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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 – IISD Earth Negotiations Coverage is available at 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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Day 2 and 3 at IPCC 43rd Session in Nairobi and updates on #CitiesIPCC Campaign

I am drafting this blog in the evening of Wednesday 13 April, on my return flight from Nairobi. I sincerely hope that I can upload and disseminate it during my short stopover in Doha. I left the UN Gigiri Campus in Nairobi around 15:00, and it was 17:30 when I received the latest updates from 

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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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The Urban Planet Pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai

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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Local Government Climate Roadmap Heads for COP21

As COP21 approaches, the Local Government Climate Roadmap (LGCR) is preparing to conclude its eight years of advocacy to recognize, engage and empower local and subnational governments as governmental stakeholders in the global climate regime. How did the LGCR’s journey begin? Despite the immense potential and power of local and subnational climate action, which has 

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Ambitious Pioneers Needed for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 25-27 September 2015, heads of states and governments will announce their commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York, USA. What is the Summit? The Summit is expected to set out the UN’s vision for a better world, leaving no one behind. It will 

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