Daring Cities 2020 Program

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Resilience Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction for the Unexpected

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Virtual Event

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the limited resilience of our cities and has stressed the need to plan better to reduce risks, while focusing on post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. In a way, the crisis has been an opportunity to rethink the way we plan, design, develop and manage our cities, to make sure better prepared to protect everyone when the next emergency arises.

Countdown: Global Launch

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Virtual Event

To make progress on climate action we need to collaborate on a global scale - and your community has an important role to play. On 10.10.2020, Countdown will launch globally with a virtual event, and attendees of Daring Cities are invited to join this inspiring and motivating event.

Bold Circular Development as Daring Climate Action

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Virtual Event

This event will address two challenges that cities face during their transition to a circular and zero-carbon city: industrial waste circularity and food waste recovery. In the first part, four cities will share their actions and circular economy projects on the industrial waste streams and how the measures contribute to cities’ climate action goals. In the second part, two mega cities in southern China will share their strategies and flagship projects for a more sustainable urban food system, especially on the consumption pattern and nutrients recovery. Speakers will demonstrate cases and evidence of how local circular economy actions can contribute to global climate change.

The Role of Digitalization in Climate Resilience: Transforming Local Responses to Climate Change

Zoom
Virtual Event

Digital tools are useful for wide range of activities, such as understanding climate data, assessing variability, predicting extreme weather events, or climate change’s socio-economic impacts. They can also enable an efficient, transparent, decentralized decision-making processes, while also supporting decision-making processes for sub-national governments. By addressing conventional challenges in an unconventional way, digitalization can boost adaptation capacity and climate resilience for communities in both more and less developed regions.

Water & Sanitation: What Is a ‘WOP’ and How Does It Help To Tackle Climate Crisis?

Zoom
Virtual Event

Collaboration through Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) are helping water utilities face the COVID-19 crisis and are a cost-effective way to not only share experiences, but to strengthen long-term capacity and improve service delivery. The event will discuss the implications of the climate crisis on water utilities in cities around the world and how, drawing on the experiences from the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises, utilities can strengthen their preparedness and adapt to the climate crisis using a WOPs approach. The event will also provide technical resources and offer opportunities for engaging with the GWOPA network, city and utility leaders and development partners, especially in the upcoming WOPs programme supported by the European Commission.

Active Mobility: Bringing People Together

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Virtual Event

Around the world, the negative impacts of our reliance on cars play out on a day-to-day basis. Mobility is in need of a total rethinking. Walking and cycling - active mobility - are equitable, affordable and efficient mobility options that have little adverse impact on the environment. Active mobility supports transport planning ambitions. Walking and cycling are space efficient, flexible, have low individual and societal costs, and, in combination with public transport, can cover almost all mobility needs. This session will focus on the importance of active mobility and how local governments can seize the opportunity offered by the pandemic with an improved urban design and city planning.

Robust Data for Effective Climate Action

Zoom
Virtual Event

This event aims at outlining the importance of data reporting for aggregation and analysis to track the local climate action towards the achievement of the national and international commitments for addressing climate change. It will showcase the value of having robust climate data and knowledge available to support decision-makers in climate planning. Having clean measurable and comparable data could support the development of strategies and policies to increase the ambition towards emission reduction targets, thus helping governments track the achievements of their NDC goals. The CDP – ICLEI Unified Reporting System constitutes a valuable solution for local governments to report their climate data to track their climate action progress.

Financing Climate Compatible Development

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Virtual Event

The lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic unveiled the deep vulnerabilities and unpreparedness of the urban system, healthcare and economy to absorb sudden shocks. As the cities begin to unlock and plan for post-pandemic recovery, it's a wake-up call for our social and financial systems to be better prepared for the long-term climate crisis. There is a need to focus on the climate agenda, even in the midst of the pandemic, so that investments can be routed toward sustainable infrastructure, green jobs, and environmental resilience. Policy makers and decision-makers have an important role to play in orchestrating a recovery that addresses the current crisis, while building a strong foundation to tackle climate change.

Housing, Sustainable Building Materials And Public Spaces In The Context Of COVID-19 And Green Recovery

While housing is a basic human need for shelter, it also provides the base from which households participate in the economy. In most emerging markets, the construction sector contributes between 3-8 % of the GDP, a third of which originates from housing. Investment in quality, climate-smart housing opens up economic opportunities, improves health conditions, and contributes to the global climate agenda. The key question for this event to be discussed is how we can meet the immense future housing demand while making use of sustainable construction and providing quality open space, following a “Green Recovery” trajectory.

100% Renewable Energy Roadmaps – Contributing To The Global Energy Transition

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Virtual Event

This informative and interactive session will showcase subnational leadership, sharing experiences from committed cities and counties that aim for achieving climate neutrality through their 100% Renewable Energy Roadmaps. Key steps in the Roadmaps will be explained, exploring how to prioritize actions in the transition to 100% renewables and available support addressing subnational governments. This session also addresses the process of planning, zooming in on how local governments are developing their 100% Renewables Roadmaps. Outcomes:
• Attendees learn about approaches taken by local governments in effectively embracing the energy transition, from setting 100% RE targets to planning the shift from low to zero carbon development.
• Participants gain insights into key steps in the development of 100% RE Roadmaps, based on shared experiences from leading cities/counties and other experts.
• Showcasing progress made in the 100% Renewables: Cities and Regions Roadmap Project funded by the German International Climate Initiative.
• Gain an insight into the Global 100% RE Cities & Regions Network and available support for local and regional governments.

EcoLogistics: Achieving Low Emission Urban Freight Transport

Zoom
Virtual Event

Have you ever wondered about the journey of the morning coffee you brew or buy from a store; how did it reach from the coffee estates to your cup? Global freight demand is estimated to triple between 2015 and 2050 and the ability to move goods efficiently has become the lifeblood of economic development, particularly in cities which generate over 80 percent of global GDP and an estimated 75 percent of global emissions (ITF 2019). Freight transport forms the backbone of today's global economy. This panel will discuss trending solutions in the field of urban logistics and the need to explore the sector which otherwise is neglected compared to passenger transport. EcoLogistics project initiated by ICLEI has conducted studies in 9 cities in Argentina, Colombia and India. Local governments’ representative will discuss the status quo from project cities.

Cities, Climate and Culture: The Urban Research Agenda in the Upcoming IPCC Co-Sponsored Expert Meeting On Culture, Heritage And Climate Change

In the summer of 2020, the IPCC Executive Committee endorsed a proposal for a co-sponsored International Expert Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change to be organized by UNESCO and ICOMOS, with IUCN and ICLEI among the key partners to be held in 2021. One of the specific aims of the Meeting is to take stock of methods and gaps in translating knowledge from and about culture and heritage for climate science and policy, with the goal of stimulating new approaches and literature that will support the AR7 and the forthcoming special report Cities and Climate Change. The Scientific Steering Committee for this Meeting is been convened in September. This event will be the first opportunity to present in detail the scientific questions and timeline for this meeting with an emphasis on the intersection between these and the IPCC Cities Research Agenda.