ICLEI and UCLG Cohost Compact of Mayors Side Event

On 7 December 2015, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) cohosted a Blue Zone side event on behalf of the Compact of Mayors Management Committee. The event provided a forum through which Compact committed and compliant cities could report on their achievements, update negotiators on Compact activities since 

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Copenhagen: Making Sustainability Convenient

Copenhagen is striving to be the first carbon neutral city in the world, and is well on the way toward this goal, with a 31% absolute reduction and a 40% per capita drop in greenhouse gas emissions since 2005. In 2014, the London School of Economics named Copenhagen a green growth leader, recognizing its achievements 

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EcoMobility: Actions Speak Louder than Words

On Saturday, 5 December, six visionary city leaders came together in the Cities & Regions Pavilion to display their actions to advance ecomobility in their cities. The session was organized by the City of Johannesburg and ICLEI. The EcoMobility World Festival 2015 in October in Johannesburg constituted a landmark in the history of South African 

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ICLEI: First Annual Summit of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

Participants in the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP) have come together on Saturday 5 December at the COP21 to celebrate their first annual Summit in the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015. Auckland, Cape Town, Denver, Ghent, Helsinki, Oslo, Quezon, Rotterdam, Seoul and Warsaw are all participants of this Network, 

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ICLEI, IDEA, Euroheat&Power, Empower: District Energy in Cities

Is it possible to use the words “sexy” and “cost effective” in the same sentence? It is, if you are talking about modern district energy. Three district energy champion cities – Saint Paul (USA), Malmö (Sweden) and Gothenburg (Sweden) took the stage to show how “hot” this topic is for achieving a climate-smart, resilient and 

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TAP Time: North America

The North American TAP Time session on Friday, 4 December at the Cities & Regions Pavilion presented transformative projects from six North American cities. These projects were selected through a competitive application process and are recognized at the TAP Pavilion for their ambition and potential to accelerate climate actions locally. The “Big Blue Bus Electrification” is a 

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Mayors Convene for Landmark Climate Summit for Local Leaders

On 4 December 2015, hundreds of mayors convened at Paris City Hall for the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, as part of the largest global convening of mayors, governors and local leaders focused on climate change. The afternoon general session began with opening remarks from cohosts Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, and Michael Bloomberg, UN 

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TAP Time: Climate Awareness and Education

“TAP Time” sessions at the Cities & Regions Pavilion showcase the most promising projects from the Transformative Actions Program (TAP). The TAP aims to raise global climate ambitions by accelerating local and regional climate action. A session on Climate Awareness and Education on 4 December featured presentations from Kyoto, Manchester and and Rio de Janeiro. 

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TAP Time: France

“TAP Time” sessions at the Cities & Regions Pavilion showcase the most promising projects from the Transformative Actions Program (TAP). Today’s France TAP Time session featured presentations from Célia Blauel, Deputy Mayor of Paris; Stéphane Troussel, President of the Seine-Saint-Denis Departmental Council; and Damien Carême, Mayor of Grande-Synthe. The projects all focused on housing renovation 

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TAP Time: Brazil

“TAP Time” sessions at the Cities & Regions Pavilion showcase the most promising projects from the Transformative Actions Program (TAP). The Brazil “TAP Time” session on Thursday, 3 December featured presentations from  Mayor Marcio Lacerda of Belo Horizonte,  representing Itu, Mayor Antonio Luiz Carvalho accompanied by Rodrigo Ventre, Executive Director of EPPO, Project Coordinator Helio Machado 

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