The U.S. withdraws from the Paris Agreement: Message from Mayor Park Won Soon

Dear fellow ICLEI Members, I was deeply disappointed to learn that the U.S. has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement was adopted with worldwide celebration, and it entered into force less than one year later. It was a tremendous achievement, deserving of the praise it received. Although I am disappointed, I am not 

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Letter from David Jácome Polit, Chief Resilience Officer of Quito – March 2017

Dear ICLEI friends and colleagues, We live in a highly dynamic world. Along with our changing climate, social, technological, economic, demographic and ecological conditions are evolving, often at record pace. Resilience thinking is essential to understanding these forces and finding solutions for their effects. The Municipality of Quito has begun to make major transformations using 

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Water and Sanitation for Cities in the spotlight at LOCS4Africa

In partnership with hosts the City of Ekurhuleni, ICLEI Africa convened the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) congress from 22 to 24 March 2017. LoCS4Africa 2017 saw over 400 delegates, representing 53 cities from 40 countries gather to discuss the challenge of water for cities against the backdrop of uncertain climate and water futures. 

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How these five global cities have improved their air quality

Air quality is a major issue in most large cities worldwide, but also impacts on the surrounding rural and peri-urban areas. Rapid industrialization, private transport and residential heating are the main culprits behind the decrease in air quality recently registered by the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, more than 80% of people living in 

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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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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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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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European cities and towns acclaim the Basque Declaration

The Basque Declaration has been adopted by local and regional leaders taking part in the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, providing urban societies with pathways to become productive, sustainable and resilient. Bilbao, Basque Country, 27 April 2016. – At a time when Europe and the European Union are facing severe financial and social 

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Urban Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving

Post by Laura Kavanaugh, Resilient Cities Team Leader, ICLEI World Secretariat Resilience as a concept within the field of environmental sustainability is a relatively new development. Previously, policy makers and sustainability professionals tended to think in terms of Urban Risk or Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). That is to say, they were concerned with how well 

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City of Tshwane and Budapest join the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement has welcomed two new participants: the City of Tshwane (South Africa) and Budapest (Hungary). By signing the GLCN on SP Commitments’ Document, both cities have expressed their desire to take a leading role globally in the implementation of sustainable public procurement, to act as global and regional 

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