Daring Cities Program

Scaling Urban Climate Finance for a Green, Sustainable Recovery


In this event session, we will bring together key stakeholders from local authorities, city networks, think tanks, as well as, financial institutions to exchange knowledge on the challenges of increasing municipal revenues and opportunities in preparing climate-friendly infrastructure projects in cities for a green recovery.

Communication Skills to Battle the Climate Crisis: An Exclusive TED Training for Mayors and Staff

Strong communication skills have always been important - we all know this. But right now, as we race to solve the climate crisis, effective communication skills are more important than ever. There are ways to hone your communication skills in order to become a more persuasive and charismatic speaker and leader. Briar Goldberg, TED’s Director of Speaker Coaching and public speaking and strategic communications expert, will guide Mayors and their staff in this interactive and reflective training. This event is by invitation only.

@BonnGlobal: Forests – Multifunctional Solutions for Resilient Cities


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.

Test Your Pitch


One of the main bottlenecks identified why local governments continue to be unable to access climate finance is the limited knowledge about the needs and requirements of funders. Furthermore, they rarely have the opportunity to engage with them directly. In a similar way, financial institutions encounter difficulties in identifying bankable projects from sub-national governments and have limited exposure to the wide range of projects that cities have, nor do they understand the challenges and obstacles faced by cities in accessing finance and funding.
This session aims to give tips and tricks of project pitching, highlighting the key elements and considerations, the DOs and DON´Ts, as well as giving practical advice.

Supporting Resilience in Accommodation Services


Tourism represents an important industry in many parts of the world and is reported to contribute to the global GDP in the order of approximately 10%. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted global tourism like no other event in the past and many actors in the field of tourism struggle with the survival of their businesses. While the focus currently lies on “survival” and acute crisis management, long-term adjustments to crises and disasters seem necessary. Climate change and the increasing frequencies with which extreme events occur pose a major risk for tourism in the future. But how can resilient tourism be achieved?

Healthy High Altitude Pasturelands for Sustainable Development in Downstream Cities


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.

Decarbonizing Cities: How To Build Coalitions And Get People On Board


Decarbonization cannot be successful if it undermines social justice and security, and more than anything, it will require buy-in from the general population and many influential actors. This could, for instance, be achieved by involving arts and film to create and tell new narratives about desirable cities. New coalitions will have to be built in society, and there has to be a general consensus that reducing carbon emissions is a worthwhile endeavor. In this panel, we want to discuss the potential of activating these new actor constellations and new approaches to trigger social change towards zero carbon cities. Ideas and best practices on how to engage formal and informal urban influencers, for example through culture and art, to form and sustain novel urban coalitions will be shared and discussed.

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


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.

Continuing the Learning: Leaving a Legacy of Partnerships at Local Level


This session will bring together local government officials, academics and members of both initiatives in an interactive panel-style session. Panellists will reflect on the following questions:
• In your opinion, what are some of the biggest barriers and opportunities to “continuing the learning”?
• How do these learning model fit local level knowledge needs?
• Could the EPIC model represent a transformative paradigm for the way that universities operate and relate to the needs of local governments and communities where they reside?
• What is the reaction of local government officials and community leaders to both the EPIC and FRACTAL process?
• How important is building relationships/connections between different disciplines? Can you please expand by giving examples/cases?

Renewable Energy in Cities: Opportunities for Green Growth through Recovery Packages


The event showcases the opportunities that renewables present for cities to achieve a wide range of objectives, including fighting air pollution, improving public health, mitigating climate change and how cities can enable the transition to renewables. The Corona pandemic makes the importance of a clean and resilient energy system even more evident. This event brings in perspectives for green recovery of energy systems in cities and communities.

Launch of Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR 2030)


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.