Collaborating for change: Yokohama shares innovative solutions to advance the SDGs

  By Isabelle Ward Achieving the SDGs will not only help mitigate the climate crisis, it will bring positive economic and social change. However, the UN Summit in 2019 and SDG High Level Political Forum in 2020 both stressed that we are behind in terms of meeting the SDG targets. Effective knowledge sharing between cities 

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How to achieve a 1.5°C lifestyle? Japanese cities have unique tools to offer

We are in the middle of a planetary crisis due to climate change. The Paris Agreement,  set in 2015, strives to combat climate change and limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrialization levels. If the 1.5 °C target is to be met, we need to drastically change our lifestyles.  To promote 

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Itabashi Ward revitalises its small scale urban agriculture tradition

Small scale urban agriculture in Japan has a long history but is increasingly being diversified beyond just providing freshly grown products. It is offering farming experiences for residents, green space for communities, conserving local biodiversity and, in disaster prone Tokyo, safe evacuation space. In Itabashi it also presents a way for residents to rediscover, and 

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Call for Application! ESD Okayama Award 2021

‘ESD Okayama Award 2021’ is open for entry! Okayama City (Japan) and ESD Okayama Award Steering Committee are pleased to announce that ‘ESD Okayama Award 2021’ is open for entry internationally.  It rewards outstanding practices on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in local communities around the world.  The aims of the award are to support the organizations carrying out ESD activities and promote ESD to local communities globally through showcasing their initiatives. The world is facing severe challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are aware that many organizations 

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City-to-City Collaboration for Low-Carbon Society between Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) and Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) have made a relationship as member cities of the “Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21)” established in 2001 and as members of the C40 (Cities Climate Leadership Group).  Both cities are known internationally for their strong interest in this field: TMG has announced its commitment 

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By Aichi Prefecture’s call, 51 Local governments in Japan signed the Edinburgh Declaration

Aichi Prefecture hosted the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP10) in Nagoya in 2010. At the COP, Aichi Targets (global targets for 2011–2020) and the “Action Plan for Cities and Local Governments” were adopted. Since the adoption of the “Action Plan for Cities and Local Governments” and the “Global Targets for 

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The 12th International Forum on Sustainable Asia-Pacific (ISAP2020)

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) will hold the 12th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific [ISAP2020] online from Monday 9th November to Friday 13th November and on Monday 30th November 2020. ICLEI officials will be speaking at the following sessions: Thematic Track 2 “Connecting Local and Global: Bolstering Green and Zero Carbon 

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Daring Cities 2020’s sessions by Japan

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the climate crisis continues to impact our cities, towns and regions around the world. Daring Cities is the global, action-oriented virtual forum, designed by ICLEI and the city of Bonn, to empower urban leaders – such as mayors, city councilors, administrators, and urban thought leaders, as well as 

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ICLEI Communication Vol.12 is now available

ICLEI Japan has been focusing on local governments, who are the main actors in realizing a sustainable society, and introduces those that are leading the way in combating on climate change in the bimonthly Global Warming issue of Nippo Business (Only Japanese Available). [tr][td] Volume 12:Under the shadow of coronavirus, the Race to Zero Campaign 

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ICLEI Communication Vol.10 & Vol.11 are now available

ICLEI Japan has been focusing on local governments, who are the main actors in realizing a sustainable society, and introduces those that are leading the way in combating on climate change in the bimonthly Global Warming issue of Nippo Business (Only Japanese Available). During the UNFCCC COP25 in December 2019, ICLEI represented local governments and 

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