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A Cities and Regions Guide to COP26

Everything your city or region needs to know about this year’s global climate event and driving multilevel climate action during and beyond the summit. Want to be a part of the action in Glasgow? The Multilevel Action Pavilion is in-person and online! Register today! The 26th climate COP is a critical summit for global climate 

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World Food Day: For cities, the people, and the planet

This blog was originally written for UrbanShift by Braoin MacLauchlan, Communications Assistant at ICLEI World Secretariat, and edited by Matteo Bizzotto, Communications and Social Media Officer at ICLEI World Secretariat. Food shapes every aspect of our lives: from our physical and mental health to our overall quality of life. It also bridges us to our 

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Cars are out. Bikes are in. Sustainable mobility is making waves in Malmö.

By Lucas Dietrichson, Communication Strategist, City of Malmö and Braoin MacLauchlan, Communications Assistant, ICLEI World Secreteriat Malmö is growing. And with that, more people will need sustainable modes of transport. This is how Malmö is changing both the city’s infrastructure and mindset to succeed. Malmö is popular. It’s Sweden’s fastest growing city, with many commuting 

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5 reasons to embrace the bicycle as Malmö pedals forward – a leading cycling city

By Lucas Dietrichson, Communication Strategist, City of Malmö The Copenhagenize index ranked Malmö in 2017 as the 5th most bicycle-friendly city in the world. Here are five reasons why people prefer to get around by bike. In Malmö, cycling is the easiest and fastest way to move around the city. It is a natural part 

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The road to healthier and climate neutral cities

It is said that a city’s transport infrastructure is like its blood supply, circulating people and goods. It can also be said that it’s a reflection of a city’s vigor and health. Partly due to spikes in population growth and continual urbanization, the last few years have seen the livability of cities around the world 

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Two birds, one stone. How Öresund’s unique cross-border metro will boost labor markets and help reach climate targets.

By Lucas Dietrichson, Communication Strategist, City of Malmö and Braoin MacLauchlan, Communications Assistant, ICLEI World Secreteriat As one part of Öresund grapples with looming labor shortages due to its ageing population, another struggles to remain attractive for its primarily younger residents. The first international metro in Europe offers to join these two parts and alleviate 

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Our brilliant opportunity: Daring Cities 2021 wraps up with a sense that local voices are finally being heard.

For the past 20 years, Saleemul Huq has been working with people living in what he described as “the poorer parts of the developing world,” and as he spoke on what was the final day of Daring Cities 2021 – billed as 2030 Visions Day –, Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change 

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Why the end of Daring Cities is just the beginning…

After five packed days of discussion, workshops and networking on everything from multi-level collaborations to addressing land capture, Daring Cities 2021 has come to a close. But the journey doesn’t end here. We reflect on the achievements of the week and how Daring Cities’ outcomes will sow the seeds for the climate discussions at COP26 

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Why city-level data will be the key to unlocking impactful climate action

Data. It permeates every aspect of our lives, there’s more of it now than ever, and it might just be the key to us reaching our climate goals. Together with cutting-edge modelling systems, it’s helped us understand the gravity of the climate crisis. And together with innovative technologies, it is helping us build our capacity 

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Financing resilience to combat compounding climate hazards

In the opening address of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Supporting Ambitious Climate Action, Dr. Jürgen Zattler, Germany’s Director General, Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, reflected on the devastating flooding that took place in his country this past summer, causing 165 deaths and resulting in an estimated $2.3 billion USD in damage. He was quick to 

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