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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Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration: Putting local and regional food systems on the table of the UN Climate Negotiations

Today’s food systems account for approximately one third of total GHG emissions, are a primary cause of environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity and significantly contribute to socio-economic and health inequalities. Concrete action points on food systems have so far been neglected at previous COP negotiations and when setting National Determined Contributions (NDCs). A much stronger 

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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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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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BID Malmö – a tool for good urban development

The housing area of Sofielund has undergone a dramatic transformation. From pronounced social unrest and exclusion a decade ago, to a well kempt area with increased property ownership and happier residents. Sofielund is unrecognizable. The secret behind the change is a collaboration between the municipality, property owners and other stakeholders to increase the security and 

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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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Regions employ nature-based, financial and legal instruments to outperform on adaptation

While climate measures have sought to mitigate future climate change through reducing emission levels, efforts to adapt communities to harmful changes happening now have fallen short. Frustrated by the lethargy of national adaptation strategies, regions are employing all the tools in their power to build resilience.  On Adaptation, Loss and Damage day at COP26, regional 

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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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