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Daring Cities 2021 Day 2

5 October

Check here all the sessions scheduled for Daring Cities 2021 Day 2.

SESSION 1: I’ve declared a climate emergency, now what do I do?

09:00 – 10:00 CEST (07 – 08:00 UTC)

A climate emergency declaration or declaring a climate emergency is an action taken by governments and scientists to acknowledge humanity is in a climate emergency. The first such declaration was made in December 2016. Since then over 1,900 local governments in 34 countries have made climate emergency declarations.

This session bring practitioners in the field of climate which are monitoring or participating in the declaration of Urban Climate Emergency and will share their vision behind motivations, uses and outcomes of such process.

Organizing partners: ICLEI World Secretariat

SESSION 2: Research and innovation addressing the climate emergency

10:30 – 11:30 CEST (08:30 – 09:30 UTC)

Research is essential for carrying out informed action in response to the present climate emergency. The key to implementing successful and effective climate action is to execute city-led research which generates robust knowledge which speaks to the needs of local and subnational governments.

As suggested by the newly published IPCC report (AR6) which has been described as a “code red for humanity”, there is no route back from some of the damage already caused to the global systems. However, some changes could be slowed, and others could be stopped entirely by limiting warming. With climate change impacts intensifying at an alarming rate, reactions must be immediate and forceful. The report also suggests that unless there are immediate and large-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, limiting warming to 1.5° will be beyond reach. To avoid missing this only opportunity to limit warming to 1.5°, we must take urgent and bold climate action by the end of this decade. To do this, research and innovation can and should take center stage in promoting emergency climate actions at all local, national and international levels through a number of ways such as providing city level models and data, flexible target setting methods, the provision of proxy data, the development of actionable knowledge across different sustainability themes and topics, and innovating new approaches, tools, and methods to help communities to respond to the climate emergency in a timely and efficient manner.

At this workshop, a panel of leading researchers and innovators will engage in a discussion with participants relating to how the research and innovation community and actors can deliver much 3 needed knowledge, data, and information to support responses to climate emergency by the end of this decade.

SESSION 3: Climate crisis – Who must bear the burden?

(TBC) 12:00 – 13:00 CEST (10:00 – 11:00 UTC)

First Panel of the @BonnGlobal series in the framework of #UNBonn25, jointly hosted by SÜDWIND Institute and Germanwatch

Who should pay for climate protection and climate adjustment? What is the role of cities in tackling the climate emergency? How can they shape a climate-just future together and with other stakeholders? We provide answers to these questions from a wide range of perspectives:
Representatives of the City of Bonn and New York City show the scopes of cities, Christoph Bals from Germanwatch presents the civil society’s perspective and Irene Knoke from the SÜDWIND Institute articulates demands from a development research point of view.
Finally, Peruvian farmer and mountain guide Saúl Luciano Lliuya represents a community directly affected by climate change: the glacial lake above his hometown Huaraz is growing and the risk of fatal flooding is imminent. Since 2015, Saúl Luciano Lliuya, supported by Germanwatch, has therefore been suing the energy giant RWE, Europe’s second largest CO₂ emitter, demanding that they take responsibility starting with financing protection for Huaraz and its people.

We will work out how to break down the enormous global climate injustice to the city level. The goal is to find concrete measures and international cooperation paths for cities in climate protection. Participants will benefit from a diversity of perspectives, drawing from both the internationality and local experience of organizations rooted in the UN city of Bonn.

Organizing partners: City of Bonn, ICLEI, SÜDWIND and Germanwatch

SESSION 4: Prioritizing climate emergency throughout the municipality

15:00 – 16:00 CEST (13:00 – 14:00 UTC)

All over the world, the number of climate emergencies is increasing. Urged by scientists and a growing sense of urgency in the public, over 2000 national, regional and local governments expressed their ambitions to take action publicly by declaring/acknowledging climate emergency, with many others following swiftly in upping their decarbonisation targets to 100% RES or aiming for climate neutrality.

Going beyond a more publicity stunt, this has been shown to have a positive effect on how measures and decisions are put in perspective to their potential climate impact. This also has an influence on day-to-day working practices within the city and can lead to a more harmonised approach to local policy making under the umbrella of a climate emergency.

This workshop will explore why and how cities are declaring climate emergencies. Specifically, we will look into how doing so can foster cooperation between different departments and how declaring a climate emergency could lead to more concrete and more ambitious action. At the same time, the session will consider why not all cities might chose to declare a climate emergency.

Examples will be provided from Covenant of Mayors signatory cities.

SESSION 5: Driving finance for urgent climate action

17:00 – 18:00 CEST (15:00 – 16:00 UTC)

The Leadership for Urban Climate Investment (LUCI) framework was formed with the core idea that there are multiple barriers along the infrastructure value chain that can be addressed through collaboration between relevant initiatives. To raise ambition and measure progress, LUCI elevates and tracks the impact of members of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance to support (1) 2000 cities with strengthened project preparation capacity, (2) 1000 urban climate smart infrastructure projects brought to bankability and financed, and (3) 100 innovative financing mechanisms – all by 2025.

This session during the 2021 Daring Cities conference will demonstrate progress on the financing of urban climate smart and resilient infrastructure projects, while making clear the need for an urgent scaling of climate finance in cities. Finance-oriented LUCI initiatives will come together to discuss supply side opportunities and constraints alongside further upstream LUCI initiatives with the goal of supporting cities to address the climate emergency.