About – Daring Cities 2024

Mayor of Bonn Katja Dörner – Welcome to Daring Cities 2024

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Under the theme “Powering collective action to respond to the climate emergency” Daring Cities 2024, co-convened by ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn, aims to serve as a pivotal platform for advancing multilevel and collective climate action through a holistic and integrated approach. 

Daring Cities 2024 marks the fifth iteration of the annual event, building on the legacy established since its inception in 2020. Our agenda is packed with dialogues, workshops, and high-level roundtables throughout the year, all aimed at promoting leadership, knowledge exchange, and the implementation of ambitious climate strategies towards the upcoming UNFCCC COP29 in Baku and COP30 in Belém.

This edition will facilitate in-person and online exchanges among policymakers, technical experts, and leaders from around the world to share knowledge, showcase innovative climate actions, and foster ambitious and unlikely collaborations. Daring Cities 2024 is designed to empower local and regional governments to become leaders in climate action, advocating for integrated solutions that address the interconnected challenges of the climate emergency, biodiversity loss, and urban resilience.

As Daring Cities 2024 unfolds, participants will engage in a series of dialogues, workshops, and high-level roundtables designed to bridge gaps between national and subnational climate actions. The event’s structure, built around the Know-Act-Lead approach, aims to elevate the discourse on climate action by providing a platform for sharing cutting-edge research, best practices, and innovative solutions. Key sessions will focus on the implementation of the Coalition for High Ambition Multilevel Partnerships (CHAMP) initiative for Climate Action, exploring ways to enhance collaboration across government levels and sectors, and identifying pathways for integrating local actions into national and international climate agendas.


The framework of Daring Cities 2024 is anchored in the three pivotal cornerstones of Reflect, Exchange, and Advocate. “Reflect” serves as the foundation, facilitating a period of introspection and assessment of past climate actions and outcomes, particularly those of UNFCCC COP28, to ensure a seamless transition into the current year’s initiatives. 

The “Exchange” cornerstone focuses on fostering dialogues and sharing insights across local and regional governments, technical experts, and policymakers, emphasizing the importance of multilevel collaboration and the dissemination of cutting-edge knowledge and effective climate action practices. 

Lastly, “Advocate” extends the reach of Daring Cities 2024 beyond its immediate community, empowering representatives to carry the event’s key messages into wider arenas, including major international environmental conferences, with efforts culminating at UNFCCC COP29. This phase of advocacy is critical for influencing and integrating local/regional climate action into national and global agendas.