Daring Cities Sessions


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.

Renewable Energy in Cities: Opportunities for Green Growth through Recovery Packages

The event showcases the opportunities that renewables present for cities to achieve a wide range of objectives, including fighting air pollution, improving public health, mitigating climate change and how cities can enable the transition to renewables. The Corona pandemic makes the importance of a clean and resilient energy system even more evident. This event brings in perspectives for green recovery of energy systems in cities and communities.

Scaling Urban Climate Finance for a Green, Sustainable Recovery

In this event session, we will bring together key stakeholders from local authorities, city networks, think tanks, as well as, financial institutions to exchange knowledge on the challenges of increasing municipal revenues and opportunities in preparing climate-friendly infrastructure projects in cities for a green recovery.

The Role of Transport in Urban Resilience: Responding to COVID-19, Climate Emergency and Other Crises

As governments focus their attention on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries, it will be of utmost importance that other priorities such as climate change or road safety are not scaled back. The fear is that the threat of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on public transport and prompt more people to choose individual car-based transport. But the world cannot accept further delays and cancellation of planned legislation and infrastructure implementations that impact on sustainable urban mobility. Post-COVID-19, cities will have to promote more sustainable pathways, in which economic development is decoupled from private motorization – in order to enhance the cities’ resilience of future crises. Previous crises have shaped how cities are planned and how people move in them. We have a window of opportunity to learn from the current pandemic and to build back better by making our mobility systems more resilient and responsive to crises.

Driving the Green Recovery and Redesign: Embedding Local Climate Action at the Heart of Economic Stimulus Packages – Session 2

With the global Coronavirus pandemic, every sector of society across the globe has been impacted. The work to address climate change is being reprioritized, interrupted or delayed. Local and regional governments have had to redeploy sustainability resources to ensure immediate safeguarding of their residents and employees. At the international level, we are experiencing major disruptions of the global climate process. COP26 has been delayed to 2021. Regional Climate Weeks have been canceled and the regular mid-year negotiations in Bonn, which usually take place in June, have been postponed. But climate science hasn’t changed. The climate emergency is still happening right now, in our cities, towns and regions around the world. High-level representatives from local, regional and national governments, as well as from the business and finance sector, will discuss the challenges and opportunities for putting integrated climate action at the core of local economic stimulus packages for aiding the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the criticality of making financial resources available to those cities, towns and regions working to tackle the climate emergency.

Driving the Green Recovery and Redesign: Embedding Local Climate Action at the Heart of Economic Stimulus Packages – Session 1

Led by the Ministry of the Environment Japan, supported by the UNFCCC, and managed by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Redesign2020 Platform was launched on 3 September 2020 through a high level virtual event that gathered 50+ ministers across the world. The Platform for Redesign 2020 is an initiative to enhance international solidarity in addressing two crises at the same time: climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative introduces the concept of “redesign” as complementary to response and recovery efforts, defining it as, “paradigm shifts and measures in the long term – more than a few years to a few decades – toward redesigning current socioeconomic and sociocultural systems to be sustainable and resilient.“ The session aims to highlight details of the concept, share the outcomes of High Level Launch and focus on the options for collaboration with local and regional on the road to COP26.

Social Equity as an Essential Component of Urban Resilience

The need for transformational planning in the face of the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic requires a discussion of cities and experts on the effective and just delivery of services and infrastructure. A whole-of-a society and human-rights approach along with permanent community engagement in the decision-making processes is essential to build inclusive urban resilience. This session will showcase city experiences from the global south and north facing disasters with a holistic, intersectional and radical approach.

Climate Knowledge Brokering – Voices from the Frontline

Various grassroots organizations across the globe have taken up a proactive role and adopted innovative ways to respond to Covid-19. Many have developed their own localized coping mechanisms, like sharing resources among communities lacking basic services, setting up hotlines for domestic abuse, and diversifying livelihoods. Even with limitations in their mobility and activities, the civil society groups have extended themselves to meet the needs of local communities during the crisis using their critical networks, experience and knowledge in building resilience. As we begin to move towards post-Covid society, our focus should be to ‘build back better’ with collective efforts from all sectors of society including decision-makers, policy-makers, practitioners, community-based and grassroots organizations, and citizens.

Building Resilient Urban Futures with Nature

The 2020 COVID19 crisis has evidenced the need and showed the benefits of nature in cities and green spaces, since the contact with nature offers a way to deal with and counteract stressors of everyday life, while still allowing for social distancing. This session will showcase the benefits of resilience planning with nature for a healthier urban future by displaying successful city cases around the world, as well as ICLEI’s support to build resilient cities with nature.

Flavors of Change: Exploring the Unique Role of Procurement for Climate Action and Covid-19 Recovery in Urban Food Systems

Peer to peer exchange – offering space for direct exchange between procurers on how to leverage sustainable procurement for climate action and Covid-19 recovery across four GLCN priority sectors: construction, energy, transport and food. The sessions will take place throughout the day, with leadership from different regions of the world.