Daring Cities Sessions


From Nexus Thinking to Nexus Action in Food-Water-Energy-Waste Management

Research-policy-practice interfaces are critical in shaping environmental governance as they allow for exchanges, co-evolution and joint construction of knowledge and practices between various stakeholders. This session focuses on (1) effective research-policy-practice interface in nexus approaches toward promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation, (2) the linkage between city-led research and evidence-based decision making in the context of Food-Water-Energy-Waste nexus, and (3) the path from research-driven policy making to science-informed local action in cities as well as showcasing a success story in Global South.

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.

How Food Systems Can Support a Just, Green Post-COVID Recovery

The session aims to celebrate World Food Day, by sharing thematic reflections and outcomes of #AfricanCITYFOODMonth, with global relevance. The programme will highlight ways in which a number of cities are pushing the boundaries in improving their food systems, and draw out inspiration for participants to take forward. The desired outcomes of the session are to
1. Maintain momentum for #AfricanCITYFOOD Campaigns
2. Inform viewers about innovative food system interventions
3. Provide inspiration on how cities can promote a green and just recovery through food
4. Draw lessons from African Cities for global audience

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.