Daring Cities Program

The science behind setting an urban 1.5°C-aligned target


The Cities Guide for Climate Science-based Targets for cities was developed by a core of ‘cities’ partners CDP, C40, Global Covenant of Mayors, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Backed by months of technical research and testing, the guide assesses and explains three science-based climate target methodologies and their technical criteria. It advises cities on which methodology to use and how to use the methodologies to determine interim and net zero targets.

It’s about water! Local water action for climate change adaptation in urban areas


12:00 - 13:00 CEST (10:00 - 11:00 UTC) Climate change impacts cities in manifold ways and often affects water resources: floods and other natural hazards damage urban infrastructure, drinking water quality can deteriorate, and pressure on surrounding water-based ecosystems can increase. The Bonn Water Network (BWN) invites you to its session at the Daring Cities... Read More

Research and innovation take center stage in the climate emergency


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 needed knowledge, data, and information to support responses to climate emergency by the end of this decade.

Land value capture: Leveraging land for financing climate action


This session will explore the key principles underpinning Land Value Capture (LVC) and policy discussions on the impact climate adaptation and mitigation measures may have on property values, examples for the application of land value capture instruments across the world, and paths towards quicker adoption and implementation of LVC to finance key components of the climate agenda in an inclusive manner. Attendees will actively discuss ways to seize opportunities to implement LVC and to deal with challenges facing subnational stakeholders, while they use LVC to finance climate adaptation and mitigation measures.

Day 5 – 2030 Visions Day

Cities and regions collectively share their vision of their community in responding to climate emergency in 2030, and the steps that will need to have been taken to make it a reality. Cities and regions presenting their visions will represent the various regions of the world, showcasing the diversity of urgent climate action needed in... Read More

Accelerating action and advocacy on climate emergency (I)


The sessions will start by presentations of Daring Cities 2021 outcomes; namely, a compendium of good practices and Advocacy Demand Catalogue on urban leaders tackling climate emergency, through Daring Cities philosophy of Know More-Act Better-Lead Together. The presentations will be supported with additional comments and inputs from global partners.

Accelerating action and advocacy on climate emergency (II)


We conclude the week with 2030 Visions Day. The first goal of the day's program aims to wrap up achievements of the week-long activities. It will also map the journey in the coming weeks for Cornerstone 2: Disseminate throughout Urban October and Cornerstone 3: Advocate at the UN Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26), as well as towards the UN Decade of Sustainability for 2030.

How to start using climate and net-zero aligned clauses in your contracts


Public procurement is vital to the achievement of climate neutrality targets set by governments around the world. This workshop gives procurers the opportunity to get introduced to the Net Zero Toolkit by the Chancery Lane Project, which can be used by subnational governments that have committed to the Race to Zero and ICLEI’s Climate Neutrality... Read More

Making Cities Resilient 2030: Leaving no municipality behind


This session will highlight how MCR2030 increases a city’s access to knowledge; resources/markets; partnerships; networks; and regional and global recognition. In particular, it will focus on the importance of strengthening coordination between local and national government. It will also showcase the role of vibrant networks and partnership between cities, including the development of City Resilience Hubs that provide inspiration and services to other local governments.

Moving goods: Low carbon action plan for urban freight


What does it mean to move goods in and around cities in a post-pandemic scenario? The substantial rise in E-commerce, which will result in 36 percent more delivery vehicles in the inner cities by 2030 (WEF, 2021) has put cities and companies to rethink transport infrastructure. As such, many cities have recognized the importance of... Read More

Climate resilience insurance for cities: The way forward


This session presents the relevance and challenges of insurance mechanisms in supporting vulnerable communities in urban areas to cope with impacts from more intense and frequent extreme events. It exposes the rationale of insurance for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation as well as lessons learnt from past projects to enhance new programmes. This event... Read More

The path to finance: How to pitch climate projects – TAP Asia-Africa pitch event


The TAP Asia-Africa Pitch Event is a unique opportunity to learn about financing sources and improve project pitching skills.

To provide a better understanding of technical assistance and funding opportunities, first a panel of international financing institutions and project preparation facility providers will give an overview of existing sources and practical examples on how to access these.

Following, eight TAP projects developers will pitch their project to a jury composed by representatives from the finance sector. This will help not only them, but also other project developers attending the event to understand the gaps and weaknesses of the project concepts,and gain insights into the criteria and expectations of financial partners.