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Innovate4Cities: Knowledge Needs For City Climate Ambition – Session 3

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 2

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 1

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.

Housing, Sustainable Building Materials and Public Spaces in the Context of COVID-19 and Green Recovery

While housing is a basic human need for shelter, it also provides the base from which households participate in the economy. In most emerging markets, the construction sector contributes between 3-8 % of the GDP, a third of which originates from housing. Investment in quality, climate-smart housing opens up economic opportunities, improves health conditions, and contributes to the global climate agenda. The key question for this event to be discussed is how we can meet the immense future housing demand while making use of sustainable construction and providing quality open space, following a “Green Recovery” trajectory.

The Role of Digitalization in Climate Resilience: Transforming Local Responses to Climate Change

Digital tools are useful for wide range of activities, such as understanding climate data, assessing variability, predicting extreme weather events, or climate change’s socio-economic impacts. They can also enable an efficient, transparent, decentralized decision-making processes, while also supporting decision-making processes for sub-national governments. By addressing conventional challenges in an unconventional way, digitalization can boost adaptation capacity and climate resilience for communities in both more and less developed regions.

Addressing Climate Risks through Planning in Growing Cities

The World is getting urbanized, half of the cities that would exist in 2050 are being built. Therefore, now is the time to have and practice the ‘comprehensive’ understanding of the climate change risks, its drivers and abettors. While the hazards such as sea level rise, water scarcity etc. have drawn the attention of urban practitioners and researchers, in this session, we aim to bring attention to equally important factors that can exacerbate the exposure and vulnerability to such hazards and therefore enhancing climate change risks. We would discuss possible pathways for cities particularly those in the Global South to reduce such exposures and vulnerabilities.

Innovative Climate Finance Case Studies

This peer exchange session brings together city representatives and financial experts to share experience on using innovative financing tools. What works? How do you find the right tool? What lessons have been learned in projects that already have been implemented? The session also provides a platform where local governments can interact with financial experts, helping each other to better understand how to find and use innovative financing tools such as green bonds, revolving fund, energy performance contract or crowdfunding for their climate project.

Knowledge Brokering for Climate Compatible Development

As we move towards adopting climate compatible development practices, there is a growing demand for climate information and knowledge that requires a dynamic and collaborative response. However, with the plethora of information available, it is incredibly challenging for decision-makers to access the right kind of information and its applications. In this session, we will explore how we can improve access to reliable information and robust methods for decision-makers, urban practitioners and researchers, particularly in developing countries, and enhance their ability to make well-informed decisions based on high quality, comprehensive data, information and knowledge and share lessons and experience.

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.