‘Collective, local action for global impact’: Del Carmen’s SDG success story

I recognized that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are strongly advocated in cities, but in rural and coastal communities, it is an afterthought — especially with problems like food security, literacy, malnutrition, exacerbating climate change issues, global inflation, and limited fiscal resources. However, when achieving SDGs is done collectively — by local governments 

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Latin America leading: From ICLEI World Congress 2024 to COP30

Amidst the urgency of global climate action, São Paulo, Brazil, emerges as a shining example of dedication and progress towards sustainability. In June 2024, the city will host the ICLEI World Congress, a pivotal event that brings together leaders and stakeholders to advance environmental goals and foster international cooperation. This Congress is not just a 

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Fort Collins’ sustainability journey: A testament to holistic nature conservation

Fort Collins, Colorado, stands as a beacon of exemplary sustainability efforts, particularly evident in its commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 15 – Life on Land (SDG 15). The City’s journey unfolds through a series of initiatives and projects aimed at addressing biodiversity loss, land degradation, and ecosystem preservation, while also fostering community engagement and advancing 

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City food procurement is an investment in our planet

This piece was written by Kate MacKenzie, Executive Director at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Food Policy, and Tia Schwab, Policy Advisor at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Food Policy in collaboration with Betina Bergmann Madsen, Chief Procurement Officer at the Municipality of Copenhagen, and Sofie Folsach Rasmussen, Communications Advisor at 

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(Circular) cities at the forefront: Insights from UrbanShift’s Latin America Forum

As the world continues to shape the framework of the much-anticipated “Global Plastic Treaty”, the urgency to address the plastic pollution crisis has never been more pronounced. Spearheaded by the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on Plastic Pollution, this international legally binding instrument has been in the making since 2022, aiming to complete its work by 

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Latin American cities rally in unprecedented line-up of events as UN cancels regional climate week

In its Quarterly Report 2024, the UNFCCC confirmed that this year’s Regional Climate Weeks, including the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week, have been canceled until further notice due to “lack of funding.” These regional climate weeks are seen as crucial for promoting multilateral partnerships and coordination, fostering innovative approaches, and uniting efforts to tackle 

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Launch of Tokyo-NbS Action

Written by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Environment. (translation by ICLEI Japan)   Nature-based solutions (NbS) are one of several targets in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity held in December 2022.   What is NbS? The approach to solve various social 

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Fair public financing: German cities push forward with attempts to make subsidy schemes more equitable

This piece was written by Olga Horn, Senior Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat & Daniel Botha, Expert Justice, Equity and Democracy, ICLEI European Secretariat  To expedite the renewable energy transition and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many cities worldwide provide funding programs to assist residents – for instance in insulating their buildings or installing photovoltaics (PV) on 

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Top 10 global sustainability events not to miss in 2024

In 2024, the global climate agenda is at a critical juncture following the outcomes of COP28, which have been described as the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era. The stocktake at COP28 recognized the urgent need to cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by 2030, compared to 2019 levels, to address 

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Building resilience: Urban stories from the Global South at COP28

As our world urbanizes swiftly, cities like Melaka, Independencia, Lusaka, and Minas Gerais State are taking strides to transform climate challenges into opportunities for resilient, sustainable futures. Explore their stories of innovation and adaptation. Melaka, Malaysia: Integrating tourism into resilience plans “Mass tourism has created an economic boost for the city. The challenge is to 

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