Five things the Biden-Harris Administration could do to use the strength of cities to help meet the Paris Goals

Written by Angie Fyfe, Director of ICLEI USA, and Yunus Arikan, ICLEI’s Director of Global Advocacy When his inauguration as the forty-sixth President of the United States is complete, Joe Biden will reenter the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement. This action will create positive momentum around the world and align the world’s biggest economies 

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Sustainability officers respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis with renewed determination

This piece originally appeared in Cities Today. In Turku, Finland, sustainability meetings and events have gone virtual, reaching much larger audiences. The City of uMhlathuze, South Africa, has developed a programme to promote more home-based businesses. Oakland in the United States has established a new food systems ordinance to encourage more urban gardens. Far from 

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Urban95 Phase 1 Closure Workshop Takes Stock of Achievements, Way Forward

ICLEI South Asia organised two online sessions, with support from the Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC) and Bernard van Leer Foundation, as part of a closure workshop to share the learnings from the Urban95 programme Phase I in Udaipur. The project team shared the process of Udaipur’s transformation into an infant, toddler and caregiver (ITC) friendly 

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CDKN Supports Two Cities in South Asia to Conduct VLRs

Dhulikhel Municipality in Nepal and Singra Municipality in Bangladesh, in association with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), have committed to conduct a voluntary local review (VLR) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  ICLEI South Asia is supporting the municipalities in developing the 

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Gangtok’s LBSAP Emphasises Climate-Smart Development and Biodiversity Conservation

The city corporation of Gangtok has accepted the Local Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (LBSAP) developed by ICLEI South Asia under the INTERACT-Bio project, which is supported by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany. The LBSAP envisions a prosperous Gangtok that focuses on climate-smart development, while ensuring the conservation of its cultural and 

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Nagpur’s Oranges Give City’s Illustrated Biodiversity Map a Unique Flavour

ICLEI South Asia has developed the Illustrated Urban Biodiversity Map of Nagpur, as part of the assignment to develop a People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) of the city. Smt. Buveneswari S., CEO, Nagpur Smart, and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited – which has supported this initiative along with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation – released the map 

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Urban95 Impact: Tactical Intervention Brings Children and Cheer Back to Udaipur Park

The impact assessment of a tactical intervention, implemented by ICLEI South Asia in a Udaipur park at the end of 2019, shows that it has been an emphatic success. The objective of the tactical intervention, implemented in December 2019, had been to rejuvenate Meera Park, which had been lying neglected and abandoned due to lack 

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CDKN, Red Cross Climate Centre to Jointly Develop Heat Resilience Plans in Bangladesh, Nepal

As climate change intensifies, heat waves will become more frequent, increasing risks to everyone, but especially vulnerable populations.  Acute heat stress is already recognized as a growing cause of morbidity and mortality, and is slowly garnering attention on national and global health and development agendas. In a concerted effort to deal with this challenge, ICLEI 

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National Dialogue Discusses Challenges of MRV of Climate Actions in Chhattisgarh

ICLEI South Asia, with support from the Chhattisgarh State Centre for Climate Change, organised the “Second Multi-Level Governance National Dialogue in India – Aligning Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for GHG emissions and mitigation actions in Chhattisgarh,” on the 17th of December 2020. The state-level dialogue, held under the aegis of the Climate Footprint Project, 

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Tackling climate change and COVID-19 at the local level in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the work of national, regional, and local governments. Many countries around the world have imposed lockdowns and physical distancing measures while preparing massive economic relief packages. In several places in Africa, however, hand washing alone has been a critical challenge. Shortages of water, soap, nutritious food, and hospital equipment 

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