This October, ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn are excited to welcome you to Daring Cities 2020, a virtual, global forum on climate change for urban leaders tackling the climate emergency, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Daring Cities 2020 will run from 7-28 October 2020, offering an online array of high level and visionary speaking sessions, a series of informative workshops and personal networking opportunities. Over a three-week period, attendees will have access to a variety of virtual formats to accommodate different topics, time zones, internet bandwidth limits, and languages. The event will help to set the course to COP26, Daring Cities 2021 and beyond.
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. COP26 is now delayed until 2021. Regional Climate Weeks have been canceled and the regular mid-year negotiations in Bonn usually in June have been postponed.
But climate science hasn’t changed. The climate emergency is still happening right now, in our cities, towns and regions around the world.
“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 online this October for Daring Cities 2020 and get empowered to scale up your action and leadership.”
Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and ICLEI President.
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. Bonn’s Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan is currently serving as ICLEI President.
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Daring Cities invites urban leaders from around the world who are pushing boundaries in their own contexts to come together online for a three-week period of idea exchange on how to take on resilience and mitigation in the time of urgent climate and health crisis. Urban leaders from around the world are invited to be a part of this productive and action-oriented virtual event.
Daring Cities 2020 is co-designed by the Federal City of Bonn. An ICLEI Member since 2000, Bonn has been the seat of the ICLEI World Secretariat, while Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan currently serves as the President of ICLEI. Bonn 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 in the field of education for sustainable development.