Daring Cities 2021 aims to accelerate responses to the climate emergency by building on the momentum and experiences gained over the past 12 months. The forum is conceived as a platform to inform local, subnational and national efforts, as well as global processes by strengthening partnerships, building capacity and enhancing knowledge exchange. The outcomes of these exchanges will be disseminated to further crucial gatherings and events throughout Urban October, before feeding into advocacy efforts at UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow this November.
The trajectory of Daring Cities 2021 is structured around three main cornerstones:
For Cornerstone I: Exchange, you can expect global, diverse perspectives from compelling urban leaders who have implemented bold climate action to their cities, towns and regions as a response to the climate crisis. Over five days, high level participants will speak on engaging and relevant climate-related topics and we will offer a variety of sessions across all time zones, with opportunities to tune in later and build capacity with offline content, as well as a a diverse array of engagement options. The compact core timeframe – just 5 days this year – concentrates our attendees together in a more conference-like setting, with ample opportunities for networking and exchange.
Urban October offers a rich agenda in the urban sustainability space. Urban October is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in our cities and towns. Each October, those interested in sustainable urbanization from national and local governments to universities, NGOs and communities are encouraged to hold or participate in a multitude of activities around the globe.
The month begins with World Habitat Day on 4 October 2021 (the first day of Daring Cities 2021), with a theme of Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world. Urban October ends with World Cities Day on 31 October 2021 with the of Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience.
Urban October is a chance to bring the Daring Cities message to the world stage. From the Innovate4Cities conference to the G20, we are developing opportunities to connect the outcomes of Daring Cities 2021 to the rest of the world.
With ICLEI acting as the focal point of LGMA constituency since the first UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) in 1995, including overseeing coordination of drafting inputs to the negotiations, mobilization of delegations and bridging the dialogue between the UNFCCC Secretariat and cities and regions, we will be able to bring the outcomes of Daring Cities 2021 to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.