Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity awarded to the Global Convenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Lisbon, Portugal (26 October 2021): Today, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity along with 1M Euro to finance projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The jury of the 2nd edition of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity selected GCoM from among 113 candidates from 48 different countries 

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It’s not all about megacities. Small and medium municipalities join forces to deliver impactful climate action.

Cities have been making headlines this COP, but it’s often the climate action of big player metropoles that we see showcased. Small and medium cities have been mobilizing with the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) to take on the climate crisis. At the session ‘Accelerating local climate action in medium & small municipalities committed to 

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Cities’ climate commitments outperform nations on ambition.

Cities are ready with robust climate action plans and ambitious targets that often outpace their national counterparts. What they need now is support from their national governments and financiers to turn their prioritized actions into resilience-building projects. Cities are hubs of innovation, and, especially in the smaller and medium-sized municipalities, local governments are agile and 

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How knowledge brokering is catalyzing resilience and gender equity in Global South’s climate plans

The uneven distribution of climate impacts between the Global North and South is irrefutable. As the Global South mobilizes to build the resilience of its communities, their primary tool is knowledge – and lots of it. Held at the Multilevel Action Pavilion, the session Time4MultilevelAction Dialogues: Global South showcased the knowledge products and services less 

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Malmö’s journey to more climate friendly meals

The city of Malmö purchases about 8,500 tons of food every year (worth €24 million), serving 65,000 lunches a day. Food is prepared and served in pre-schools, schools and elderly care homes, free of charge. Thanks to extensive teamwork, dedicated co-workers and clear and ambitious goals, the City of Malmö leads in Sweden in providing 

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Neighborhood garden improves well-being and safety

Property owner Kungsleden AB holds an undeveloped plot of land in the Sofielund area of Malmö. An area until recently considered unsafe by residents and by those working there. While waiting for the plot to be developed, residents decided to look at how the space could be used temporarily to improve the health and well-being 

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Malmö establishes Sweden’s first cultural sound zone

The decision by the City of Malmö marks a unique momentum in Sweden to promote local culture and business within urban development. Just as industry has noise zones, so too should cities establish cultural sound zones. Including a cultural sound zone was a key consideration in the development plans for the business area and old 

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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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How The Gambia became the first country set to fully honor the Paris Agreement

National climate plans from all over the world rolled in ahead of COP26, but as yet only one country’s plans are ambitious enough to meet all the Paris Agreement goals. The inclusion of subnational governments played a crucial part. The UNFCCC’s 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November is a critical summit for addressing 

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Five things cities and regions are bringing to Glasgow

The 26th, and arguably one of the most pivotal, Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate begins in Glasgow. Whatever the outcomes agreed upon during the climate negotiations, one thing is clear: they will directly impact cities and regions. That’s why the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency (LGMA), the official representative of local and 

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