Both at the board meeting and during the opening event of the World Congress, to which hundreds of participants from cities around the world and many other online guests are expected, Mayor Dörner will present Bonn's path to climate neutrality with the broad-based participation process "Bonn4Future" and the closely related climate plan. Based on the goal adopted by the Bonn City Council in 2019 of becoming climate neutral by 2035 at the latest, the climate plan will define paths of action and milestones, residual CO2 budgets and measures to be implemented in a timely manner.
Mayor Katja Dörner: "In Bonn, we have a common vision from the 'Bonn4Future' process and a deadline of 2035 - now it's a matter of planning concrete projects. With the cities united in ICLEI, we are also united by the common goal of quickly ending the climate emergency. The World Congress is one of the milestones towards that goal - the next ones will be the climate negotiations in Bonn in June 2022 and the third edition of the 'Daring Cities' conference in October, which we are organizing together with ICLEI and many partners in Bonn."
The Mayor will also use the congress for bilateral exchanges. A discussion is planned with Katrin Stjernfeldt-Jammeh, First Vice President of ICLEI and Mayor of the host city of Malmö. Malmö is also a pioneering city in climate protection and the mobility turnaround. On the evening of May 10, Dörner will attend a dinner hosted by the Governor of Skane, Anneli Hulthén. She will exchange views with Atishi Marlena Singh, ICLEI board member and Councilor from Delhi, India, on issues of participation and gender equality.
A meeting with ICLEI North America Board Chair, Commissioner Brigid Shea of Travis County, Texas, has also been scheduled. Mayor Dörner is particularly looking forward to meeting in person her counterpart Ernest Arthur from Bonn's project partner city pf Cape Coast, Ghana. Cape Coast and Bonn have a long history of close cooperation on climate issues. Dörner will also speak with Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the first solar-powered round-the-world flight and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. Piccard is one of the keynote speakers at the ICLEI World Congress and has been associated with Bonn since the 2017 World Climate Conference, during which he appeared at the Cities and Regions Climate Summit.