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Chinese cities pilot the EcoMobility SHIFT+ methodology to tackle traffic gridlock and air pollution

With unprecedented economic development and urban expansion in China, private car ownership is on the rise, along with severe traffic congestion and air pollution. This is especially true in larger, wealthier cities but is a looming issue for smaller Chinese cities as well. Smaller cities and rural communities also are seeing increasing car ownership and 

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How can cities create circular jobs?

Authors: André Confiado, Cities Unit, UN Environment; Joke Dufourmont, Programme Lead, Jobs & Skills Programme, Circle Economy; Marion Guénard, Circular Development Officer, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability   Cities around the world are recognizing that the circular economy not only addresses resource scarcity and climate change but also can strengthen local economies and create 

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Resilient Cities Don’t Fear Rainy Days

Lykke Leonardsen is constantly thinking about rainy days… even when it’s sunny outside. But you really can’t blame her. Ever since Copenhagen’s 100-year storm on July 2 of 2011,  which caused major flooding and extensive infrastructure damage, city officials such as Leonardsen, who heads Copenhagen’s program for Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions, have been preoccupied 

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Urban freight and supply chain connectivity in a changing global economy

By Tsu-Jui Cheng, Sustainable Mobility Program Manager, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and Sunandan Tiwari , Director of Global Implementation, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Increasing globalization and consumerism have changed the way goods are transported and cities are at the frontlines of managing the logistics of freight. At the International Transport Forum 

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Exploring informal sustainable mobility for East African cities

Motorcycle taxis, known as boda-bodas, are a common sight in East Africa. While they serve as an accessible transport option for many urban residents, they also pose serious safety concerns and management challenges. However, new ideas and technologies have the potential to make boda-bodas a part of sustainable mobility systems in African cities. Boda-bodas operate 

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Biodiversity in cities: How natural asset mapping helps cities protect livelihoods and address climate change impacts

With the release of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) global assessment, it is increasingly clear that biodiversity and natural ecosystems play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the planet, particularly in the face of climate change. The natural environment provides many valuable and free services that contribute directly 

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Want to step up climate action in your city? Invest in your staff

Although they pave the way for national and international financial support, sophisticated emissions inventories are often the domain of the richest and most powerful cities. In other words, strong inventories often come from those with the resources to hire staff or pay third-party consultants to prepare those inventories. This perpetuates a difficult cycle: national and 

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How industrial legacy cities are advancing sustainable mobility transitions through green fleet management

By Rebecca Wessinghage, Transition Concepts Officer, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. This article also appears on the Urban Transitions Alliance website. Industrial legacy cities often have a history of quick population growth, urban sprawl and single-purpose urban planning. These factors have led to development trajectories that separated industrial districts from residential districts, creating car-centric 

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7 ICLEI Member cities make Nikkei’s list of “top 10 SDGs cities”

Many Japanese municipalities have been actively engaged with the realization of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a local level, working them explicitly into their urban development plans and other aspects of the public sector. In response to this growing commitment, the Nikkei Newspaper Industry Area Research Institute recently conducted what it called 

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ICLEI World Congress 2021: Call for bids

Every three years, ICLEI convenes the ICLEI World Congress for its Members in order to give them the opportunity to share and discover the latest strategies for sustainable development. Additionally, the ICLEI World Congress serves as the network’s key event for both recognizing the achievements of its Members and for laying out the organization’s strategy 

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