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Daring Cities 2021 Day 1

4 October @ 10:00 - 18:30 UTC+2

Climate Emergency Mobilization Day

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.

 

SESSION 1: The necessity to act now – 1

10:00 – 11:00 CEST (08:00 – 09:00 UTC)

This session will discuss the difference between ongoing climate action and action in a state of climate emergency, as well as the critical dimension of urgency, the need to act now and the significant risks of inaction.

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Keynote: The climate emergency – The necessity to act now
  • Fireside chat: Putting words to action – Beyond declaring a climate emergency
  • How to accelerate urgent climate action: What cities and regions need
  • Making the most of Daring Cities 2021
  • Wrap-up and overview of following sessions

SESSION 2: Leading by example – 1

12:30 – 13:30 CEST (10:30 – 11:30 UTC)

Exemplary cases of local and regional leaders who have not only declared a climate emergency, but are also rapidly advancing in much needed action. Cases will be selected to present a range of inspiring approaches and regional diversity.

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Fireside chat: Cities leading the way toward net-zero targets
  • Cities and regions leading through action: Engaging and empowering the community
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Wrap-up and overview of following session

SESSION 3: The necessity to act now – 2

15:00 – 16:00 CEST (13:00 – 15:00 UTC)

This session will discuss the difference between ongoing climate action and action in a state of climate emergency, as well as the critical dimension of urgency, the need to act now and the significant risks of inaction.

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Keynote: The climate emergency – The necessity to act now
  • Fireside chat: Putting words to action – Beyond declaring a climate emergency
  • How to accelerate urgent climate action: What cities and regions need
  • Making the most of Daring Cities 2021
  • Wrap-up and overview of following sessions

SESSION 4: Leading by example – 2

17:30 – 18:30 CEST (15:30 – 16:30 UTC)

Exemplary cases of regional leaders who have not only declared a climate emergency, but are also rapidly advancing on 2030 targets towards climate neutrality by 2050, with innovative practices on integrating nature-based solutions and building on their experiences dealing with the COVID-19 emergency. The need, importance, and benefits of building partnerships within communities will also be highlighted.

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Fireside Chat: Inclusive urban governance for climate emergency
  • States and regions leading toward net-zero targets
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Wrap-up and overview of following sessions