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About Daring Cities

The climate emergency is happening right now, in our cities, towns and regions around the world. Our global leaders are struggling to address this urgent crisis. But the daring actions of local leaders are spreading around the globe.

Created by ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn, Daring Cities is a virtual, action-oriented forum to recognize and empower courageous urban leaders – including mayors and other decision-makers, technical staff, researchers, private sector representatives, and community organizers – to disrupt business-as-usual and shift towards business-as-possible. Daring Cities showcases and catalyzes exemplary local climate action to tackle the climate emergency, including ambitious resilience-building and climate mitigation efforts.

The Context: Heading into Daring Cities 2021

The first edition of the Daring Cities Forum, convened virtually in September 2020, created a significant awareness on the importance of urban leaders taking on the climate emergency while facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The experiences of communities, leaders, and institutions in responding to the challenges and opportunities of a global health emergency arguably might be considered as valuable assets to respond to the global climate emergency at various levels of government.

A decade of success: The Resilient Cities Congress

Daring Cities builds upon the experience and network established during the Resilient Cities Congresses convened annually from 2010 to 2019 by ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn.

Resilient Cities gathered urban practitioners, policy makers and researchers working in urban resilience and climate change adaptation. It built an active, informed, and committed community and played a key role in mainstreaming urban resilience in global agreements and processes.

During the 10 years of the Congress, thousands of experts from over 80 countries actively participated in and collaborated on hundreds of capacity-building sessions.

The approach

The Daring Cities 2021 global virtual forum is comprised of high level and visionary speakers, a series of informative workshops and personal networking opportunities in 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 and beyond.

Daring Cities 2021 builds on the three key approaches of Daring Cities 2020:

  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, 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.