Daring Cities Sessions

Keynote

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.

Towards Adopting a Renewed Decision on Local and Subnational Governments at the Biodiversity COP

This event will take the form of a high-level political session, convened by ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center, and endorsed by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to discuss the critical role of local and subnational governments in the implementation of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which will be adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of the CBD in Kunming, China in 2021.
The event will challenge cities to be daring enough to not only making ambitious commitments to achieving the global climate agenda, but also to achieving the global biodiversity agenda.

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.

TEDxDaringCities: Daring to Go Climate Neutral – Session 2

The session will open with a special address showcasing the unparalleled vision of the Government of Dominica to become the world’s first Climate Resilient nation. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), will provide a response to the special address, further contextualizing the bold leadership of the Government of Dominica in the framework of global climate resilience and disaster risk reduction, and highlighting what other governments can learn from this example. A panel of daring urban leaders who are each pursuing the ambitious goal of climate neutrality will then present and discuss the leading work their cities are undertaking to realize this ambitious target. In showcasing their work, the panelists will also aim to inspire fellow urban leaders to join them in the commitment to climate neutrality, and highlight that while the task of achieving such a target may be daunting, it is both possible and urgently needed. The COUNTDOWN global initiative will then illustrate what a healthy, abundant, zero-emission future can look like, presenting both stirring examples of real progress underway around the world, as well as powerful reasons why this post-crisis moment is the time to act. Chilean High Level Climate Action Champion Gonzalo Muñoz will then address the criticality of ambitious climate action, and together with the Mayor of the City of Glasgow, discuss the key role of cities, towns and regions in not only setting ambitious climate targets, but in implementing and accelerating bold climate action worldwide.

TEDxDaringCities: Daring To Go Climate Neutral – Session 1

A panel of daring urban leaders who are each pursuing the ambitious goal of climate neutrality will present and discuss the leading work their cities and regions are undertaking to realize this target, aiming to inspire fellow urban leaders to join them in the commitment to climate neutrality, and highlight that while such targets may be daunting, they are both possible and urgently needed. The COUNTDOWN global initiative will then illustrate what a healthy, abundant, zero-emission future can look like, presenting both stirring examples of real progress underway around the world, as well as powerful reasons why this post-crisis moment is the time to act. UK High Level Climate Action Champion Nigel Topping will address the criticality of ambitious climate action, and together with Apolitical CEO Robyn Scott, discuss the key role of cities, towns and regions in not only setting ambitious climate targets, but in implementing and accelerating bold climate action worldwide.

Daring Cities 2020 Opening, Session 2

ICLEI Secretary General will introduce the concept of multilevel dialogues on Know-Act-Lead as the Daring Cities approach. A panel of local leaders together with executives of Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the UN Environment, the UN Habitat will then discuss the critical importance of knowing more, acting better, and daring to lead in tackling the climate crisis. The second panel will kick-off with the keynote address by Aromar Revi focusing on the importance of current and upcoming reports and processes under the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to ensure effective synergies between sustainable urban development and  climate emergency. Dr. Xiamoeng will be invited to comment on the mechanisms to enhance the capacity of the research community to respond such challenges. Representatives of civil society will then highlight how innovative models and approaches of citizen engagement can support political leaders and administrations to adopt and deliver ambitious commitments in addressing climate  emergency. The Opening Plenary will be concluded by Daring Cities host Ashok Sridharan.

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.