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The Seoul Connection: One city's mission to spread climate action
October 9, 2019
Seoul is home to about 10 million citizens and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The rapidly growing population has also been critical to the city’s success in becoming one of the world’s most sustainable cities. Host of the upcoming 2019 Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change, Seoul Metropolitan Government 

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Using the power of art to communicate on nature and climate
October 8, 2019
Most of the messages reaching us about environmental degradation and climate change have a looming, threatening rhetoric. Rising greenhouse gas emissions are melting glaciers, the world is experiencing mass extinctions, and extreme meteorological events linked to climate change are hitting communities throughout the world.
Eight great ideas to tackle food insecurity from industrial legacy cities
October 8, 2019
For formerly industrial cities that have transitioned away from heavy industry, food insecurity has been a dire problem. Prolonged disinvestment common to former blue collar neighborhoods often means that food insecurity is more significant in these areas. But these cities are also showing how food systems can be made more equitable and sustainable.
Cities across the globe meet to define best practices in low emission development
October 8, 2019
Sometimes seeing something is the best way to learn. That’s what representatives from 23 cities in Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Rwanda, South Africa and Europe had the opportunity to do on a recent European study trip on sustainable urban development and climate resilience.
Top 5 takeaways for cities and regions from the UN Climate Action Summit
September 25, 2019
For this year’s Climate Action Summit in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on leaders to bring concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, plans that would bring nations in line to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade and to net zero emissions by 

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How to declare a climate emergency
September 24, 2019
A new toolkit from the Global Covenant of Mayor for Climate and Energy (GCoM) and partners shared with cities in the run up to the Global Climate Action Summit this week in New York continues to drive momentum on the climate emergency movement. Why declare a climate emergency? Climate science, as well as increasing incidences 

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The power of diversity: How local action can deliver on the global goals
September 24, 2019
This week in New York, heads of state and government have come together at the UN headquarters for two dedicated Summits on climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As they gather at the highest political level to support and guide the sustainability agenda through the SDGs, political leaders are recognizing that real implementation 

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Zero-Carbon Cities Can Unlock Nearly $24 Trillion
September 24, 2019
New report shows low-carbon measures in cities could reduce urban emissions by nearly 90 percent and support 87 million jobs annually by 2030 A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions finds that investment in low-carbon measures in cities would be worth almost US $24 trillion by 2050 – proof that thriving cities create 

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Food for thought: how Seoul and Hong Kong are tackling food waste
September 24, 2019
On 29-31 July, a Hong Kong delegation visited Seoul to learn from the city’s advanced food waste policies and practices. Through the ICLEI-organized tour, Hong Kong city officials were presented with innovative technological solutions and people-centered approaches. Hong Kong: a small land with a mounting problem Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated 

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ICLEI and Turku kick-start partnership to design a blueprint for regional circularity
September 13, 2019
The city of Turku and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability have launched a partnership to design a regional Resource Wisdom Roadmap with the support of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The rationale behind resource wisdom Resource wisdom is an operating model developed by Sitra to support cities and municipalities in making their activities carbon 

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A Tale of Two Summits: Shaping the next decade of integrated action on climate and sustainability
September 11, 2019
Delivering ambitious, collaborative climate action is crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This September in New York, Heads of State and Government will come together at the UN headquarters for two dedicated Summits on climate action and the SDGs. These Summits will be the key events among a week full of activity – all 

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Pasig City, Philippines demonstrates the benefits of inclusive climate action
September 10, 2019
Pasig City, in the heart of Metro Manila, is taking an inclusive approach to driving climate action at the local level. Along with eight other Southeast Asian cities, Pasig City is working with ICLEI to develop and deploy bottom-up models of climate action planning through the Ambitious City Promises project. The city has embarked on 

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Tackling urban freight through collaborative action
August 30, 2019
Freight transport is at the core of today’s global economy; in emerging regions such as Asia, the logistics industry accounts for 15 to 25 percent of GDP. However, urban freight also causes adverse impacts to cities, including traffic congestion, poor air quality, noise pollution and intensity of road accidents. Emissions from road freight transport alone 

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How local governments can lead the biodiversity movement: New ICLEI Global Ambassador for Local Biodiversity will shine a spotlight on local action
August 27, 2019
Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods while 1.6 billion people, including 70 million indigenous people, depend on forests for their livelihood. Nature underpins our very existence and livelihoods and is integral to the effective functioning and well-being of urban communities. The decline of the natural world, due to 

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Asian cities act on biodiversity on the road to 2020
August 27, 2019
In the last decade, the campus of Peking University in Beijing has recorded sightings of over 200 bird species – accounting for one seventh of all bird species in China. Cities are home to extraordinary amounts of animal and plant biological diversity. As cities work to develop comprehensive approaches to protecting these natural resources, the 

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The case of Toluca, Mexico: Integrating ecosystems services in urban planning
August 27, 2019
In the central-eastern region of Mexico, it is expected that by 2020 eighty-six percent of the population will live in cities. As the capital of the fifth largest Metropolitan Zone in Mexico, Toluca is working to improve livability in the face of this rapid urbanization, and nature is a key part of their approach. The 

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Bringing cities and finance together for blue-green infrastructure
August 26, 2019
By: Dr Sebastiaan van Herk and Sophie Rasbash of Bax & Company The cost of climate adaptation for developing countries is rising rapidly. Global public finance commitments to address climate change are also growing. According to the IHE Delft Institute, funding jumped from $4 billion in 2010 to $25 billion in 2013, but this is 

