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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A Time for Pioneering Local Climate Action

As the COP21 approaches, national governments have recognized that, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it, “The road to sustainability runs through the world’s towns and cities.” The world has woken up to the power of local and subnational governments to act first on climate change, with a growing number of organizations looking to unite 

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Sendai Conference raises the curtain for the post-2015 development agenda, focusing on disaster risk reduction

On 13-18 March 2014, ICLEI Member City Sendai (Japan) will host the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). The conference aims to finalize the design of the international and multistakeholder framework of collaboration on disaster risk reduction for the next couple of decades. WCDRR is of particular importance as the first decadal intergovernmental 

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Ahead of ADP2.8: a flashback on our “Accelerated Dialogue with Parties”

Climate negotiators will meet in Geneva for one week starting from this Sunday to kick-off the last round of their negotiations, known as the ADP (Ad Hoc Working Group on Durban Platform for Enhanced Action). These negotiations is expected to conclude with an agreed outcome in December this year in Paris, which will define the 

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The road from Lima to Paris: Keep three lanes free for local governments!

“In this 25 years of global climate regime, there is one overpowering message: no President, Minister, Mayor, CEO or citizen can meet the challenge of climate change alone. If we are to bring down global temperatures, we must step up, scale up, speed up local climate action globally. Together, let’s innovate, integrate, collaborate!” Park Won-Soon, Mayor, 

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3 Days to Lima: UN Technical Papers Open New Frontiers for Local and Subnational Action

Food for decisions in Lima to scale-up actions towards and beyond Paris Ahead of the UN Lima Climate Change Conference (COP20/CMP10), the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a comprehensive Technical Paper (TP), together with four addendums on land-use, urban environment, carbon capture use and storage, and non-CO2 gases. The documents summarize over two years of intensive 

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Why Lima’s COP20 is our chance to move from vision to action

“The darkest moment of the night is the minute before the dawn” Exactly 10 days from now, climate negotiators from all round the world will meet in Lima, Peru for the 20th session of the annual UN climate conference (UNFCCC COP20/CMP10). Ahead of these talks, we have every reason to be concerned about the effect 

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