Leading by example – 1

Monday 4 October 2021

12:30 – 13:30 CEST (10:30 – 11:30 UTC)

According to the Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation in Action (CEDAMIA) initiative, as of June 2021, 2000 local governments in 34 countries have declared a climate emergency.

In addition, through the Race-to-Zero and Race-to-Resilience initiatives led by the UNFCCC High Level Climate Action Champions, hundreds of cities, towns and regions are now committing to climate neutrality and climate resilience towards 2050, including setting ambitious midterm targets to be met by 2030. Day one of Daring Cities 2021 will put an emphasis on the necessity to act and lead by example. As 4 October is World Habitat Day, the sessions are also designed as a means to contribute to the day’s chosen theme of “Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world” and its particular focus on the Race-to-Zero.

This session will share exemplary cases of local and regional leaders who have not only declared a climate emergency, but are also rapidly advancing in much needed action. Cases will be selected to present a range of inspiring approaches and regional diversity.

Run of Show

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Fireside chat: Cities leading the way toward net-zero targets
  • Cities and regions leading through action: Engaging and empowering the community
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Wrap-up and overview of following session


  • Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General and Regional Director for South Asia, ICLEI
  • Yeom Tae-Young, Mayor of Suwon, South Korea; East Asia Representative at ICLEI Global Executive Committee
  • Ahmad Zabri Bin Mohamed Sarajudin, Acting Director of Urban Services Department, Seberang Perai Municipal Council, Malaysia
  • Vera Revina Sari, Acting Governor for Spatial Planning and Environment, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Cheng-Ta Hsieh, Deputy Mayor, New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei (tbc)
  • Dario Nardella, Mayor, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy (tbc)
  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)