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.

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.

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.

Bold Circular Development as Daring Climate Action

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This event will address two challenges that cities face during their transition to a circular and zero-carbon city: industrial waste circularity and food waste recovery. In the first part, four cities will share their actions and circular economy projects on the industrial waste streams and how the measures contribute to cities’ climate action goals. In the second part, two mega cities in southern China will share their strategies and flagship projects for a more sustainable urban food system, especially on the consumption pattern and nutrients recovery. Speakers will demonstrate cases and evidence of how local circular economy actions can contribute to global climate change.

The Role of Digitalization in Climate Resilience: Transforming Local Responses to Climate Change

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Digital tools are useful for wide range of activities, such as understanding climate data, assessing variability, predicting extreme weather events, or climate change’s socio-economic impacts. They can also enable an efficient, transparent, decentralized decision-making processes, while also supporting decision-making processes for sub-national governments. By addressing conventional challenges in an unconventional way, digitalization can boost adaptation capacity and climate resilience for communities in both more and less developed regions.

Water & Sanitation: What Is a ‘WOP’ and How Does It Help To Tackle Climate Crisis?

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Collaboration through Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) are helping water utilities face the COVID-19 crisis and are a cost-effective way to not only share experiences, but to strengthen long-term capacity and improve service delivery. The event will discuss the implications of the climate crisis on water utilities in cities around the world and how, drawing on the experiences from the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises, utilities can strengthen their preparedness and adapt to the climate crisis using a WOPs approach. The event will also provide technical resources and offer opportunities for engaging with the GWOPA network, city and utility leaders and development partners, especially in the upcoming WOPs programme supported by the European Commission.

Robust Data for Effective Climate Action

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This event aims at outlining the importance of data reporting for aggregation and analysis to track the local climate action towards the achievement of the national and international commitments for addressing climate change. It will showcase the value of having robust climate data and knowledge available to support decision-makers in climate planning. Having clean measurable and comparable data could support the development of strategies and policies to increase the ambition towards emission reduction targets, thus helping governments track the achievements of their NDC goals. The CDP – ICLEI Unified Reporting System constitutes a valuable solution for local governments to report their climate data to track their climate action progress.

Financing Climate Compatible Development

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The lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic unveiled the deep vulnerabilities and unpreparedness of the urban system, healthcare and economy to absorb sudden shocks. As the cities begin to unlock and plan for post-pandemic recovery, it's a wake-up call for our social and financial systems to be better prepared for the long-term climate crisis. There is a need to focus on the climate agenda, even in the midst of the pandemic, so that investments can be routed toward sustainable infrastructure, green jobs, and environmental resilience. Policy makers and decision-makers have an important role to play in orchestrating a recovery that addresses the current crisis, while building a strong foundation to tackle climate change.

100% Renewable Energy Roadmaps – Contributing To The Global Energy Transition

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This informative and interactive session will showcase subnational leadership, sharing experiences from committed cities and counties that aim for achieving climate neutrality through their 100% Renewable Energy Roadmaps. Key steps in the Roadmaps will be explained, exploring how to prioritize actions in the transition to 100% renewables and available support addressing subnational governments. This session also addresses the process of planning, zooming in on how local governments are developing their 100% Renewables Roadmaps. Outcomes:
• Attendees learn about approaches taken by local governments in effectively embracing the energy transition, from setting 100% RE targets to planning the shift from low to zero carbon development.
• Participants gain insights into key steps in the development of 100% RE Roadmaps, based on shared experiences from leading cities/counties and other experts.
• Showcasing progress made in the 100% Renewables: Cities and Regions Roadmap Project funded by the German International Climate Initiative.
• Gain an insight into the Global 100% RE Cities & Regions Network and available support for local and regional governments.

EcoLogistics: Achieving Low Emission Urban Freight Transport

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Have you ever wondered about the journey of the morning coffee you brew or buy from a store; how did it reach from the coffee estates to your cup? Global freight demand is estimated to triple between 2015 and 2050 and the ability to move goods efficiently has become the lifeblood of economic development, particularly in cities which generate over 80 percent of global GDP and an estimated 75 percent of global emissions (ITF 2019). Freight transport forms the backbone of today's global economy. This panel will discuss trending solutions in the field of urban logistics and the need to explore the sector which otherwise is neglected compared to passenger transport. EcoLogistics project initiated by ICLEI has conducted studies in 9 cities in Argentina, Colombia and India. Local governments’ representative will discuss the status quo from project cities.