Bonn – Germany


3 – 5 June 2020

Daring Cities 2020

The Bonn Forum for Urban Leaders Taking on the Climate Emergency

Please notice the following information issued by the organising institution: 

“In light of the ongoing developments around the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing risk to global public health, ICLEI World Secretariat, together with the Federal City of Bonn, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), and the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), is currently exploring alternative solutions for Daring Cities 2020 internally and will communicate any decisions shortly.”

Created by ICLEI and the city of Bonn, 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 in Bonn for three days of idea exchange 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.

The Daring Cities 2020 Forum will be a three-day event comprising of an Opening Plenary, 19 thematic sessions, an outlook on planning the way forward, technical site visits in North-Rhine Westphalia, special roundtables with selected Bonn-based international organizations and high-level engagement opportunities for local leaders interlinked with the concurrent Bonn Climate Change Conference.

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.