Week-long series of workshops and high-level dialogues about the climate emergency

The theme and focus of Daring Cities 2022 – the virtual global forum “for urban decision-makers leading in the climate emergency” – is Climate Emergency Finance.

During 3-7 October 2022, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – and the Federal City of Bonn will host the Daring Cities 2022 Virtual Forum, a week-long series of workshops and high-level dialogues about the climate emergency.

“The climate emergency is happening right now, in our cities, towns and regions around the world. Our global leaders are struggling to address this urgent crisis. But the daring actions of local leaders are spreading around the globe. Daring Cities showcases and catalyzes exemplary local climate action to tackle the climate emergency, including ambitious resilience-building and climate mitigation efforts.”

The free-of-charge sessions will share best practices, technical training, and insights from leaders taking bold climate action.

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For instance, on Tuesday 4 October at 10am European time (6pm Melbourne/Sydney time) you can follow a session entitled: ‘Moving from triage to treatment: The state of the climate emergency in 2022 (Part I)’

Description: “Our world is on life support. Climate science shows we must make deep, civilization-wide changes by 2030 to limit a planetary catastrophe. This is a matter of survival, particularly for the most at-risk, but increasingly for every place and population on earth.

In 2022, some areas in the world hit record high temperatures and are suffering drought and wildfires while others are faced with flash floods. We are already living in a world where climate change-induced natural disasters are creating devastating impacts for our communities and ecosystems and unmanageable financial costs for local and regional governments.

International crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and Russian-Ukraine war have stalled broad-based, swift action to appropriately respond to the climate emergency but the urgency of our situation remains.

This session will open the high-level dialogues of Daring Cities 2022, addressing the critical moment the world finds itself in responding effectively and urgently to the climate emergency. Cities, towns and regions continue to find themselves on the front-line of this global crisis, yet they cannot tackle it alone.

High-level discussants will present their views on the state of the climate emergency and what they see as the best courses of action that all levels of government need to take to address the most pressing challenges head-on.”

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Tuesday 4 October 12pm European time (8pm Melbourne/Sydney time):
Making climate justice a reality: A people-centered response to the climate emergency (Part I)

“Responding to and tackling the climate emergency requires a robust engagement of all sectors and segments of society. While governments should ensure their own collaboration and alignment of policy implementation through multilevel governance, broader civil society needs to be empowered and incorporated in order to ensure that the climate emergency response is widespread, all-encompassing, and most importantly, equitable. Prioritizing and addressing the needs of those who are most vulnerable and often disenfranchised or underrepresented in policy development and decision making processes is indeed fundamental and needs to be at the core of the leaders’ agendas.

Additionally, climate emergency finance needs to consider the needs of both current and future generations, as well as all segments of society. Investment and expenditure of financial resources should be done equitably, prioritizing the most disproportionally affected groups of our populations. These groups should be actively included in all stages of planning and decision making processes, rather than having decisions made for them without their informed and meaningful input and engagement.

Discussants will share experience and examples of inclusive and equitable climate emergency action planning, successful approaches being taken, and challenges that still need to be addressed and overcome.”