Daring Cities Sessions


The Role of Transport in Urban Resilience: Responding to COVID-19, Climate Emergency and Other Crises

As governments focus their attention on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries, it will be of utmost importance that other priorities such as climate change or road safety are not scaled back. The fear is that the threat of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on public transport and prompt more people to choose individual car-based transport. But the world cannot accept further delays and cancellation of planned legislation and infrastructure implementations that impact on sustainable urban mobility. Post-COVID-19, cities will have to promote more sustainable pathways, in which economic development is decoupled from private motorization – in order to enhance the cities’ resilience of future crises. Previous crises have shaped how cities are planned and how people move in them. We have a window of opportunity to learn from the current pandemic and to build back better by making our mobility systems more resilient and responsive to crises.

Fair and Sustainable Energy for All with Integrated Low Emission Development Planning

This interactive workshop building on insights from the Urban LEDS and Urban Pathways projects will highlight the importance of integrated low carbon emission development strategies to reduce emissions across sectors efficiently and economically. Participants will be invited to take part in a simulation that aims at make the benefit of adopting an integrated strategy tangible.

Decarbonizing Transport: The Case of Electric Buses

The event aims to offer the space for a presentation of voluntary commitments of cities towards electric busses & practical experiences. The intended format is as an interactive workshop (Planning of e-bus procurement, as a simulated city council meeting). The workshop also aims to introduce the TUMI E-Bus Mission project (joint project by C40, GIZ, ICLEI, ITDP, UITP, SLOCAT, WRI).

Decarbonizing Transport: No Silver Bullet

There is no single solution to delivering carbon-neutral mobility – we need a combination of measures. A growing number of cities are taking steps to decarbonize transport – especially passenger transport but also freight, driven by the need to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions. These measures include reducing transport demand, shifting to low-carbon and more efficient modes of transport, as well as enhancing vehicle and fuel efficiency. In addition to technological development, other alternatives such as behavioral change also play a role in achieving long-term climate targets.

EcoLogistics Principles: A Pathway to Sustainable Urban Freight

This panel will be the platform launching 8 foundational principles for local governments to follow leading the transition to sustainable urban freight developed by ICLEI and partners. The chair of EcoLogistics Community (the first city network globally committed to a sustainable urban freight future) Taoyuan will be adopting the principles to make the urban freight in city sustainable.

EcoLogistics: Achieving Low Emission Urban Freight Transport

Have you ever wondered about the journey of the morning coffee you brew or buy from a store; how did it reach from the coffee estates to your cup? Global freight demand is estimated to triple between 2015 and 2050 and the ability to move goods efficiently has become the lifeblood of economic development, particularly in cities which generate over 80 percent of global GDP and an estimated 75 percent of global emissions (ITF 2019). Freight transport forms the backbone of today’s global economy. This panel will discuss trending solutions in the field of urban logistics and the need to explore the sector which otherwise is neglected compared to passenger transport. EcoLogistics project initiated by ICLEI has conducted studies in 9 cities in Argentina, Colombia and India. Local governments’ representative will discuss the status quo from project cities.

Active Mobility: Bringing People Together

Around the world, the negative impacts of our reliance on cars play out on a day-to-day basis. Mobility is in need of a total rethinking. Walking and cycling – active mobility – are equitable, affordable and efficient mobility options that have little adverse impact on the environment. Active mobility supports transport planning ambitions. Walking and cycling are space efficient, flexible, have low individual and societal costs, and, in combination with public transport, can cover almost all mobility needs. This session will focus on the importance of active mobility and how local governments can seize the opportunity offered by the pandemic with an improved urban design and city planning.

Roadmap for Sustainable Mobility in Côte D’Ivoire by 2050

This session will present the Roadmap for Sustainable Mobility in Côte d’Ivoire by 2050, elaborated by the Climate Chance Association in with the Paris Process on Mobility and Transport (PPMC – which is part of the MP-GCA), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and the Observatory of African Mobilities (OMA), and, the modelling of greenhouse gas reduction data compared to a business as usual scenario if this roadmap is to be adopted. The panel will discuss how this roadmap has contributed to the Ivorian strategy on mobility and transport, and how it could possibly contribute to the NDC of Côte d’Ivoire in the run-up to COP26.