Compact of Mayors gains momentum with 36 additional cities

From Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris, France to Seoul, South Korea, cities around the world are demonstrating collective leadership to fight climate change. Today, these megacities and 33 other leading cities and towns intensified their commitment to climate action by pledging to comply to the Compact of Mayors. “One of the most effective ways cities 

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TAP the potential of local climate action!

Today the new Transformative Actions Program (TAP) was launched to improve access to existing capital flows to cities and regions, as well as to catalyze and accelerate additional capital flows from public and private investors. Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI, commented: “The Transformative Actions Program is the result of an inclusive and cooperative effort 

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Seoul is the 2015 Earth Hour City Challenge Capital!

  The city of Seoul has been awarded the title Global Earth Hour Capital 2015. Seoul impressed an international jury of experts with its comprehensive approach to tackling climate change and its determination to ramp up use of renewable energy. The city’s approach to radically reducing emissions includes actions such as allocating a realistic budget 

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on stage with 100 Mayors to adopt the Seoul Declaration

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began the Opening Plenary today by delivering a message commending Mayor Park Wonsoon for his leadership on urban sustainability. Ban Ki-moon expressed his belief that cities would drive a global transformation and encouraged them to strengthen their networks.

ICLEI and WRI Partner to Advance Climate-Smart Urban Development

SEOUL (April 9, 2015)— The World Resources Institute, led by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and its carbonn Center announced a new partnership to help cities worldwide reduce their carbon footprint and pursue sustainable urban development. The two organizations formalized the agreement at the ICLEI World Congress in Seoul, 

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2 Days to the World Congress: Uniting on Public Procurement

The World Congress kicks off in just two days! Today we’re reporting more good news: European cities have committed to address issues of sustainable public procurement. Mayors from 26 European cities adopted a joint declaration for climate action in Paris (France) last week. The commitment came during a high-level meeting, chaired by the Mayor of 

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ICLEI Links: 3 April 2015

It’s our last set of ICLEI Links before the ICLEI World Congress 2015 in Seoul, which starts next Wednesday (8 April)! We hope to see some of you there. Thanks to all on Twitter and elsewhere for sharing links – we hope you enjoy reading them. City Stories Coventry low carbon network The UK’s first 

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Resilient Cities Asia Pacific congress calls for action on urban resilience

“People should be at the core of building urban resilience” 13 February 2015, Bangkok, Thailand: Mayors and municipal leaders from the Asia Pacific region have called for a more concerted and coordinated action to build resilience and adapt to the intensifying impacts of climate change. “There is a need to do things differently; to be 

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