About Daring Cities 2020

The climate emergency is happening right now, in our cities, towns and regions around the world. Our global leaders are failing 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.

Why Bonn and the Bonn Talks?

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.

Daring Cities will be held concurrently with the annual UN Bonn Climate Change Conference, rescheduled in October. Urban leaders will engage with national representatives during Daring Cities, ensuring that multilevel, productive exchange is a vital part of the program.

Daring Cities’ preview, scheduled for 5 June, coincides with World Environment Day and this year’s Beethoven Pastoral Day, an initiative celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday and connect his 6th Symphony (the Pastoral) to nature preservation.

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.