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A Game Changing Approach to Help African Cities Better Manage Their Natural Assets
August 13, 2019
While cities in sub-Saharan Africa are striving to protect and revitalize urban natural assets, such as river systems and coastal zones, capacity and resource constraints tend to hamper innovation and proactive planning. When implementing solutions to overcome the array of challenges that local governments face in managing their natural resources, a focus on human resources 

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[Infographic] How ICLEI's five pathways contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals
July 15, 2019
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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Thirty-seven mayors commit to collective responsibility for creating sustainable African capital cities
July 15, 2019
A record thirty-seven mayors of African capital cities committed to collective responsibility to build sustainable African capital cities at the fifth African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF) last month. Through the adoption of the Tshwane Declaration of 2019, the mayors committed to increasing the role of cities in the realisation and localisation of Agenda 2063 

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South American visions for nature-based resilience
June 28, 2019
by Sophia Rettberg, Resilient Cities 2019 Guest Blogger One of the most urbanized regions in the world, over 80 percent of the population in Latin America lives in cities. Cities throughout the region are focusing on building resilience through improved environmental management, and the integration of biodiversity and nature-based solutions. In Uruguay, flooding has become 

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#ResilientCities Day 3 in the Twittersphere
June 28, 2019
These past three days of the Resilient Cities Congress was overflowing with inspiring messages and innovative ideas that give hope for the future of our cities. More than that, it was three days of cultural and societal exchange. To keep the spirit of the Congress alive, here are some of the best tweets from the 

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From rubbish to resource: Building resilient urban food systems
June 27, 2019
by Sophia Rettberg, Resilient Cities 2019 Guest Blogger Food waste is a global issue. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, more than one third of all food worldwide is wasted. When it comes to food waste, the US ranks second worst in the world, wasting around 40 percent of the food produced 

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#ResilientCities Day 2 in the Twittersphere
June 27, 2019
Today’s congress attendees, armed with laptops, tablets and smartphones, look different than the Resilient Cities attendees of the last 10 years. They’re no longer sitting quietly taking notes during presentations. They are using new tools to connect the conversations around resilience with others in and outside the room. Thursday’s main tracks focused on fundamental topics 

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How design thinking and landscape architecture can help cities regain their resilience
June 26, 2019
by Sophia Rettberg, Resilient Cities 2019 Guest Blogger Environmental hazards such as flooding, heat waves and droughts are increasingly common challenges for cities around the globe. As these issues demand on-going adaptation and innovation, local governments have turned to design thinking – a people-centered approach for building products and services – for solutions. Landscape architecture and 

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#ResilientCities in the Twittersphere
June 26, 2019
Never underestimate the power of the 280-character tweet, where we get to see throughout the Congress the ideas and people who are inspiring the most conversation and exchange. In this year’s 10th anniversary of the Resilient Cities Congress, Twitter gives us the greater panorama on resilience, climate change, and global warming. Here’s what people are 

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Chinese cities pilot the EcoMobility SHIFT+ methodology to tackle traffic gridlock and air pollution
June 18, 2019
With unprecedented economic development and urban expansion in China, private car ownership is on the rise, along with severe traffic congestion and air pollution. This is especially true in larger, wealthier cities but is a looming issue for smaller Chinese cities as well. Smaller cities and rural communities also are seeing increasing car ownership and 

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How can cities create circular jobs?
June 18, 2019
Authors: André Confiado, Cities Unit, UN Environment; Joke Dufourmont, Programme Lead, Jobs & Skills Programme, Circle Economy; Marion Guénard, Circular Development Officer, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability   Cities around the world are recognizing that the circular economy not only addresses resource scarcity and climate change but also can strengthen local economies and create 

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Resilient Cities Don’t Fear Rainy Days
June 7, 2019
Lykke Leonardsen is constantly thinking about rainy days… even when it’s sunny outside. But you really can’t blame her. Ever since Copenhagen’s 100-year storm on July 2 of 2011,  which caused major flooding and extensive infrastructure damage, city officials such as Leonardsen, who heads Copenhagen’s program for Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions, have been preoccupied 

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Urban freight and supply chain connectivity in a changing global economy
June 3, 2019
By Tsu-Jui Cheng, Sustainable Mobility Program Manager, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and Sunandan Tiwari , Director of Global Implementation, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Increasing globalization and consumerism have changed the way goods are transported and cities are at the frontlines of managing the logistics of freight. At the International Transport Forum 

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Exploring informal sustainable mobility for East African cities
May 20, 2019
Motorcycle taxis, known as boda-bodas, are a common sight in East Africa. While they serve as an accessible transport option for many urban residents, they also pose serious safety concerns and management challenges. However, new ideas and technologies have the potential to make boda-bodas a part of sustainable mobility systems in African cities. Boda-bodas operate 

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Biodiversity in cities: How natural asset mapping helps cities protect livelihoods and address climate change impacts
May 7, 2019
With the release of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) global assessment, it is increasingly clear that biodiversity and natural ecosystems play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the planet, particularly in the face of climate change. The natural environment provides many valuable and free services that contribute directly 

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Want to step up climate action in your city? Invest in your staff
April 17, 2019
Although they pave the way for national and international financial support, sophisticated emissions inventories are often the domain of the richest and most powerful cities. In other words, strong inventories often come from those with the resources to hire staff or pay third-party consultants to prepare those inventories. This perpetuates a difficult cycle: national and 

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How industrial legacy cities are advancing sustainable mobility transitions through green fleet management
March 7, 2019
By Rebecca Wessinghage, Transition Concepts Officer, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. This article also appears on the Urban Transitions Alliance website. Industrial legacy cities often have a history of quick population growth, urban sprawl and single-purpose urban planning. These factors have led to development trajectories that separated industrial districts from residential districts, creating car-centric 

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