How science will keep 1.5°C alive for your city

As national and regional governments grapple to “keep 1.5°C alive” with updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), science-based climate targets offer local governments a clear path towards effective climate mitigation. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (working Group I) published in 2021, human-induced global warming will see temperatures surpass 2 

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You can’t manage what you don’t measure. How climate reporting tracks progress and secures investment.

This blog was written by Braoin MacLauchlan and Matteo Bizzotto, with contributions by Einav Grinberg, Laura Noriega, Carla Marino, Maryke van Staden (ICEI World Secretariat) and George Bush (CDP).  A growing sense of urgency, propelled by the IPCC reports, COP26 discussions, and the need for real impact by 2030 mean climate policies have never been 

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Strengthening synergies between culture and climate change science

The first-ever International Co-Sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate (ICSM CHC) brought together scientists and experts to explore linkages between culture and heritage, climate science and climate action this past December. The event was jointly organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and 

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Urban shade and mangroves: Nature’s secret weapons against climate change

This blog was originally written for the UrbanShift project by Braoin MacLauchlan and Matteo Bizzotto. For most of us, most days, thinking about the benefits we get from nature is not on the top of our to-do list. We eat our food, grown from nature’s soil. We drink water that’s at least in part naturally 

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Mainstreaming climate action into urban development: Learnings from India’s innovative ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) initiative

This post has been written as part of the UrbanShift project by Bhaskar Padigala, Karishma Asarpota, and Matteo Bizzotto. Among several critical themes discussed and negotiated by the world leaders at the recently concluded COP26, was the role of local and regional governments. This emerged as one of the main enabling factors required to keep 

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Taipei City’s journey towards net-zero: Ambitious climate action, transparency, and SDGs.

This blog was written by Taipei’s Department of Environmental Protection and by Matteo Bizzotto, Social Media and Communications Officer at ICLEI World Secretariat. Despite the severe impacts of COVID-19 worldwide, climate change remains one of the greatest threats towards humanity’s – and cities’ – future. But it is exactly in cities where the biggest gains 

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Listen. Include. Empower. How local communities take central stage at COP26

Subnational governments have found their home at the Multilevel Action Pavilion at COP26, a place for debate, knowledge exchange, and success stories of subnational climate action and collaboration. As the Pavilion’s motto “Time4MultilevelAction” suggests, collaboration between all levels of governments and different stakeholders must now become the new normal. That spirit was fully embodied by 

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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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Cities Race to Resilience: A global campaign to catalyze resilient action

The threats posed by climate change are increasing all over the world and cities are at the forefront of increasing loss and damages incurred by flooding, drought, extreme heat, sea-level rise, and more. Urban centers cannot act on climate change mitigation alone but must focus on urban resilience too. That’s where the Cities Race to 

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Framing the future of urban resilience: An interview with Resilient Development Head Nazmul Huq

Ten years ago, ICLEI launched the first Resilient Cities Congress to respond to a growing and largely unaddressed need of local and regional governments to plan for the uncertain impacts of climate change in an integrated manner. Since then, resilience has gone from a fringe topic to a mainstream climate policy approach at all levels. 

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