Daring Cities Program

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... 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.

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... Read More

Multilevel and collaborative climate emergency leadership (II)

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As part of Climate Emergency Leadership Day, 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 on 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.

Communicating in the climate emergency

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Lead by a team of seasoned environmental communicators, this session will give technical and government staff ideas of how to use communications to advance their climate goals and build relationships with government communications/media departments and consultants. Deep, quick dive discussions will provide strategies for effective writing, bridge-building, social media and visual story-telling.

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

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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.

Research and innovation take center stage in the climate emergency

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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.