The U.S. withdraws from the Paris Agreement: Message from Mayor Park Won Soon

Dear fellow ICLEI Members, I was deeply disappointed to learn that the U.S. has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement was adopted with worldwide celebration, and it entered into force less than one year later. It was a tremendous achievement, deserving of the praise it received. Although I am disappointed, I am not 

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Climate action in cities: the key to closing the emissions gap and creating resilient communities

Local action is the linchpin of a climate-safe, resilient future in our cities and towns. This week, visionary local leaders from around the world are coming together at the Seoul Mayors Forum for Climate Change 2016 to pave a unified path towards stronger global climate action. —- Climate change is, as always, a hot topic 

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The New Urban Agenda: an opportunity for cities and nations

From Seberang Perai, Malaysia to Seoul, South Korea, sustainable cities have unique assets. They are home to visionary leaders, skilled staff and active members of civil society – each an equal driver in defining and achieving local sustainability goals. They are also major political and economic centers with the potential to foster innovation and creative 

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ICLEI Links: 25 September 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! City Stories A report on the new bike sharing system in Seoul – Seoul is revamping and expanding its bike share system, with a new bike design, new terminals, and improved biking infrastructure. The trial period lasts 

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ICLEI Global Executive Committee Unveiled at World Congress

ICLEI’s Global Executive Committee 2015-2018 was unveiled at the opening plenary of the World Congress 2015. The ICLEI Global Executive Committee represents ICLEI Members on the global level and is the only governance body able to amend the association’s By-laws. The ICLEI Global Executive Committee and the ICLEI Council are the global decision-making and oversight 

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10 Days to the World Congress: A time for Action

Governors, mayors and local officials have the responsibility to address the current global trends and developments affecting the urban world of tomorrow. Around the globe, thousands of inspiring actions have already been taken, but there is a need to set more ambitious targets, implement more transformative actions and foster stronger collaborations to ensure a sustainable 

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The ICLEI World Congress 2015 in Numbers!

With just over a week until the start of the ICLEI World Congress 2015, we’re sharing a few numbers from what is one of ICLEI’s biggest ever events! So far we have: Over 1,100 registered participants 243 local and regional governments 151 ICLEI Members represented Over 100 Speakers Over 45 sessions and plenaries Be sure 

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Cities will lead the fight against climate change at the ICLEI World Congress 2015

Over the last 15-20 years, national governments have been struggling to reach a consensus on the action that is required to limit catastrophic global warming. Yet outside of the high-level conferences, there is hope and progress. All over the world, cities and local governments have been developing and implementing revolutionary practices to mitigate and adapt 

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Call for Social Reporters: ICLEI World Congress 2015

Are you interested in the environment, sustainability, local governments, climate change, and the future of cities? Would you like to spend one week reporting on a major international congress and working with the communications team of the world’s leading local government network? Then we want to hear from you! We are looking for volunteer social 

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