A range of climate change experts are coming to Sydney next month, including the lead negotiator behind the Paris Agreement to show ways how cities can take leadership in tackling carbon emissions.

Christiana Figueres, vice-chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC will be joined by the mayor of Vancouver Gregor Robertson at the City of Sydney’s CityTalks event at Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday 12 September.

Figueres, who helped bring together world leaders, corporations and NGOs to deliver the Paris Agreement on climate change, also saw 195 countries agree to limit future global warming to below 2°C.

Currently in his third term, mayor Robertson has overseen the implementation of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan that aims to make Vancouver an environmental leader and has implemented a 10-year plan to provide affordable housing units to Vancouver residents.

City of Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore said hosting these two world leaders will help the movement for climate change action.

“The mainstream debate on climate change is now about how we prioritise our work in the fight against destructive global warming to act fast enough to make a difference,” she says.

Figueres and Robertson will be joined by a panel of national thought leaders to discuss the role of government, business and society in creating a sustainable future for all.