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KISSing in Seoul

Host of the ICLEI World Congress 2015, Seoul – the capital of South Korea – is home to nearly 10 million people. With a population density twice that of New York and eight times that of Rome, it has become an example of how economic growth creates vibrant, frenetic urban centers. Yet Seoul has also 

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ICLEI Links: 31 October 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! ICLEI News East Asian cities envision a low-carbon, low-risk, resilient energy future by 2030 ICLEI shares vision on urban resilience and ecomobility at 5th Binhai Tianjin International Eco-city Forum ICLEI and ISOCARP sign Memorandum of Understanding 

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Eight of Top Ten Green Cities ICLEI Members

As part of its Global Green Economy Index, Dual Citizen LLC ranks cities by perceptions of their “greenness”. It asks a variety of targeted stakeholders for their perceptions of their cities in four categories: Leadership & Climate Change, Efficiency Sectors, Markets & Investment, and Environment & Natural Capital. This year, the rankings were as follows: 

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Johannesburg Goes Car-Free!

In a recent post we highlighted the achievement of Suwon in staging the inaugural EcoMobility World Festival. In this festival, the residents of a neighborhood in a large city act out a cleaner, greener future by excluding all automobile traffic from the area. The Suwon EcoMobility Festival 2013 was a great success, with excellent investment 

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ICLEI Links: 24 October 2014

Welcome to our new blog feature! ICLEI Links gathers links on a variety of topics directly or indirectly related to ICLEI’s work. We hope you find them interesting – and be sure to check back every Friday for the next roundup. To stay up to date on all ICLEI news, follow us on Twitter and 

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Video: Korea Today Report on Biodiversity Summit

The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments, held in parallel with the CBD COP 12 on 12-14 October in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, concluded last week. Korea Today has produced an excellent report on both meetings – check out the video above.

Melbourne and the future of the Livable City

For several years, Melbourne has been ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world’s most livable city. The Economist’s rankings are based on five criteria: Stability, Healthcare, Culture & Environment, Education, and Infrastructure. In 2014, Melbourne topped the rankings with an overall score of 97.5. Low crime rates and effective infrastructure have helped Melbourne 

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One Neighborhood, One Month, No Cars: the Suwon EcoMobility World Festival

Cars are a defining feature of cities as we know them. Sometimes we are grateful for the mobility that cars provide. Frequently, though, we lament the effects of cars on our cities, from air and noise pollution to traffic jams, safety hazards, and the exclusion of more environmentally-friendly forms of transport. We might often wonder, 

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Why does #urbanSDG matter? Join our Campaign!

    On 31 October this year, for the first time, the planet will celebrate World Cities Day. The event will be held promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, encourage cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges to urbanization in establishing sustainable urban development and planning. Why is this important? Because cities matter. The 

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