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.

From Nexus Thinking to Nexus Action in Food-Water-Energy-Waste Management

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Virtual Event

Research-policy-practice interfaces are critical in shaping environmental governance as they allow for exchanges, co-evolution and joint construction of knowledge and practices between various stakeholders. This session focuses on (1) effective research-policy-practice interface in nexus approaches toward promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation, (2) the linkage between city-led research and evidence-based decision making in the context of Food-Water-Energy-Waste nexus, and (3) the path from research-driven policy making to science-informed local action in cities as well as showcasing a success story in Global South.

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.

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.

Nature-Based Solutions in South America: Engaging Multiple Stakeholders

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Virtual Event

Although the concept of Nature-Based Solutions is not disseminated in South America compared to other contexts, there are already some successful experiences of NBS implemented locally as a way of improving biodiversity and addressing critical issues that affect urban system functionality, mainly including basic social problems such as poor sanitation and building urban resilience to threats such as floods and landslides. This event aims to connect and provide a space for dialogue and exchange of experiences for the stakeholders involved with NBS implementation, monitoring and dissemination in South America in order to foster this agenda in the region. It is also an opportunity to discuss and showcase how Nature Based Solutions can contribute locally to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

A Nexus Approach to Nature’s Multiple Benefits to Build Resilience in Urban Areas

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Virtual Event

There appears to be a natural and synergistic intersection or ‘nexus’ between (1) urban nature, (2) climate mitigation and adaptation and (3) the health of urban communities. Why is it then that we don’t observe more frequent and large-scale investment in urban nature? Despite wide acknowledgement of the multiple and intersecting benefits of nature to urban societies, the operationalization of these co-benefits and the body of evidence to support the value of urban nature, is lagging behind. Given the challenges and limitations to adopting NbS and investing in urban nature, we are interested in the following question: Can a nexus approach, based on nature’s co-benefits, generate new insights to leverage greater interest and investor confidence in urban nature?

Multi-level Governance as Key to Successful Climate Action

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Virtual Event

The Daring Cities conference aims to showcase the boldest cities taking ambitious action to combat climate emergency. Diversity of urban experiences opens up the design of innovative solutions, and cooperation is a stepping stone for scaling up sustainable actions, allowing complementary expertise to come together to reach common targets. Cooperation of this kind is productive... Read More

@BonnGlobal: Forests – Multifunctional Solutions for Resilient Cities

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Virtual Event

Urban forests, as well as parks and trees in public and private spaces, play an important role in addressing environmental, economic and social challenges. In this session, we will introduce the variety of “services” urban forests provide to cities and their inhabitants in four different world regions (from Barcelona to Beijing). You will also learn about activities taking place in Bonn, which has been awarded European Forest City 2020. Finally, we will focus on examples of how local governments work together on urban forestry by integrating local stakeholders as part of the CLEARING HOUSE project, the first Sino-European research project on urban forests.

Healthy High Altitude Pasturelands for Sustainable Development in Downstream Cities

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Virtual Event

Degradation of high altitude pasturelands and forests due to climate change and anthropogenic pressures impacts critical ecosystem service flow to cities downstream. Ecologically restoring these pasturelands will enhance sustainable development in downstream cities. The event will highlight the role of critical ecosystem services from high altitude rural areas for sustainable urban development, thereby showcasing the need to restore degraded pasturelands to maintain the flow of the ecosystem services.

Creating a Culture of Climate Action: City and Regional Arts, Culture and Heritage Offices Mobilizing to Meet the Climate Emergency

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Virtual Event

Culture and heritage give voice to equity, creativity, values, memory, spirituality, and tradition across both time and space, themes that are essential for transformative change in cities. And yet, the role of culture in climate action is not well understood. This gap is evidenced by a practical reality: while the culture and heritage sectors are important institutions in many communities, their expertise is not well mobilized in support of climate action. Increasingly, however, arts, culture and heritage agencies of cities and regions are flipping this paradigm.

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.