Daring Cities Sessions

Knowledge Sharing

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?

Decarbonizing Cities: How To Build Coalitions And Get People On Board

Decarbonization cannot be successful if it undermines social justice and security, and more than anything, it will require buy-in from the general population and many influential actors. This could, for instance, be achieved by involving arts and film to create and tell new narratives about desirable cities. New coalitions will have to be built in society, and there has to be a general consensus that reducing carbon emissions is a worthwhile endeavor. In this panel, we want to discuss the potential of activating these new actor constellations and new approaches to trigger social change towards zero carbon cities. Ideas and best practices on how to engage formal and informal urban influencers, for example through culture and art, to form and sustain novel urban coalitions will be shared and discussed.

How to Implement Ambitious Climate Policies – Lessons from WWF’s One Planet City Challenge

WWF has reviewed the most successful cities in its latest round of the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) and identified what they have in common that enables them to implement ambitious climate policies. Together with representatives from leading OPCC cities, we will share these insights and discuss the practical challenges of implementing and maintaining ambitious climate policies.

With participation from nearly 600 cities from over 50 countries, a science-based analytical framework and a high-level international jury, the OPCC recognizes and rewards cities that lead on climate action around the world, and provides guidance on how to align their action with Paris Agreement goals.

Sustainable Urban Renewal through Nature-Based Solutions: Lessons Learned from Chinese and German Cities

Under the Sino-German Urban Partnership, this virtual exchange workshop aims to promote knowledge sharing, considerations on opportunities for further needed developments in policy and practice of Chinese and German cities and officials on sustainable urban renewal initiatives, particularly with respect to identifying and applying nature-based solutions in response to climate and ecological crises.

Climate Knowledge Brokering – Voices from the Frontline

Various grassroots organizations across the globe have taken up a proactive role and adopted innovative ways to respond to Covid-19. Many have developed their own localized coping mechanisms, like sharing resources among communities lacking basic services, setting up hotlines for domestic abuse, and diversifying livelihoods. Even with limitations in their mobility and activities, the civil society groups have extended themselves to meet the needs of local communities during the crisis using their critical networks, experience and knowledge in building resilience. As we begin to move towards post-Covid society, our focus should be to ‘build back better’ with collective efforts from all sectors of society including decision-makers, policy-makers, practitioners, community-based and grassroots organizations, and citizens.

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.

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.