The Bonn Forum for Urban Leaders Taking on the Climate Emergency

3-5 June 2020 | Bonn, Germany



In light of the ongoing developments around the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing risk to global public health, ICLEI World Secretariat, together with the Federal City of Bonn, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), and the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), is currently exploring alternative solutions for Daring Cities 2020 internally and will communicate any decisions shortly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to your planning. We kindly ask for your understanding in such a difficult moment and thank you for your commitment and support.

The current challenge: Taking on the climate emergency

Climate science, as well as the increasing frequency of natural disasters around the world, demonstrate that climate change is already creating devastating impacts for the whole of human civilization. From droughts and wildfires to rising sea levels and climate refugees, the potential cost of not acting quickly and decisively to address climate change and prepare for the impacts is enormous – especially for our cities, towns and regions.

At the same time, our citizens are mobilizing themselves, and our cities, towns and regions are responding to their calls for immediate, large-scale action.

For local governments by local governments

“As Mayors, we witness the impacts of climate change in our own cities. We are driven by scientific evidence and our citizens mobilizing in the streets, while many of our national governments still struggle to raise ambition. We local governments are determined to answer the call of emergency, to be the ones daring to take the lead on climate action. Join me in Bonn this June for “Daring Cities 2020” and get empowered to scale up your action and leadership.”

Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and ICLEI President.


Why Bonn? Why June?

ICLEI Member since 2000, Bonn has been the seat of the ICLEI World Secretariat and other twenty UN agency, as well as the co-host of the Resilient Cities Congress’ ten editions. Bonn’s Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan is currently serving as ICLEI President.

Daring Cities will be held concurrently with the annual UN Bonn Climate Change Conference, taking place in June. Urban leaders will engage with national representatives during Daring Cities, ensuring that multilevel, productive exchange is a vital part of the program.

Daring Cities’ last day, 5 June, coincides with World Environment Day and this year’s Beethoven Pastoral Day, an initiative celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday and connect his 6th Symphony (the Pastoral) to nature preservation.

Learn more

A three-part structure

  1. Know: Presenting the most cutting-edge research and information on climate change and its impact on cities. These discussions will further support the IPCC Cities Research Agenda and the IPBES process.
  2. Act: Showcasing exemplary local climate action from around the world in addressing the climate emergency, from adaptive and resilience-building measures to climate change mitigation efforts. Optional technical site visits will further show such measures’ implementation in the State of North-Rhine Westphalia.
  3. Lead: Facilitating action-oriented discussions with key global partners, including the UNFCCC and COP Presidencies, on delivering the Paris Agreement through collaborative, multilevel action, while highlighting implementation and finance.

Dare to act

Apply today to participate at Daring Cities 2020 on 3-5 June in Bonn, Germany. Applications will be reviewed for completeness. Confirmed delegates will receive one pass to Daring Cities 2020.

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