussion and set the stage for future advancements in this critical field.

To learn more, visit the Yale Center for Climate Change and Health website.