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Cities call for vertical integration in resilience financing

The 6th edition of the Resilient Cities congress on urban resilience and adaptation closed today with a call for vertical integration in resilience financing. Since 2011, the congress has been focusing on themes related to accelerating access of local governments to national adaptation funds. While new funding streams have opened up, many cities  lament the need for enhancing the integration among the different levels of government....



Cities commit to cut over 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 on carbonn Climate Registry

Commitments from local and subnational governments equal total reduction achieved by European Union between 1990 and 2012



Leading by example: Local governments call for an inclusive & ambitious climate agreement at Bonn Conference ahead of Paris COP21

1 June 2015, Bonn, Germany – Local and subnational governments are seeking to provide impetus to the ongoing UN Bonn Climate Change Conference by demonstrating their climate leadership and ambition. The Conference is primarily focusing on trimming the 80-page draft to be adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.  ICLEI will have a strong presence throughout the two weeks of UNFCCC Bonn Climate...



Cities and businesses work to bridge gaps at Metropolitan Solutions 2015

25 May 2015, Berlin, Germany: Metropolitan Solutions 2015 in Berlin provided an opportunity for cities and businesses to look to the future, and both took full advantage, with a range of exciting tools, platforms and projects on display. The opening day focused on China, with delegations from the cities of Chengdu, Zhangjiakou, Huailai, Yantai, Haimen and Yixing discussing the challenges and opportunities resulting from China’s rapid...



Sustainable Urban China conference and Lounge Talks to drive city-business cooperation on sustainability

2015 edition of Metropolitan Solutions event to take place in Berlin on 20-22 May 13 May 2015, Berlin, Germany: Over 3,000 participants will convene at Berlin’s CityCube on 20-22 May 2015 for the fifth edition of Metropolitan Solutions - the gateway event to cross-industry solutions for urban infrastructure. Metropolitan Solutions is the world’s biggest combined congress and exhibition on intelligent, sustainable urban development, bringing...



Major announcements to drive transformative climate action unveiled ahead of 2015 Paris Climate Conference

Thirty-six Mayors pledge their commitment to action through the Compact of Mayors; Seoul Mayor announces plan to mobilize more cities; ICLEI launches new Transformative Actions Program10 April 2015, Seoul, South Korea - Major climate announcements that will bring new levels of ambition to local climate action were made today at the ICLEI World Congress 2015 - the triennial sustainability summit of local and subnational governments...



Seoul City Mayor elected as new ICLEI President

ICLEI elects Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon as its new President; announces new Global Executive Committee for 2015-2018 8 April 2015, Seoul, South Korea: Today, ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability elects Seoul City Mayor Park Won Soon as its new President. The announcement was made at the ICLEI World Congress 2015 – the biggest gathering of local and subnational leaders committed to sustainability. Former ICLEI President David Cadman...


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