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Daring Cities 2021 Day 3

6 October @ 09:30 - 18:00 UTC+2

Climate Emergency Leadership Day

The Paris Climate Agreement, adopted in 2015, introduced a new era for global climate action pursuant to its 1.5°C and climate neutrality goals, as well as embracing multilevel and multi-stakeholder collaboration. The first wave of national climate plans [i.e. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)] were not adequate to meet this challenge, as they were prepared before the Paris Agreement entered into force.

The UN Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021 is expected to kick-off the second phase of the Paris Agreement, with the submission of new and enhanced NDCs. These new and enhanced NDCs should be informed and guided by the ambition and potential of all levels of governments. They must respond to the emergency calls elevated by the latest scientific findings, as well as create the much needed synergy with a global deal for nature and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, they should incorporate lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic whilst ensuring social and intergenerational equity.

The Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency has called for COP26 and the second phase of the Paris Agreement to be the moment when multi-level and collaborative action becomes the new normal, enabling thousands of local and regional governments to fulfill their 2030 and 2050 commitments through the Race-To-Zero and Race-To-Resilience initiatives.

The second High-Level Day of Daring Cities 2021 will address perspectives for climate emergency leadership from local and regional governments, national governments, as well as global partners and civil society. The day will conclude with a special session honoring 25 years of work on sustainability by the United Nations in Bonn and of their collaboration with local governments, which will act as an opportunity to contribute to evolving consultations on the future of cities among the UN institutions.

 

SESSION 1: Multilevel and collaborative action (Part 1)

9:30 – 10:15 CEST (07:30 – 09:15 UTC)

In this panel discussion, representatives of national governments who have declared a climate emergency or enhanced their national climate ambitions towards 2030 and 2050, through revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), will discuss with local and regional government leaders what is needed at multiple levels to put words into action and deliver critical climate action that treats the climate emergency with the urgency it requires.

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • National-Subnational Dialogue
  • National government representatives
  • Local government representatives
  • Expert commentary
  • Wrap-up and overview of following sessions

 

SESSION 2: Ambitious local climate action

11:00 – 12:00 CEST (09:00 – 10:00 UTC)

Local and regional governments undertaking ambitious climate action to tackle the climate emergency can showcase their actions in brief pre-recorded statements.

Statements will showcase action that is either about to take place or is already underway, but not yet completed. Action should be already sufficiently financed, and part of the local or regional governments’ dedicated actions to address the climate emergency, not just “climate action as usual”.

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Ambitious local and regional climate action showcase
  • Wrap-up and overview of following sessions

 

SESSION 3: Multi-stakeholder collaboration

14:00 – 15:00 CEST (12:00 – 13:00 UTC)

Cities, towns, and regions are critical battlegrounds in the fight against climate change. Local and regional governments are well positioned to tackle these threats, however, they cannot, nor should they be expected to, take on this daunting challenge alone.

Organizations dedicated to tackling the climate emergency will commit their support to our Daring Cities, announcing the dedicated actions and steps they are taking right now to help further enable and accelerate urgent and ambitious climate action in cities, towns, and regions around the world.

Statements of commitment will clearly and concisely present the tangible support being provided to ambitious local and regional governments.

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Keynote: Supporting climate emergency leadership as a priority for development cooperation
  • Commitments of local climate action partners and enablers
  • Wrap-up and overview of following sessions

 

SESSION 4: Multilevel and collaborative action (Part 2)

16:00 – 16:45 CEST (14:00 – 14:45 UTC)

In this panel discussion, representatives of national governments who have declared a climate emergency, or enhanced their national climate ambitions towards 2030 and 2050 through revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), will discuss with local and regional government leaders on what is needed at multiple levels to put words into action and deliver critical climate action that treats the climate emergency with the urgency it requires.

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • National-Subnational Dialogue
  • National government representatives
  • Local government representatives
  • Expert commentary
  • Wrap-up and overview of following sessions

 

SESSION 5: Celebrating UNBonn25– The future of cities and regions in the era of inclusive multilateralism

17:00 – 17:45 CEST (15:00 – 15:45 UTC)

This year, the City of Bonn is celebrating the achievements and legacy of being Germany´s UN City, hosting numerous UN institutions.

Over these past 25 years, in addition to being recognized as one of the leading UN hubs for sustainability, the City of Bonn also championed global UN advocacy of local and regional governments through active engagement and has achieved remarkable outcomes at UN Conferences. Among these conferences are: the UN conference on desertification in 1999, on renewable energy in 2004, on biodiversity in 2008, on climate change in 2017, as well as at the annual Global Festival of Action and annual trainings for UN leaders and staff, to name a few.

Starting in 2010, ICLEI and the City of Bonn also hosted the annual Resilient Cities Congress, connecting local leaders and experts with global institutions on climate and sustainability. Through its ambitious plans on climate emergency, climate neutrality, disaster risk reduction, and biodiversity conservation, as well as its pioneering adoption of the Voluntary Local Review on Sustainable Development Goals in Germany, the City of Bonn has also demonstrated how global visions are transformed into local action.

The 25 year jubilee of the UN’s presence in Bonn coincides with the reform of the UN system and with UN-wide consultations on fostering more robust engagement with local and regional governments as a means to support the vision of inclusive multilateralism.