Salvador, Brazil is tackling socioeconomic inequality through climate action

At the end of December 2020, the city of Salvador, capital of Bahia, officially launched its first Plan for Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change (PMAMC). Among its various actions and objectives is the ambitious goal of reaching carbon neutrality in the Bahian capital by 2049, when the city will be 500 years old. The 

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5 Brazilian cities that are leading on climate reporting

To wrap up 2020 five Brazilian municipalities that are part of the ICLEI network in South America – Betim, Canoas, Contagem, Recife and Sorocaba – released their greenhouse gas emissions inventories. GHG inventories are important climate documents that identify the cities’ GHG emissions profile and its main emissions sources. The data compiled through a GHG 

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Five things the Biden-Harris Administration could do to use the strength of cities to help meet the Paris Goals

Written by Angie Fyfe, Director of ICLEI USA, and Yunus Arikan, ICLEI’s Director of Global Advocacy When his inauguration as the forty-sixth President of the United States is complete, Joe Biden will reenter the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement. This action will create positive momentum around the world and align the world’s biggest economies 

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2021: Expectations and advances in sustainability in South America

The year 2020 marked the planet and humanity by facing the Covid-19 pandemic. The health crisis demonstrated the decisive importance of local governments in implementing effective cross-cutting policies in a context in which cities were the epicenter of impacts and responses to the crisis.   According to the United Nations, currently 55% of the world 

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The crucial role of local governments in South Korea’s bold actions towards carbon neutrality by 2050

On 5 June 2020, World Environment Day, 226 local governments in South Korea gathered at the national assembly to declare a climate emergency. One month later, on 7 July 2020, 80 sub-national governments (17 provincial and 63 local governments) launched the Korean Local Governments’ Action Alliance for Carbon-Neutrality and urged nation-wide action for carbon neutrality 

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ICLEI at 30: An interview with Rodrigo Perpétuo, Executive Secretary of ICLEI South America

New York, September 1990. During the 1st World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the headquarters of the United Nations, 200 local governments from 43 countries founded the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. In 2003, the organization was renamed ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. In September 2020, ICLEI is celebrating 

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Lessons for the future: the impacts of quarantine on air quality in Brazil

Everyone has the right to breathe clean air. This is the premise of the United Nations International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, celebrated annually on the 7th of September. The majority of the global population is exposed daily to hazardous substances and waste that increase the chances of developing diseases and disabilities throughout 

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Clean air – time to celebrate or accelerate?

Authors: Maryke van Staden, Director of carbonn Climate Center and Felix Akrofi-Atitianti, Integrated Climate Action Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat As we celebrate the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on 7 September 2020, it is time to reflect. How big a problem is air pollution today? What is happening to reduce harmful 

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Manizales, Colombia, receiving climate compliance from ICLEI South America

Located in the coffee zone of Colombia, Manizales is working on its Climate Action Plan, which will establish what actions and goals are necessary for the city to be resilient.   The city of Manizales, Colombia, was chosen to receive direct support through the Urban-LEDS II project for the elaboration of their inventory of greenhouse 

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In Memoriam: Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul (1956 – 2020)

The ICLEI Global Executive Committee and the entire ICLEI network are deeply saddened by the passing away of Mayor Park Won-soon. The world has lost a visionary city leader and a tireless advocate for local climate action and sustainable cities. We acknowledge that the circumstances leading up to and surrounding his death are of an 

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