Virtual event


7-28 October 2020

Daring Cities 2020

The Bonn Forum for Urban Leaders Taking on the Climate Emergency

Daring Cities 2020 will run online from 7-28 October 2020

In light of the ongoing developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn are transforming Daring Cities 2020 into a virtual, global forum on climate change for urban leaders tackling the climate emergency, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Daring Cities is a radical, action-oriented forum to recognize and empower courageous urban leaders  to disrupt business-as-usual and shift towards business-as-possible. Daring Cities showcases and catalyzes exemplary local climate action to tackle the climate emergency, including ambitious resilience-building and climate mitigation efforts.

Daring Cities invites urban leaders from the around the world who are pushing boundaries in their own contexts to come together for an exchange of ideas on how to take on resilience and mitigation in the time of urgent climate crisis. Urban leaders, such as mayors, city councilors, administration, technical staff, thought leaders and researchers, business leaders, civil society decision-makers and community organizers, are invited to be a part of this productive and action-oriented event.

Daring Cities 2020 will be structured in three parts:

Know: Presenting the most cutting-edge research and information on climate change and its impact on cities. These discussions will further support the IPCC Cities Research Agenda and the IPBES process.

Act: Showcasing exemplary local climate action from around the world in addressing the climate emergency, from adaptive and resilience-building measures to climate change mitigation efforts. Optional technical site visits will further show such measures’ implementation in the State of North-Rhine Westphalia.

Lead: Facilitating action-oriented discussions with key global partners, including the UNFCCC and COP Presidencies, on delivering the Paris Agreement through collaborative, multilevel action, while highlighting implementation and finance.