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Facilitating climate solutions for local governments to raise ambition and accelerate action

Who should engage in raising ambition and accelerating climate action? Over the last two weeks, national and local representatives gathered in Bonn for the Bonn Climate Change Conference organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to discuss this point. Celebrating the important achievements of COP 21, governments and other key actors 

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From Agenda 21 to COP21: Addressing resilience in cities and informal settlements

By Omar Siddique, Senior Urban Specialist, Cities Alliance Chapter 7 on ‘human settlements’, which emerged from the first Rio Conference in 1992, received huge political push back from developing countries and environmentalists at the time of the negotiations over the text. Issues regarding cities and settlements were seen as part of the polluting, unsustainable “brown 

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Updates from UN Bonn Climate Change Conference 2016, 16-27 May, SB44/APA1

CONFERENCE LINKS Conference website – http://unfccc.int/meetings/bonn_may_2016/meeting/9413.php IISD Earth Negotiations Coverage is available at http://www.iisd.ca/climate/sb44/ ICLEI DOCUMENTS LGMA Intervention at the Conference Opening and SBI44 Opening Remarks of Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and Member of ICLEI Global Executive Committee, at the Reception on 17 May 2016 Transformative Actions Programme May 2016 Update presented at Follow-up 

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ICLEI celebrates 20 years of work on Sustainable Public Procurement

ICLEI is celebrating 20 years of work on sustainable procurement. Sustainable procurement brings environmental, societal and economic benefits at the local level, and can help drive the market towards sustainability. Over the last 20 years, through its activities on sustainable and innovation procurement, ICLEI has been involved in 150 projects; organised 100 conferences, seminars and workshops; trained 

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Building Resilience in Informal Settlements

Building resilience in cities should enhance the quality of life for all residents. Yet resilience planning, like urban development, has previously excluded an entire subset of urban dwellers: those living in informal settlements. In reality, the residents of informal settlements should be central to strengthening local resilience; they represent a significant portion of the global 

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Cities Are “Underdeveloped” – But Cooperation Can Change That

Through forming partnerships across different sectors of society, cities can transform themselves from being output based to outcome based, greatly improving their productivity and becoming even more valuable as centres of economic growth, said Jeb Brugmann, founder of ICLEI and Managing Partner of the Next Practice Ltd., speaking at the 8th European Sustainable Cities & 

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ICLEI Links: 6 May 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! City Stories Scaling Up Urban Energy Efficiency in Mexico: How Two Pilots Led to a National Program and Leveraged Investment Eyeing Sustainability, Chicago Hires First Resilience Officer Urban = Pedestrian? Climate Change Stories Is There Ever 

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Paradoxes Of A Smart City – Part 2: Integrated Urban Systems vs. Resilience

In our first “Paradoxes of a Smart City” post we explored the Jevons paradox and argued that cities need to ensure that efficiency gains achieved through the deployment of smart solutions are not offset by an increase in absolute resource use. Another potential paradox faced by cities in pursuit of ‘smartness’ concerns systems integration and 

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