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@BonnGlobal: Networking in Disaster Management – Uniting Knowledge and Action in Bonn

The Bonn Network International Civil Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction brings together a great diversity of actors in the field of international disaster prevention and risk management in Bonn and the Bonn region – from research and education to direct response, from UN to national to local. With three practical examples from capacity building to synergies through peer consulting and practitioners partnerships in disaster response, the network is demonstrating the potential of interdisciplinary, vertically integrated collaboration. The panel showcase different models of collaboration and partnerships evolved from or enhanced by the network.

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.

Nature-Based Solutions For Cities – What Are They And How Can Their Uptake Be Increased?

Many cities are looking for solutions to protect themselves from the impacts of disasters and climate change. Despite growing scientific evidence on their potential, the adoption of these nature-based solutions is still not widespread. This is particularly the case in cities. The session will explore barriers but also promising ways forward, including best practices from frontrunner cities in different ecosystems, research findings and capacity building activities. The session will also explore how the perception and use of urban green areas changed in the context of COVID-19 and what opportunities this change might present for the acceleration of nature-based solution uptake.

Disclosing Climate Governance Risk – Ignore This at Your Peril! (Session 1)

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 session will present a cost-effective method for assessing and disclosing the degree to which climate risk has been embedded in all city planning and operations.

Solid Waste Management: The Forgotten, Underestimated Child and its Critical Role for Current and Future Crises

While often overlooked in debates about how to reach climate goals, solid waste management can hugely contribute; if waste is mismanaged, the whole sector becomes a net-emitter of greenhouse gas emissions. However, if properly managed and the first steps are taken towards a circular economy, the sector can hugely help mitigate emissions from cities. This holds also true for COVID-19: while the world focuses on washing hands, solid waste collection and treatment needs to continue in a safe way to avoid the spread of other diseases and ensure proper disposal of increased amounts of medical waste and potentially infectious waste from municipal solid waste stream. This event will highlight how partnerships can harness opportunities to:
– Respond climate emergencies effectively in COVID-19 situation;
– Maintain or even expand MSWM service delivery in crisis situation and
– Build back better for climate resilience

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.

Enabling Voluntary Local Reviews in Cities: A View from Practitioners and Researchers

Participants will receive plenty of practical information on the preparation of VLRs, how it can be kept doable and at the same time be developed into a good base for a fruitful dialogue on the SDGs with different stakeholders at different levels. The workshop also aims at strengthening the network of cities engaging in VLR reporting in order to further promote the role of cities in the national reporting on the Agenda 2030.

Innovate4Cities: Knowledge Needs For City Climate Ambition – Session 5

What knowledge gaps need to be addressed to implement city climate action plans? What forms of innovation are undertaken by cities to address climate change? How can these ideas be applied elsewhere? What are the current priorities of cities around the world to accelerate climate action and “green recovery” and who are the key partners and youth leaders to make it happen? Over the course of five interactive sessions, cities and their partners, per relevant global time zone, will be invited to engage in a generative space to refine and validate regional research and innovation strategies, discover and deliberate on innovation needs, opportunities and priorities.

Innovate4Cities: Knowledge Needs For City Climate Ambition – Session 4

What knowledge gaps need to be addressed to implement city climate action plans? What forms of innovation are undertaken by cities to address climate change? How can these ideas be applied elsewhere? What are the current priorities of cities around the world to accelerate climate action and “green recovery” and who are the key partners and youth leaders to make it happen? Over the course of five interactive sessions, cities and their partners, per relevant global time zone, will be invited to engage in a generative space to refine and validate regional research and innovation strategies, discover and deliberate on innovation needs, opportunities and priorities.