Daring Cities Sessions


Decarbonizing Cities: How To Build Coalitions And Get People On Board

Decarbonization cannot be successful if it undermines social justice and security, and more than anything, it will require buy-in from the general population and many influential actors. This could, for instance, be achieved by involving arts and film to create and tell new narratives about desirable cities. New coalitions will have to be built in society, and there has to be a general consensus that reducing carbon emissions is a worthwhile endeavor. In this panel, we want to discuss the potential of activating these new actor constellations and new approaches to trigger social change towards zero carbon cities. Ideas and best practices on how to engage formal and informal urban influencers, for example through culture and art, to form and sustain novel urban coalitions will be shared and discussed.

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.

Measuring Circular Economy Jobs in Cities

Circular economy jobs are the binding factor between environmental sustainability and a just transition, and are central to getting the political buy-in for the transition from linear to circular. This panel shall introduce the method developed to identify and track employment in the circular economy, a “tool” that points out which economic sectors (and the accompanying jobs) will be affected by the circular economy transition in cities.

Inclusive Cities – The Next Generation

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.

Prioritizing Equity in Local Climate Action

The economic impacts of the current Covid-19 crisis have only seen social inequalities grow as they have hit already vulnerable groups especially hard. Consequently, a growing political consensus is forming globally that daring climate action needs to systematically incorporate social equity considerations. This session will showcase how cities have been integrating equity frameworks into their climate planning and which innovative tools and approaches they have developed to ensure implementation. In all cases, collaboration with residents and local stakeholders is a key component to ensure different needs are considered and no one is left behind on the path to more climate-friendly urban environments.