DSC06738

When cities and towns unite: the Seoul Communiqué for global climate action

The second day of the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change got underway with focused discussions on critical tools cities need to achieve local climate goals. Mayoral Second Annual Summit: Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN) Given the huge spending power of cities worldwide, sustainable procurement represents one of the most direct and practical tools cities can use 

Continue Reading →

Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate change

When cities push for greater global climate ambitions

The Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change opened on September 1 in the capital of the Republic of Korea, gathering nearly 40 cities, to share how cities can support national and global efforts to raise the level of global ambition and ensure a rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Opening session Mayoral discussion 

Continue Reading →

Compact Original Classic

Climate action in cities: the key to closing the emissions gap and creating resilient communities

Local action is the linchpin of a climate-safe, resilient future in our cities and towns. This week, visionary local leaders from around the world are coming together at the Seoul Mayors Forum for Climate Change 2016 to pave a unified path towards stronger global climate action. —- Climate change is, as always, a hot topic 

Continue Reading →

Calgary skyline_small

The New Urban Agenda: an opportunity for cities and nations

From Seberang Perai, Malaysia to Seoul, South Korea, sustainable cities have unique assets. They are home to visionary leaders, skilled staff and active members of civil society – each an equal driver in defining and achieving local sustainability goals. They are also major political and economic centers with the potential to foster innovation and creative 

Continue Reading →

ICLEI Links: 15 August 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! City Stories Bike jams and unwritten rules: a day with Amsterdam’s new ‘bicycle mayor’ A new New York? Manhattan’s oldest neighbourhood goes car-free, kind of … Six of the best city walks – from readers around 

Continue Reading →

160804_DSC_3428_Leipzig_green&inclusive many

Rethinking the Commute With Intermodality in Leipzig

Shared Mobility Airbnb, Kickstarter, Craigslist, Uber, TaskRabbit. These names, and the ever-growing market value they each represent, are indicative of the shift to a new economy – the shared economy. From goods to accommodation, fundraising to services, “sharing” models have disrupted traditional economic cycles across sectors; mobility is no different (Roland Berger, 2014).  Shared mobility 

Continue Reading →

ICLEI Links: 1 August 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! City Stories Lessons from Seoul: why Liverpool needs an open data platform Vegetarian Cities Are Not the Worst Idea The soup revolution: changing cities over dinner, from Detroit to Liverpool Climate Change Stories English cities should 

Continue Reading →

ICLEI Links: 18 July 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! City Stories Transforming a motorcycle city: the long wait for Hanoi’s metro San Francisco Bans Styrofoam, Passes Nation’s Toughest Anti-Styrofoam Law Berlin’s citizens reclaim their river after 100-year ban Climate Change Stories World’s first treaty to 

Continue Reading →

final panel

What we learned at Resilient Cities 2016

Resilience is about people more than anything else. For every database, for every project, there is always a human interface: the civil servants, community leaders and regular citizens making resilience a reality. This was a red thread along the whole Resilient Cities 2016 congress, which wrapped up today in Bonn after three days of intense, 

Continue Reading →

SIS

Small island states: overlooked but highly vulnerable

The number of climate change-related events is rapidly increasing, and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) are highly vulnerable. In 2013, Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, was hit by a major flash flood that damaged informal settlements built in high-risk areas. In 2015, a huge cyclone destroyed big parts of Port Vila, the capital of 

Continue Reading →