The Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley conducts study on freight transport

Freight movement is intrinsically linked to cities’ economic development. Managing freight flows effectively is essential to the supply of basic goods and services and economic prosperity, as well as reducing its negative environmental and social impacts. More importantly, effective freight management improves quality of life for local communities. In Colombia, freight transport is managed by  

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In Brazil, São Bernardo do Campo Municipality looks into priority adaptation measures to tackle the challenges of climate change

By the end of next month, the municipality of São Bernardo do Campo, located in São Paulo State, will deliver the last stage of its risk and climate vulnerability assessment conducted by the WayCarbon – ICLEI South America consortium. The project is part of the PROINFRA Program and is financed by the Latin America Development 

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ICLEI USA applauds the ambitious U.S. 2030 climate goal developed through strong multilevel collaboration.

It is time to turn this opportunity into a new normal in every country towards COP26. ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA applauds the Biden administration for announcing the U.S.’ second nationally determined contribution (NDC) submission to the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims at 50 to 52 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels 

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How Belo Horizonte is educating on agro-ecology and urban agriculture

On 19 February, the Food and Nutritional Security Secretariat in the city of Belo Horizonte promoted the virtual exchange “Public Policies of Agroecology and Urban Agriculture,” aimed at training and improving the understanding of urban agriculture and agroecology by the city’s managers and municipal employees. This exchange of experiences included the city of Rosario (Argentina), 

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Colombian cities kick off climate planning in 2021 with updated NDC in mind

The Colombian cities of Envigado and Manizales are starting off the year by updating their climate plans – called Integral Management Plans for Territorial Climate Change (PIGCCT). It is through these plans that territorial governing bodies and regional environmental authorities can identify and define objectives and actions for adapting and mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 

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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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