Daring Cities 2020 Program

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The Role of Transport in Urban Resilience: Responding to COVID-19, Climate Emergency and Other Crises

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Virtual Event

As governments focus their attention on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries, it will be of utmost importance that other priorities such as climate change or road safety are not scaled back. The fear is that the threat of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on public transport and prompt more people to choose individual car-based transport. But the world cannot accept further delays and cancellation of planned legislation and infrastructure implementations that impact on sustainable urban mobility. Post-COVID-19, cities will have to promote more sustainable pathways, in which economic development is decoupled from private motorization – in order to enhance the cities’ resilience of future crises. Previous crises have shaped how cities are planned and how people move in them. We have a window of opportunity to learn from the current pandemic and to build back better by making our mobility systems more resilient and responsive to crises.

Communication Skills to Battle the Climate Crisis: A TED Training

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Virtual Event

Strong communication skills have always been important - we all know this. But right now, as we race to solve the climate crisis, effective communication skills are more important than ever. There are ways to hone your communication skills in order to become a more persuasive and charismatic speaker and leader. Briar Goldberg, TED’s Director of Speaker Coaching and public speaking and strategic communications expert, will guide attendees in this interactive and reflective training.

Towards Adopting a Renewed Decision on Local and Subnational Governments at the Biodiversity COP

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Virtual Event

This event will take the form of a high-level political session, convened by ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center, and endorsed by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to discuss the critical role of local and subnational governments in the implementation of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which will be adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of the CBD in Kunming, China in 2021.
The event will challenge cities to be daring enough to not only making ambitious commitments to achieving the global climate agenda, but also to achieving the global biodiversity agenda.

Ambition through Participation: Citizens Driving Climate Neutrality

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Virtual Event

Civil society wants to be involved in the implementation of local climate goals – not only by demanding action from politics, but rather through joint action together with the municipality - because ambitious climate goals on a local level cannot be achieved by administration or politics alone. All citizens are needed to do so. To raise acceptance for climate policy, the participation of civil society is crucial. In this session we want to discuss how civil society itself drives the process of local climate policy, and how civil society and local administration co-operate in participation projects to achieve the best result for their city.

With Blockchain Technology and Digital Innovation Towards Climate Neutral Cities and Citizens

Virtual Event

To achieve the goal of climate neutrality, many cities have declared climate neutrality goals, but too often such goals don’t translate into political support and action of all relevant stakeholders and impact on the necessary scale.
With this digital innovation workshop, speakers will showcase digital innovation tools in the fields of data collection, citizen science, resource mobilization (digital municipal bonds) and gamification.

Disclosing Climate Governance Risk – Ignore This at Your Peril! (Session 2)

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Virtual Event

In response to climate emergency and other declarations, many cities have developed climate adaptation plans and are acting to build greater resilience to the impacts of climate change. But these plans are very often located in environment or climate change departments of the city structure and are not being applied to reduce climate risk across all city functions. But many managers of other core city functions are not yet aware of the risk climate change will create for the continued safe delivery of core services and governance of the city. This interactive workshop will be an opportunity for managers and policy makers from any local governments, other levels of government and public authorities to explore how to develop a climate policy or corporate standard based on the principles of climate risk disclosure.

Communication Skills to Battle the Climate Crisis: An Exclusive TED Training for Mayors and Staff

Virtual Event

Strong communication skills have always been important - we all know this. But right now, as we race to solve the climate crisis, effective communication skills are more important than ever. There are ways to hone your communication skills in order to become a more persuasive and charismatic speaker and leader. Briar Goldberg, TED’s Director of Speaker Coaching and public speaking and strategic communications expert, will guide Mayors and their staff in this interactive and reflective training. This event is by invitation only.

Report Launch: A Territorial Approach to the SDGs in Bonn, Germany

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Virtual Event

The city of Bonn and the OECD will launch the report “A Territorial Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals in Bonn, Germany”. Bonn has embraced the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as a framework to design, plan and implement the strategic goals of the city’s 2030 Sustainability Strategy to support its commitment towards areas like a low-carbon economy and international development cooperation. The Strategy seeks to address the main challenges faced by the city in terms of shifting to clean forms of transport and energy, expanding and maintaining green spaces and providing affordable housings. This commitment has accelerated with the 2019 City Council Statement declaring a Climate Emergency.

Communication Skills to Battle the Climate Crisis: An Exclusive TED Training for Mayors and Staff

Virtual Event

Strong communication skills have always been important - we all know this. But right now, as we race to solve the climate crisis, effective communication skills are more important than ever. There are ways to hone your communication skills in order to become a more persuasive and charismatic speaker and leader. Briar Goldberg, TED’s Director of Speaker Coaching and public speaking and strategic communications expert, will guide Mayors and their staff in this interactive and reflective training. This event is by invitation only.

Test Your Pitch

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Virtual Event

One of the main bottlenecks identified why local governments continue to be unable to access climate finance is the limited knowledge about the needs and requirements of funders. Furthermore, they rarely have the opportunity to engage with them directly. In a similar way, financial institutions encounter difficulties in identifying bankable projects from sub-national governments and have limited exposure to the wide range of projects that cities have, nor do they understand the challenges and obstacles faced by cities in accessing finance and funding.
This session aims to give tips and tricks of project pitching, highlighting the key elements and considerations, the DOs and DON´Ts, as well as giving practical advice.

Launch of Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR 2030)

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Virtual Event

MCR2030 will be a global partnership of actors with expertise in urban resilience, DRR, climate change and the SDGs.  It will provide a resilience roadmap for cities with defined commitments over time on how to improve local resilience.  MCR2030 will provide a suite of tools and knowledge guidance, from existing pool with partners that cities can use to better reduce risk and build resilience. It will promote regional networks of partners with strong links and implementation experience so that cities are connected into a movement that can support implementation of resilience measures. By 2030, MCR2030 aims to have increasing number of cities committed to reducing local disaster/climate risk and building resilience.