City of Cape Town to Procure Electric Buses

The City of Cape Town, one of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement participants, will issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for the MyCiTi service, in line with their commitment to lowering carbon emissions. Since the inception of MyCiTi service in May 2010, approximately 38.5 million passenger journeys have been 

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ICLEI Delegation Visits Basque Country

Post by Meritxell Diaz Santos An international delegation from ICLEI, led by Stefan Kuhn, Deputy Regional Director of the ICLEI European Secretariat, recently visited the Basque Country to  finalise details for the programme of activities of the 8th European Conference on  Sustainable Cities and Towns, to be held in the Basque Country from 27 to 

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TAP Time: East Asia

On 9 December 2015, at the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 cities from Mongolia, Japan, and Chinese Taipei presented projects that are part of the Transformative Actions Program (TAP). While the projects were distinct in location and focus, intercity collaboration and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) arose as strong themes throughout the presentations. Mayor 

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GIB: Launch of the New Voluntary Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

On 9 December 2015, the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (GIB) hosted a session at the Cities & Regions Pavilion to launch SuRe® – the Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. The session explored how the Standard can be applied in urban areas and ways in which the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) can make use of 

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TAP Time: South Asia

The South Asia TAP Time session on 8 December kicked-off with a scientific overview of the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities ARC3.2 findings for South Asia, presented by Soumayya Ali Ibrahim, International Program Manager, Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). According to UCCRN’s recent climate modeling data findings, the majority of Indian 

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UNEP, ICLEI, KEITI: Reducing GHG Emissions through Sustainable Public Procurement

UNEP, ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability, and the Korean Environmental Institute for Technology and Innovation (KEITI) hosted a session at the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 at COP21 on 5 December at 17.30. The session raised awareness about the potential of sustainable public procurement (SPP) as a tool to reduce GHG emissions. The discussion focused on 

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Cities and Subnationals Advance Agenda at COP21 Focus Event

The Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) focus event on Cities and Subnationals on 8 December at COP21 touched on all aspects of local climate action, offering the perspective of experts, UN agencies and local leaders. Al Gore, former Vice-President of the United States and climate leader, opened the event on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 

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Flagship Event on Cities and Regions: The Globalization of the Covenant of Mayors

On 8 December 2015, the European Commission and European Committee of the Regions organized a session entitled “Flagship Event on Cities and Regions: The Globalization of the Covenant of Mayors” in the European Union Pavilion at COP21. During the event, local leaders presented their experiences in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. 

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City Mayors Respond to Urban Poor through Climate Action

On 8 December 2015, Mayor James Nxumalo of Durban, South Africa and Vice President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability joined Councillor Wayne Walker of Auckland, New Zealand, member of the ICLEI Regional Executive Committee for Oceania; Amal-Lee Amin, Division Chief of Infrastructure and Environmental Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB); and Cristiana 

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ICLEI, Renewable Cities, World Future Council: Cities and Regions Moving towards 100% Renewable Energy

“What does it take? Will, partnership, pilots, vision, leadership,” said Milan Obradovic, Deputy Mayor of the City of Malmö, Sweden. The cities of Paris, Vancouver, Tshwane, Malmö and Jeju Province took the stage on Monday, 7 December at the Cities & Regions Pavilion to share with the audience strategies for a transition towards renewables. The 

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