When science meets policy and practice: Top 3 ways to achieve Paris goals

We need to dig in and build stronger links between climate science, urban policy and practice. The interconnection between the three perspectives is critical to creating coherent policy frameworks driven by hard data and scientific evidence, and informed by practitioner expertise. Urban areas account for about 70 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and 

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COP23 is on track to set the scene for multilevel, multistakeholder climate action. This is how success could look

Every year, there is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP). The next one (COP23) will be in Bonn, Germany in November 2017. In between COPs, the UNFCCC organizes mid-year climate negotiation sessions – the so-called intersessionals – which are usually held in Bonn. The May 

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Building the architecture for global sustainability action: Time for strong coalitions

2016 marked the end of an important period in which nations sought political consensus around the global development agenda. They came to agree that sustainable development should, in fact, be the global agenda for change, consequently adopting major international agreements, like the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. The New 

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ICLEI Updates from Surabaya at HABITATIII PrepCom3

ICLEI at HABITATIII PrepCom3 ICLEI towards HABITATIII Here is an overview of 27 July and early hours of 28 July 1- Side event of ICLEI and University Tekniki Malaysia, focusing on advancing sustainability  of  Asian cities and regions effectively reflected the diversity of topic in the region through its multinational (Malaysia, S. Korea, Japan, Indonesia, 

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Updates from UN Bonn Climate Change Conference 2016, 16-27 May, SB44/APA1

CONFERENCE LINKS Conference website – http://unfccc.int/meetings/bonn_may_2016/meeting/9413.php IISD Earth Negotiations Coverage is available at http://www.iisd.ca/climate/sb44/ ICLEI DOCUMENTS LGMA Intervention at the Conference Opening and SBI44 Opening Remarks of Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and Member of ICLEI Global Executive Committee, at the Reception on 17 May 2016 Transformative Actions Programme May 2016 Update presented at Follow-up 

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Updates on #CitiesIPCC Campaign

Reporting from the IPCC 43rd Session in Nairobi:  On the morning of Tuesday 12 April, the IPCC43 Plenary continued deliberations on Agenda Item 8.1 on Special Reports, which started in the late evening of the day before. Around 12:00, the IPCC Chair announced that a Contact Group will be formed with a mandate to make 

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Day 1 at IPCC 43rd Session in Nairobi and updates on #CitiesIPCC Campaign

This post aims to provide a snapshot from the first day of the 43rd Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC43) held in Nairobi on 11-13 April, in particular in relation to #CitiesIPCC Campaign. 1- Representatives of the #CitiesIPCC Campaign attending the IPCC 43rd Session include Yunus Arikan from ICLEI, Emmanuaell Pinault from 

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Habitat III: What Needs to be Done on Financing Urban Development

The Mexico City Habitat III meeting on financing urban development is underway. The meeting is meant to provide input to the consultations on the New Urban Agenda concept, to be adopted at the 3rd UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito later this year. Local governments have an enormous potential 

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From Paris Agreement to Habitat III: A Global Preview of Sustainability in 2016

According to the Mayan calendar, 2015 was to be the year of the apocalypse. While the Earth did not stop turning, global achievements on sustainability in 2015 certainly marked a turning point for the world, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. These achievements constitute a new beginning for global efforts on sustainability, 

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COP21: The Three Basic Realities and Possible Solutions

In one week’s time, the eyes and ears of the world will focus on Paris to see whether national governments can reach a deal that will provide a sustainable future for current and future generations. The proposed negotiation text – over 50 pages long with 1,500 bracketed (i.e. without any guarantee of an agreement) sentences and paragraphs – is 

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