Daring Cities Conference 2020 | UPSC

Daring Cities Conference 2020 | UPSC


CM highlights efforts to tackle climate change

      WHY IN NEWS:

At global meet, he explains govt.’s plans

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Climate Change : Summits : Conferences


For PRELIMS it is important to understand the aim and objective of this conference . Do a little more research on the organisers too . Links are given at the end .

For MAINS how does local leadership impact the climate change on day to day basis ? Do you think


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed the ‘Daring Cities 2020’ conference on Wednesday


  • 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.

Daring Cities is a virtual, action-oriented forum.

  • But the daring actions of local leaders are spreading around the globe.


It recognizes and empowers courageous urban leaders – including mayors and other decision-makers.

  • The decision makers include –technical staff, researchers, private sector representatives, and community organizers .
  • Daring Cities showcases and catalyzes exemplary local climate action to tackle the climate emergency, including ambitious resilience-building and climate mitigation efforts.


  • To disrupt business-as-usual and shift towards business-as-possible.


  • Due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, Daring Cities, initially planned as an in-person forum in Bonn, Germany, has been transformed into a virtual event.
  • 7-28 October 2020 (events and online offerings will occur over the three-week period)


Created by ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn

Daring Cities 2020 | UPSC


  • Daring Cities builds upon the experience and network established during the Resilient Cities Congresses .
  • It is convened annually from 2010 to 2019 by ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn.

Resilient Cities gathered urban practitioners, policy makers and researchers working in urban resilience and climate change adaptation.

  • It built an active, informed, and committed community and played a key role in mainstreaming urban resilience in global agreements and processes.
  • In last 10 years of the Congress, Over 80 countries actively participated in and collaborated on hundreds of capacity-building sessions.


  • The Daring Cities 2020 global virtual forum will be a three-week event comprising of high level and visionary speakers.
  • A series of informative workshops and networking opportunities in a variety of virtual formats will be organized.
  • The virtual format will accommodate different topics, time zones, internet bandwidth limits, and languages.

The event will help to set the course to COP26, Daring Cities 2021 and beyond.


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, including health.

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 .
  • LEAD : Facilitating action-oriented discussions with key global partners, including the UNFCCC and COP Presidencies.


  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.
  • Active in 100+ countries, It influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission.

It focuses on nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.

  • We bring sustainability to a rapidly developing urban world.


  • ICLEI creates connections among the local, regional, national and global governmental levels.

ICLEI advocate for robust national and global sustainability policies that reflect the interests of local and regional governments and their communities.

  • ICLEI forges strategic alliances with international organizations, national governments, academic and financial institutions, civil society and the private sector.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The low emission development pathway curbs climate change, creates new economic opportunities and improves the health of human and natural systems.

The nature-based development pathway protects and enhances biodiversity and urban ecosystems.

  • This underpins key aspects of local economies and the well-being and resilience of our communities.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU  | Daring Cities Conference 2020 | UPSC



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