ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn welcome you to Daring Cities, a virtual, global forum on climate change for urban leaders taking on the climate emergency. Daring Cities is designed to empower urban decision-makers – such as mayors, city councilors, administrators, and urban thought leaders, as well as national government representatives, researchers, technical staff, business leaders, civil society decision-makers and community organizers – to lead in the climate emergency.
A special welcome from Katja Dörner, Mayor of Bonn, opened Daring Cities 2021, with Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines and ICLEI President, bringing the week-long urban sustainability forum to a close with reflections on its success and outcomes.
With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, every sector of society across every corner of the globe has been turned upside down, and the work to address climate change is being reprioritized, interrupted or delayed. Local and regional governments have had to redeploy sustainability resources to ensure immediate safeguarding of their residents and employees.
On the international level, we are experiencing major disruptions of the global climate process.
But climate science hasn’t changed. The climate emergency is still happening right now, in our cities, towns and regions around the world.
“The climate emergency requires swift, decisive action in an urgent timeframe, yet national and international leaders are struggling to address this urgency through comprehensive action. Cities, towns and regions are undertaking the ambitious and urgent local climate action to help tackle the climate emergency. But they cannot do it alone. We have demands for national governments, fellow local and regional governments, and broader civic society that need to be met in order to achieve the level of climate action necessary to limit climate change before it reaches dangerous tipping points. Daring Cities 2021 will help us to articulate these demands.”
Katja Dörner, Lord Mayor of Bonn
An ICLEI Member since 2000, the Federal City of Bonn has been the seat of the ICLEI World Secretariat and twenty other UN agencies, as well as the co-host of the ten editions of the Resilient Cities Congress.This year, Bonn is celebrating 25 years as Germany’s United Nations city. Bonn has developed into an internationally renowned location of the UN and a hub for sustainable development.
Daring Cities 2021 is co-designed by the Federal City of Bonn. ICLEI Member since 2000, the Federal City of Bonn is the seat of the ICLEI World Secretariat, and Lord Mayor Katja Dörner currently serves on the ICLEI Global Executive Committee as Co-Chair of the Climate and Low Emissions Portfolio. The City is constantly working on improving its sustainable performance by adopting local action programs, successfully establishing forms of cooperation with cities all over the world and by launching activities that advance sustainable development.