Daring Cities Sessions

Biodiversity

Moving Forward: Local and Regional Governments on the Roadmap Toward Our Climate-Friendly, Resilient Future

This session will provide an overview of the upcoming global milestones on the roadmap toward our climate-friendly, resilient future, focusing on the opportunities for local and regional governments to directly engage in and benefit from these processes. High-level representatives of the three Rio conventions will address the criticality of this moment for all levels of government to take bold and decisive action to protect the climate, nature and land, and emphasize the role that cities, towns and regions in particular have in championing ambitious action in these fields. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction will then announce the launch of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 Initiative and highlight how cities can benefit from this initiative in further building their own climate resilience capacities.

Nature-Based Solutions in South America: Engaging Multiple Stakeholders

Although the concept of Nature-Based Solutions is not disseminated in South America compared to other contexts, there are already some successful experiences of NBS implemented locally as a way of improving biodiversity and addressing critical issues that affect urban system functionality, mainly including basic social problems such as poor sanitation and building urban resilience to threats such as floods and landslides. This event aims to connect and provide a space for dialogue and exchange of experiences for the stakeholders involved with NBS implementation, monitoring and dissemination in South America in order to foster this agenda in the region. It is also an opportunity to discuss and showcase how Nature Based Solutions can contribute locally to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Towards Adopting a Renewed Decision on Local and Subnational Governments at the Biodiversity COP

This event will take the form of a high-level political session, convened by ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center, and endorsed by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to discuss the critical role of local and subnational governments in the implementation of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which will be adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of the CBD in Kunming, China in 2021.
The event will challenge cities to be daring enough to not only making ambitious commitments to achieving the global climate agenda, but also to achieving the global biodiversity agenda.

Introducing CitiesWithNature to Daring Cities for Climate Resilience

Nature provides immense value and multiple benefits to urban communities. Daring cities are those who are leading the way on ambitious local action- not only for climate, but for nature too. The loss of nature is a global crisis in its own right, and cities are not only part of the problem, but are also key to the solution. Now is the time for cities and regions to act with unprecedented ambition to secure our increasingly urban future. Our solutions lie in nature. CitiesWithNature is a global partnership initiative co-founded by ICLEI, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and The Nature Conservancy. CitiesWithNature provides a space to celebrate and showcase best practice from around the world. You will leave with a better understanding of how their city can become a city that is daring enough to demonstrate their commitment to nature, including the value of joining CitiesWithNature partnership initiative, and information on how you can be a part of inspiring a global movement to enhance the value of nature in and around our urban areas. We dare you to join us to hear more about this exciting initiative and learn how your city can join today!

Exploring the Linkages Between the Global Climate and Nature Advocacy Agendas

We are at a critical point in the history of our planet, where urgent action is needed to secure our collective future. Biodiversity is diminishing at unprecedented rates, and the global climate is changing faster than ever before. Cities are part of the problem, but are also the solution, as it is at the local and subnational level where actions to solve both crises can be deployed most effectively. It is also at the local and subnational level where the impacts of these crises are most felt, and where the cost of inaction will be the greatest. The biodiversity and climate crises are both crises in their own rights, but are inextricably linked. Instead, many of our climate adaptation and mitigation solutions lie in nature. Learn how cities are central to addressing both the climate and biodiversity crises and those daring cities who are committed to integrate climate and nature considerations in local planning and development processes, thereby making significant contributions to achieving both global agendas simultaneously.