Daring Cities 2020 Opening: Session 1

Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and President of ICLEI, together with Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, will welcome participants to Daring Cities 2020 and highlight the need and intention for such a virtual forum. Special addresses from the United Nations Secretary-General, the Executive Secretary of United Nations Climate Change and German federal representatives will further contextualize the criticality of this moment for decisive multilevel action in response to the climate emergency. An interactive dialogue among local, regional and national leaders will address efforts and specific challenges being faced by all levels of government. They will emphasize the critical role that cities, towns and regions play in regards to the climate emergency, both in being on the frontlines, as well as being active parts and co-creators of the innovative solutions needed.

Daring Cities 2020 Opening, Session 2

UNFCCC COP26 President-Delegate Alok Sharma will open the session highlighting the key issues on the table for the international climate discussions, emphasizing the important role that local and regional governments have in helping to raise the level of ambition being set by the national governments through proven, on-the-ground action. A panel of local leaders together with UN executives with then discuss the critical importance of knowing more, acting better, and daring to lead in tackling the climate crisis. A keynote address will focus on the importance of daring leadership and informed policy making to drive forward the ambitious climate action needed to keep the planet within the 1.5 degree threshold, with a response provided by a dialogue among youth representatives, discussing the level of climate ambition being pursued by current global leaders and the impact this has for current and future generations. Daring Cities host Ashok Sridharan will conclude the day by providing an outlook towards the sessions and events to follow in the next three weeks of Daring Cities 2020.

Knowledge Brokering for Climate Compatible Development

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As we move towards adopting climate compatible development practices, there is a growing demand for climate information and knowledge that requires a dynamic and collaborative response. However, with the plethora of information available, it is incredibly challenging for decision-makers to access the right kind of information and its applications. In this session, we will explore how we can improve access to reliable information and robust methods for decision-makers, urban practitioners and researchers, particularly in developing countries, and enhance their ability to make well-informed decisions based on high quality, comprehensive data, information and knowledge and share lessons and experience.

Exploring the Linkages Between the Global Climate and Nature Advocacy Agendas

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We are at a critical point in the history of our planet, where urgent action is needed to secure our collective future. Biodiversity is diminishing at unprecedented rates, and the global climate is changing faster than ever before. Cities are part of the problem, but are also the solution, as it is at the local and subnational level where actions to solve both crises can be deployed most effectively. It is also at the local and subnational level where the impacts of these crises are most felt, and where the cost of inaction will be the greatest. The biodiversity and climate crises are both crises in their own rights, but are inextricably linked. Instead, many of our climate adaptation and mitigation solutions lie in nature. Learn how cities are central to addressing both the climate and biodiversity crises and those daring cities who are committed to integrate climate and nature considerations in local planning and development processes, thereby making significant contributions to achieving both global agendas simultaneously.

Roadmap For Sustainable Mobility In Côte D’Ivoire By 2050

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This session will present the Roadmap for Sustainable Mobility in Côte d’Ivoire by 2050, elaborated by the Climate Chance Association in with the Paris Process on Mobility and Transport (PPMC – which is part of the MP-GCA), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and the Observatory of African Mobilities (OMA), and, the modelling of greenhouse gas reduction data compared to a business as usual scenario if this roadmap is to be adopted. The panel will discuss how this roadmap has contributed to the Ivorian strategy on mobility and transport, and how it could possibly contribute to the NDC of Côte d’Ivoire in the run-up to COP26.

Introducing CitiesWithNature to Daring Cities for Climate Resilience

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Nature provides immense value and multiple benefits to urban communities. Daring cities are those who are leading the way on ambitious local action- not only for climate, but for nature too. The loss of nature is a global crisis in its own right, and cities are not only part of the problem, but are also key to the solution. Now is the time for cities and regions to act with unprecedented ambition to secure our increasingly urban future. Our solutions lie in nature. CitiesWithNature is a global partnership initiative co-founded by ICLEI, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and The Nature Conservancy. CitiesWithNature provides a space to celebrate and showcase best practice from around the world. You will leave with a better understanding of how their city can become a city that is daring enough to demonstrate their commitment to nature, including the value of joining CitiesWithNature partnership initiative, and information on how you can be a part of inspiring a global movement to enhance the value of nature in and around our urban areas. We dare you to join us to hear more about this exciting initiative and learn how your city can join today!

Innovative Climate Finance Case Studies

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This peer exchange session brings together city representatives and financial experts to share experience on using innovative financing tools. What works? How do you find the right tool? What lessons have been learned in projects that already have been implemented? The session also provides a platform where local governments can interact with financial experts, helping each other to better understand how to find and use innovative financing tools such as green bonds, revolving fund, energy performance contract or crowdfunding for their climate project.

Prioritizing Equity in Local Climate Action

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The economic impacts of the current Covid-19 crisis have only seen social inequalities grow as they have hit already vulnerable groups especially hard. Consequently, a growing political consensus is forming globally that daring climate action needs to systematically incorporate social equity considerations. This session will showcase how cities have been integrating equity frameworks into their climate planning and which innovative tools and approaches they have developed to ensure implementation. In all cases, collaboration with residents and local stakeholders is a key component to ensure different needs are considered and no one is left behind on the path to more climate-friendly urban environments.

#Daring Youth: We Dare You To…

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This fun and collaborative session is for young people (youth, students, early-career professionals) who want to imagine daring visions of future cities. These “daring visions” will be written in a collaborative short-story format to push the boundaries of the ICLEI 5 development pathways, and form part of a #DaringYouth Statement: a collective vision of city futures to guide and inspire the urban leaders taking on the climate emergency. Participants will be asked to write a short-story about the future addressing one significant sustainability problem faced by their city.

Minimizing Climate Risks Through Comprehensive Planning – Reducing Exposure and Vulnerability in ‘Urbanizing Cities’

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The World is getting urbanized, half of the cities that would exist in 2050 are being built. Therefore, now is the time to have and practice the ‘comprehensive’ understanding of the climate change risks, its drivers and abettors. While the hazards such as sea level rise, water scarcity etc. have drawn the attention of urban practitioners and researchers, in this session, we aim to bring attention to equally important factors that can exacerbate the exposure and vulnerability to such hazards and therefore enhancing climate change risks. We would discuss possible pathways for cities particularly those in the Global South to reduce such exposures and vulnerabilities.

Inclusive Cities – The Next Generation

In the framework of the Daring Cities Conference 2020 and on the occasion of the retirement of Prof. Günter Meinert, GIZ, the event will provide food for thought and impulses for an updated narrative on inclusive cities. Senior urbanists will share their experiences on core issues of inclusive cities through the decades. Young urban professionals – "the next generation" – will present their views on inclusive cities in a rapidly changing and fluid context.
The event aims first at motivating urban professionals to rethink the concept of inclusive cities, its values and paradigms, core issues and approaches; and ultimately to engage also operationally with inclusive cities.

Vision and Pathways Related to Circular Cities

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This event is to share the innovative pathways for the world’s cities which could lead the world towards an environmentally sustainable future. This guide is needed even more now with the world still suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and many of the world’s biggest and most vibrant cities most affected by this terrible virus. COVID-19 sends us an important message, that a healthy planet is essential for us to maintain our own health. It’s time to take stock of how we damage nature now and how we can build back better so that nature is central to how cities function and thrive in the future.