Daring Cities Sessions

Disaster Risk Reduction

Launch of Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR 2030)

MCR2030 will be a global partnership of actors with expertise in urban resilience, DRR, climate change and the SDGs.  It will provide a resilience roadmap for cities with defined commitments over time on how to improve local resilience.  MCR2030 will provide a suite of tools and knowledge guidance, from existing pool with partners that cities can use to better reduce risk and build resilience. It will promote regional networks of partners with strong links and implementation experience so that cities are connected into a movement that can support implementation of resilience measures. By 2030, MCR2030 aims to have increasing number of cities committed to reducing local disaster/climate risk and building resilience.

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.

Disclosing Climate Governance Risk – Ignore This at Your Peril! (Session 1)

In response to climate emergency and other declarations, many cities have developed climate adaptation plans and are acting to build greater resilience to the impacts of climate change. But these plans are very often located in environment or climate change departments of the city structure and are not being applied to reduce climate risk across all city functions. But many managers of other core city functions are not yet aware of the risk climate change will create for the continued safe delivery of core services and governance of the city. This session will present a cost-effective method for assessing and disclosing the degree to which climate risk has been embedded in all city planning and operations.

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.

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.