A real national to local conversation on climate governance

With the Paris Agreement, national governments pledged to implement large-scale greenhouse gas emissions reductions within the next decade. Each country was free to voluntary choose their own path, and these plans translated into so-called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). These are what countries promised to do in order to keep the global temperature rise below 2 

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Meet the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

The term sustainable public procurement might not seem so exciting at first glance, but it actually holds quite a bit of potential. In fact, the 10 of the cities that are part of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement came together at COP23 in Bonn to explain how sustainable procurement can be a 

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Cities, business and science aim to scale up low-emission solutions

On 13 November 2017, during COP23, cities, businesses and researchers gathered in a unique forum to discuss the implementation at scale of low-emissions solutions. Created by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, this was the third Low Emission Solutions Conference 

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Shaping a shared agenda for adaptation in human settlements: Nairobi Work Programme 11th Focal Point Forum at COP23

Expert stakeholders and national government representatives met at COP23 to discuss climate resilience in human settlements at the 11th Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP).  Interactive discussions built on the findings of submissions from governments and NWP partners and sought to identify concrete opportunities to bridge gaps in knowledge, funding, capacity, and policy. 

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How cities can prepare for autonomous driving

By Monika Zimmermann,  Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability & Michael Glotz-Richter, Senior Project Manager “Sustainable Mobility”, City of Bremen, Germany The content of this article reflects the personal opinions of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability. There is a need for a 

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The coming rise of urban infrastructure: turning infrastructure green

By Andrew M. Deutz, Ph. D., Director, International Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy — There are a handful of truly critical global sustainability challenges that will determine whether or not the world will be prosperous and healthy by the middle of this century—or by the time my kids are my age. Can we generate energy without 

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Why cities should engage with autonomous driving

By Monika Zimmermann,  Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and Michael Glotz-Richter, Senior Project Manager “Sustainable Mobility”, City of Bremen, Germany The content of this article reflects the personal opinions of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. On 7 and 8 June 

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Improving cities with nature: Introducing INTERACT-Bio

By Kobie Brand, Director of the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center — INTERACT-Bio is about working together to mainstream biodiversity and associated nature-based solutions into the way we plan and build the cities of the Global South. This ambitious new project enables ICLEI to work directly with nine biodiverse city-regions, their national governments and other stakeholders 

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How women are leading sustainable and resilient cities

This week the ECOCITY World Summit 2017 will bring together in Melbourne representatives of government, business, civil society and academia to address the unprecedented ecological challenges facing cities all around the world. Through a series of speakers, plenaries and panel discussions, the Summit will showcase expert knowledge and provide opportunities for knowledge exchange between these 

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Rotterdam implements energy transition and climate measures

By John J. Berger, PhD, an energy and environmental policy specialist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, who is currently working on a new book on resolving the climate crisis. — The City of Rotterdam has an abiding interest in cost-effective ways of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. One of its main strategies is 

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