Daring Cities Program

Inclusive Cities – The Next Generation

MS Teams

In the framework of the Daring Cities Conference 2020 and on the occasion of the retirement of Prof. Günter Meinert, GIZ, the event will provide food for thought and impulses for an updated narrative on inclusive cities. Senior urbanists will share their experiences on core issues of inclusive cities through the decades. Young urban professionals – "the next generation" – will present their views on inclusive cities in a rapidly changing and fluid context. It's time to rethink the concept of inclusive cities, its values and paradigms, core issues and approaches.

Vision and Pathways Related to Circular Cities


This event is to share the innovative pathways for the world’s cities which could lead the world towards an environmentally sustainable future. This guide is needed even more now with the world still suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and many of the world’s biggest and most vibrant cities most affected by this terrible virus. COVID-19 sends us an important message, that a healthy planet is essential for us to maintain our own health. It’s time to take stock of how we damage nature now and how we can build back better so that nature is central to how cities function and thrive in the future.

Resilience Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction for the Unexpected


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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.

@BonnGlobal: Climate, Migration and Role of Networked Science – Stories from the Field


Policy-relevant research on climate migration is a tremendously complex effort because it starts at the roots of migration in a specific community, gets into dialogue with the locals, needs to be translated into adequate policy advice, helping to unfold its potential to change people’s lives and living conditions. It needs an understanding of diverse social, political and environmental contexts, and communication with multiple stakeholder on local and international levels – and, thus, well-connected experts in diverse domains.
As the networking of multiple sectors and stakeholders for sustainability research and science is deeply rooted in its DNA, the Bonn Alliance Head Office facilitates a discussion on the role of networked science on climate migration with regards to people and policies.

Financing Climate Compatible Development


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.