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Day 1 – Climate Emergency Mobilization Day

4 October 2021

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.

Further commitments on circular economy, nature, and mobility are evolving through numerous partnerships. Experiences from the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, the USA, as well as evolving efforts in South Korea and Japan, prove that practising numerous models of multi-level collaboration can support more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to achieve the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.

In its most recent report, the IPCC states that humanity is reaching irreversible tipping points with devastating effects for all life on this planet. The increase of extreme climate events in many parts of the globe highlights the need to apply a mindset of permanent emergency to the ongoing situation. Cities and regional governments need to advance from the declaration and commitment stages to solution-oriented actions and implementation. In doing so, they can inspire other jurisdictions to follow suit, and to put themselves at the forefront of the global movement to act on the climate crisis.

Day One of Daring Cities 2021 will therefore 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.

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