Daring Cities 2020 Program

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Daring Cities 2020 Opening: Session 1

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Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and President of ICLEI will welcome participants to Daring Cities 2020 and highlight the need and intention for such a virtual forum. Special addresses from António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, along with H.E. Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary Secretary of State, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as representatives of the federal government of Germany and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, will further contextualize the criticality of this moment for decisive multilevel action in response to the climate emergency. An interactive dialogue among local and regional leaders will address efforts and specific challenges being faced by all levels of government. They will emphasize the critical role that towns, cities, 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. They will also pay special attention to the need to embrace different contexts, conditions and multilevel governance structures in tackling the climate crisis. ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin will present an overview of the 3-weeks of global mobilization through the intense agenda of Daring Cities Forum which includes 4 Plenaries, 90+ Deep-dive sessions, 10+ Side events. The session will conclude with a closing address from Armin Laschet, Minister-President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Daring Cities 2020 Opening, Session 2

Virtual Event

ICLEI Secretary General will introduce the concept of multilevel dialogues on Know-Act-Lead as the Daring Cities approach. A panel of local leaders together with executives of Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the UN Environment, the UN Habitat will then discuss the critical importance of knowing more, acting better, and daring to lead in tackling the climate crisis. The second panel will kick-off with the keynote address by Aromar Revi focusing on the importance of current and upcoming reports and processes under the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to ensure effective synergies between sustainable urban development and  climate emergency. Dr. Xiamoeng will be invited to comment on the mechanisms to enhance the capacity of the research community to respond such challenges. Representatives of civil society will then highlight how innovative models and approaches of citizen engagement can support political leaders and administrations to adopt and deliver ambitious commitments in addressing climate  emergency. The Opening Plenary will be concluded by Daring Cities host Ashok Sridharan.