Cities and subnationals make their case for multilevel climate action at the kickoff of Daring Cities 2023

Daring Cities 2023 started with a bang with a hybrid two-day event alongside the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Talks (SB58) in Bonn, Germany this past week. Local leaders sat face-to-face with national negotiators to make the case for urban inclusion in national goals and implementation strategies, and our host City of Bonn celebrated entry into the 

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Fire truck at the Bonn fire department

How COVID-19 is affecting the work of local government sustainability officers

Nontsundu Ndonga in uMhlathuze, South Africa, is now requiring all applications to the planning department to be completed online to eliminate the need for in-person consultations. Chris Castro in Orlando, Florida, USA, has had to postpone all of the city’s in-person Earth Day activities. Lotte Suveri, in Turku, Finland, has put all their social media 

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Japanese local and regional governments move first on Paris Agreement

The new Japanese Minister of Environment, Shinjirō Koizumi, attended his first climate Conference of the Parties this year, and he brought with him both good and bad news. Local and regional governments in Japan have been stepping forward to make ambitious commitments to zero carbon, as of COP25, 28 local governments had announced their plans 

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COP25 Infographic: How local and regional governments engage in global climate advocacy

COP25 is underway. The Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency has come to the annual Convention of the Parties with 100+ mayors and other subnational leaders from 40+ countries and 70 cities, participating in 120+ sessions supported by 20+ partners. How did this non-party stakeholder group come into being? At the Earth Summit in 

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Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds

Anna Reynolds, Lord Mayor of Hobart, Australia, on the special role of capital cities in combating climate change

The capital cities are Australia’s best-known cities, and they are the economic engines of the country, so they have an important role to play in tackling climate change and working with the national government, the Lord Mayor from Hobart related in a recent interview.

[Infographic] How ICLEI’s five pathways contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals to transform our world. These goals are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which countries adopted in 2015. They are a call to action by all countries to encourage economic prosperity while protecting the earth and its resources. The goals demonstrate that economic growth is interconnected 

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