Daring Cities Program

Daring Cities connect

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Connect and exchange with fellow Daring Cities 2021 participants during dedicated virtual networking sessions. Meet fellow drivers of ambitious climate action, discuss new ideas, and expand your network! Participants will be paired for three-minute quick chats - with an opportunity to extend - for the duration of the session. Make up to ten new connections... Read More

Daring cities and regions leading by example (II)

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This session will share exemplary cases of regional leaders who have not only declared a climate emergency, but are also rapidly advancing on 2030 targets towards climate neutrality by 2050, with innovative practices on integrating nature-based solutions and building on their experiences dealing with the COVID-19 emergency. The need, importance, and benefits of building partnerships within communities will also be highlighted.

I’ve declared a climate emergency, now what do I do?

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A climate emergency declaration or declaring a climate emergency is an action taken by governments and scientists to acknowledge humanity is in a climate emergency. The first such declaration was made in December 2016. Since then over 1,900 local governments in 34 countries have made climate emergency declarations. This session bring practitioners in the field of climate which are monitoring or participating in the declaration of Urban Climate Emergency and will share their vision behind motivations, uses and outcomes of such process.

Digitalization as a game changer in the climate emergency response

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At this workshop, a panel of high-level and leading researchers and innovators from North America to Oceania will engage in a discussion with participants relating to how digitalization can enable local governments to respond to the climate emergency with urgency and accuracy. The panel will share insights and a few cutting-edge digital solutions with local leaders and unpack how digitalization could tackle the climate emergency in both the Global South and the Global North.

Climate crisis: Who must bear the burden?

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Who should pay for climate protection and climate adjustment? What is the role of cities in tackling the climate emergency? How can they shape a climate-just future together and with other stakeholders? We provide answers to these questions from a wide range of perspective. This is the first panel of the @BonnGlobal series in the framework of #UNBonn25, jointly hosted by SÜDWIND Institute and Germanwatch.

Prioritizing climate emergency throughout the municipality

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All over the world, the number of climate emergencies is increasing. Urged by scientists and a growing sense of urgency in the public, over 2000 national, regional and local governments expressed their ambitions to take action publicly by declaring/acknowledging climate emergency, with many others following swiftly in upping their decarbonization targets or aiming for climate neutrality. More than a publicity stunt, this has been shown to have a positive effect on how measures and decisions are framed, with regards to their potential climate impact.

Driving finance for urgent climate action

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This session will demonstrate progress on the financing of urban climate smart and resilient infrastructure projects, while making clear the need for an urgent scaling of climate finance in cities. Finance-oriented Leadership for Urban Climate Investment (LUCI) initiatives will come together to discuss supply side opportunities and constraints alongside further upstream LUCI initiatives with the goal of supporting cities to address the climate emergency.

Day 3 – Climate Emergency Leadership Day

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.

Multilevel and collaborative climate emergency leadership (I)

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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.

Daring Cities connect

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Connect and exchange with fellow Daring Cities 2021 participants during dedicated virtual networking sessions. Meet fellow drivers of ambitious climate action, discuss new ideas, and expand your network! Participants will be paired for three-minute quick chats - with an opportunity to extend - for the duration of the session. Make up to ten new connections... Read More

Daring local leadership for ambitious climate action

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In this session local and regional governments undertaking ambitious climate action to tackle the climate emergency 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”.

Multi-stakeholder partnerships supporting ambitious climate action

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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.