Daring Cities 2020 Program

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Enabling Circular Economy through Reduction and Scientific Management of Plastic Waste

Zoom
Virtual Event

The session is organised by ICLEI South Asia and Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) and aims to deliberate on opportunities offered by circular economy measures and identify concrete actions to catalyse a transition to a circular economy and address the growing plastic waste menace. The session will also highlight the crucial role played by the private sector in driving the development of innovative business models, packaging design, materials and technologies in line with the circular economy. The outcomes envisaged from the session include:

• Establish the need for an effective waste management infrastructure to implement the waste hierarchy, upscale the cycling of plastics in the economy, and prevent leakage into the environment.
• Improve political and public awareness of the impacts of plastic pollution in the environment
• Explore opportunities for recovering the value of plastic as a resource through circular economy tools by engaging public and private sectors

UN75 and beyond: Inclusive Multilateralism and Voluntary Local Reviews (VLR) as a Tool

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Virtual Event

On the occasion of 24 October the UN Day, the event is designed as a dialogue among urban leaders and UN officials to explore the innovative options to seize the opportunities of the urban world in order to deliver the prospects of an inclusive multilateralism towards 2030 with a specific focus on Voluntary Local Reviews as an innovative tool. The event will also host the official release of the Voluntary Local Review of City of Bonn which will be the basis of a discussion on options of multilevel collaboration in the preparation of Germany´s second Voluntary National Review to be submitted to the UN in 2021.

Disclosing Climate Governance Risk – Ignore This at Your Peril! (Session 2)

Zoom
Virtual Event

In response to climate emergency and other declarations, many cities have developed climate adaptation plans and are acting to build greater resilience to the impacts of climate change. But these plans are very often located in environment or climate change departments of the city structure and are not being applied to reduce climate risk across all city functions. But many managers of other core city functions are not yet aware of the risk climate change will create for the continued safe delivery of core services and governance of the city. This interactive workshop will be an opportunity for managers and policy makers from any local governments, other levels of government and public authorities to explore how to develop a climate policy or corporate standard based on the principles of climate risk disclosure.

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

Virtual Event

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.

Report Launch: A Territorial Approach to the SDGs in Bonn, Germany

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Virtual Event

The city of Bonn and the OECD will launch the report “A Territorial Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals in Bonn, Germany”. Bonn has embraced the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as a framework to design, plan and implement the strategic goals of the city’s 2030 Sustainability Strategy to support its commitment towards areas like a low-carbon economy and international development cooperation. The Strategy seeks to address the main challenges faced by the city in terms of shifting to clean forms of transport and energy, expanding and maintaining green spaces and providing affordable housings. This commitment has accelerated with the 2019 City Council Statement declaring a Climate Emergency.

A Nexus Approach to Nature’s Multiple Benefits to Build Resilience in Urban Areas

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Virtual Event

There appears to be a natural and synergistic intersection or ‘nexus’ between (1) urban nature, (2) climate mitigation and adaptation and (3) the health of urban communities. Why is it then that we don’t observe more frequent and large-scale investment in urban nature? Despite wide acknowledgement of the multiple and intersecting benefits of nature to urban societies, the operationalization of these co-benefits and the body of evidence to support the value of urban nature, is lagging behind. Given the challenges and limitations to adopting NbS and investing in urban nature, we are interested in the following question: Can a nexus approach, based on nature’s co-benefits, generate new insights to leverage greater interest and investor confidence in urban nature?

How to Implement Ambitious Climate Policies – Lessons from WWF’s One Planet City Challenge

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Virtual Event

WWF has reviewed the most successful cities in its latest round of the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) and identified what they have in common that enables them to implement ambitious climate policies. Together with representatives from leading OPCC cities, we will share these insights and discuss the practical challenges of implementing and maintaining ambitious climate policies.

With participation from nearly 600 cities from over 50 countries, a science-based analytical framework and a high-level international jury, the OPCC recognizes and rewards cities that lead on climate action around the world, and provides guidance on how to align their action with Paris Agreement goals.

Multi-level Governance as Key to Successful Climate Action

Webex
Virtual Event

The Daring Cities conference aims to showcase the boldest cities taking ambitious action to combat climate emergency. Diversity of urban experiences opens up the design of innovative solutions, and cooperation is a stepping stone for scaling up sustainable actions, allowing complementary expertise to come together to reach common targets. Cooperation of this kind is productive... Read More

Scaling Urban Climate Finance for a Green, Sustainable Recovery

Zoom
Virtual Event

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

Virtual Event

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

Zoom
Virtual Event

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

Zoom
Virtual Event

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.