Betting on Multilevel Climate Action for COP26 in Glasgow

On 17-18 March 2021, the Ministry of Environment of Japan will convene the Zero Carbon City International Forum, which has been recognized as 2021’s first global dialogue to advance multilevel action under the Paris Agreement. This dialogue is convened in collaboration with the UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), 

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How two cities in Metro Manila are accelerating energy efficiency

In Metro Manila year round, the average high temperature never drops below 30°C, and cooling is a significant part of the energy bill for families, businesses and municipal governments across the region. But by setting the thermostat to 25°C, rather than 23°C, an average family can save PHP 1,800 (nearly 40 USD) per year.  That’s 

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Framing the future of urban resilience: An interview with Resilient Development Head Nazmul Huq

Ten years ago, ICLEI launched the first Resilient Cities Congress to respond to a growing and largely unaddressed need of local and regional governments to plan for the uncertain impacts of climate change in an integrated manner. Since then, resilience has gone from a fringe topic to a mainstream climate policy approach at all levels. 

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By Aichi Prefecture’s call, 51 Local governments in Japan signed the Edinburgh Declaration

Aichi Prefecture hosted the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP10) in Nagoya in 2010. At the COP, Aichi Targets (global targets for 2011–2020) and the “Action Plan for Cities and Local Governments” were adopted. Since the adoption of the “Action Plan for Cities and Local Governments” and the “Global Targets for 

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Listen to the people: Addressing inequality in Glasgow from the ground up

What if Glasgow had less puddles?  Imagine being a child living in a rainy city and you only have two pairs of shoes – your school shoes, and your play shoes. If the play shoes get wet, you can’t go out to play. Would that make you feel angry? Sad? Would it make you want 

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Prioritizing equity in local climate action: An equity framework from industrial legacy cities

In the past years, citizen-led activism around the Fridays for Future movement and other climate justice groups have succeeded to make themselves heard, generate political momentum and mainstream climate change awareness across the broader population. Some local governments have answered these calls for action by declaring climate emergency in their cities and towns, often paired 

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CDKN Programme Knowledge Accelerator supports various initiatives to build heat resilience of the cities and capacitate school students

Taru Leading Edge Pvt. Ltd. organised a webinar on the 29th January 2021 under the CDKN Knowledge Accelerator Programme, with a focus on building urban resilience to heat stress. The webinar was part of the ‘Urban Health and Climate Resilience’ project, supported by CDKN and conducted by TARU in Surat and Ahmedabad. The project helped 

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Hyderabad Unveils Reverse Vending Machines to Tackle Plastic Waste, Promote Circular Economy

Three reverse vending machines (RVMs) were inaugurated in Hyderabad on the 2nd of February 2021, marking the launch of several initiatives to ensure systematic collection and transport of PET bottles to authorised plastic recycling facilities in the city. The RVMs have been set up under the “Enhancing Circular Economy Perspectives – Plastic Waste Management Strategy 

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Urban95 Children’s Fest, Anganwadi Training in Udaipur: Review Shows Positive Reception

ICLEI South Asia organised a two-day festival for children in the 0-5 age group as part of the tactical interventions under the Urban95 project in Udaipur in early 2020. The festival was organised to build confidence among the care-givers of the children about the plans of the Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC) to provide better urban 

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Dhulikhel Municipality Launches Voluntary Local Review of SDGs

Dhulikhel Municipality in Nepal on the 7th of January 2021 launched the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on the strategies set out by the city in its vision document. The municipality will carry out this process with technical support from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia 

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