The Global Virtual Forum for Urban Leaders Taking on the Climate Emergency

7-28 October 2020 | Online


A new virtual experience for urban leaders tackling the climate emergency in the time of Covid-19

In light of the ongoing developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn are transforming Daring Cities 2020 into 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, we will offer 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.

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The current challenge: Taking on the climate emergency

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.

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 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.


Why Bonn?

ICLEI Member since 2000, the Federal City of 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.

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A three-part structure

  1. Know: Presenting the most cutting-edge research and information on climate change and its impact on cities, including health. 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, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery, from adaptive and resilience-building measures to climate change mitigation efforts.
  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

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