The Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015: Making Local Climate Action Visible

In May 2015, cities, local government networks and their partners launched the Transformative Actions Program (TAP), a long-term framework that will accelerate local and regional climate action. A total of 88 cities and regions from 42 countries have submitted over 120 projects to the TAP, signaling the start of longer term institutional capacity building and 

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Launch of First Global Standard to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cities

Today ICLEI, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) launched the first widely endorsed standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) uses a robust and clear framework to establish credible emissions accounting and reporting practices, thereby 

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Traffic-jammed Bogor City makes way for bikes and pedestrian

Bogor City is known as one of the most traffic-congested cities in Indonesia. Sustainable transport within the city is one of its top priorities, which is why the city launched a “Walkability Campaign” aimed at promoting sustainable forms of transport, thus reducing GHG emissions and air pollution. The “Walkability Campaign” is a project of the 

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Harnessing the power of the sun and aiming at zero waste: Indian cities work for low emissions development

With both population and economy rapidly growing, India will play a crucial role in any low-carbon scenario. Two model cities, Rajkot and Thane, and six satellite cities were selected to participate in the Urban-LEDS program, funded by the European Commission and implemented by UN-Habitat and ICLEI, with the objective of enhancing the transition to low 

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Putting community at the center, KwaDukuza develops a low-carbon vision for 2030

Where once stood the compound of the proud Zulu king Shaka, now live the 250,000 inhabitants of KwaDukuza Municipality. One of the two Urban-LEDS model cities in South Africa, KwaDukuza has so far been very active in forging a path to sustainability, striving to be an environmentally sustainable municipality that anticipates, manages and reduces its 

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In Fortaleza, 85% of GHG emissions comes from transport and waste. But there’s a plan

Fortaleza mirrors itself in the waters of the Atlantic coast of northeastern Brazil. It is the capital of Cearà State and has the highest demographic density of any state capital in Brazil. Its 2,5 million population puts natural resources and environment under high pressure, but Fortaleza is committed to a low carbon pathway and is 

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Recife counts on bikes and boats to reduce its carbon emissions

Recife has a unique tropical environment with six rivers and 66 canals, mangroves and coral reefs. Recife will be the first city in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the city and to set incremental goals to reduce these pollutants by 2020. It’s one of the two Urban-LEDS 

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