Daring Cities Sessions


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.

Continuing the Learning: Leaving A Legacy Of Partnerships At Local Level

This session will bring together local government officials, academics and members of both initiatives in an interactive panel-style session. Panellists will reflect on the following questions:
• In your opinion, what are some of the biggest barriers and opportunities to “continuing the learning”?
• How do these learning model fit local level knowledge needs?
• Could the EPIC model represent a transformative paradigm for the way that universities operate and relate to the needs of local governments and communities where they reside?
• What is the reaction of local government officials and community leaders to both the EPIC and FRACTAL process?
• How important is building relationships/connections between different disciplines? Can you please expand by giving examples/cases?

Healthy High Altitude Pasturelands for Sustainable Development in Downstream Cities

Degradation of high altitude pasturelands and forests due to climate change and anthropogenic pressures impacts critical ecosystem service flow to cities downstream. Ecologically restoring these pasturelands will enhance sustainable development in downstream cities. The event will highlight the role of critical ecosystem services from high altitude rural areas for sustainable urban development, thereby showcasing the need to restore degraded pasturelands to maintain the flow of the ecosystem services.

Supporting Resilience In Accomodation Services

Case studies will be presented by the panelists to demonstrate how different organisations and groups of stakeholders have driven tangible progress in advancing DRR and resilience in the hospitality sector, with a particular emphasis on the Covid-19 pandemic. Panelists will present the first coordinated effort to improve disaster risk management of tourism businesses which was put in place through a partnership between the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Asia and Pacific (UNISDR), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH within the framework of the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM). The GIDRM initiative (Hotel Resilient Initiative) has led to the development of the world’s only scientific benchmarking and certification body for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation of hotels and resort. Case studies will be presented based on current activities of Hotel Resilient to adapt the standards framework to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic through a joint project with the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) and in collaboration with national Ministries (in Palestine and Ecuador) and industry associations (in Sri Lanka and Thailand).

Scaling Urban Climate Finance For A Green, Sustainable Recovery

In this event session, we will bring together key stakeholders from local authorities, city networks, think tanks, as well as, financial institutions to exchange knowledge on the challenges of increasing municipal revenues and opportunities in preparing climate-friendly infrastructure projects in cities for a green recovery.

A Nexus Approach To Nature’s Multiple Benefits To Build Resilience In Urban Areas

There appears to be a natural and synergistic intersection or ‘nexus’ between (1) urban nature, (2) climate mitigation and adaptation and (3) the health of urban communities. Why is it then that we don’t observe more frequent and large-scale investment in urban nature? Despite wide acknowledgement of the multiple and intersecting benefits of nature to urban societies, the operationalization of these co-benefits and the body of evidence to support the value of urban nature, is lagging behind. Given the challenges and limitations to adopting NbS and investing in urban nature, we are interested in the following question: Can a nexus approach, based on nature’s co-benefits, generate new insights to leverage greater interest and investor confidence in urban nature?

Disclosing Climate Governance Risk – Ignore This at Your Peril! (Session 2)

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 interactive workshop will be an opportunity for managers and policy makers from any local governments, other levels of government and public authorities to explore how to develop a climate policy or corporate standard based on the principles of climate risk disclosure.

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.

Communication Skills to Battle the Climate Crisis: A TED Training

Strong communication skills have always been important – we all know this. But right now, as we race to solve the climate crisis, effective communication skills are more important than ever. There are ways to hone your communication skills in order to become a more persuasive and charismatic speaker and leader. Briar Goldberg, TED’s Director of Speaker Coaching and public speaking and strategic communications expert, will guide attendees in this interactive and reflective training.

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.