Daring Cities Sessions


Cities, Climate and Culture: The Urban Research Agenda in the Upcoming IPCC Co-Sponsored Expert Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change

In the summer of 2020, the IPCC Executive Committee endorsed a proposal for a co-sponsored International Expert Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change to be organized by UNESCO and ICOMOS, with IUCN and ICLEI among the key partners to be held in 2021. One of the specific aims of the Meeting is to take stock of methods and gaps in translating knowledge from and about culture and heritage for climate science and policy, with the goal of stimulating new approaches and literature that will support the AR7 and the forthcoming special report Cities and Climate Change. The Scientific Steering Committee for this Meeting is been convened in September. This event will be the first opportunity to present in detail the scientific questions and timeline for this meeting with an emphasis on the intersection between these and the IPCC Cities Research Agenda.

Daring Cities 2020 Opening: Session 1

Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and President of ICLEI will welcome participants to Daring Cities 2020 and highlight the need and intention for such a virtual forum. Special addresses from António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, along with H.E. Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary Secretary of State, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as representatives of the federal government of Germany and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, will further contextualize the criticality of this moment for decisive multilevel action in response to the climate emergency. An interactive dialogue among local and regional leaders will address efforts and specific challenges being faced by all levels of government. They will emphasize the critical role that towns, cities, and regions play in regards to the climate emergency, both in being on the frontlines, as well as being active parts and co-creators of the innovative solutions needed. They will also pay special attention to the need to embrace different contexts, conditions and multilevel governance structures in tackling the climate crisis. ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin will present an overview of the 3-weeks of global mobilization through the intense agenda of Daring Cities Forum which includes 4 Plenaries, 90+ Deep-dive sessions, 10+ Side events. The session will conclude with a closing address from Armin Laschet, Minister-President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.