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Launch of First Global Standard to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cities

WRI, C40 and ICLEI Establish First Common Standard to Measure and Report City Emissions



East Asian cities envision a low-carbon, low-risk and resilient energy future by 2030

29 October, Seoul and Beijing – Eleven cities from four East Asian countries met with internationally renowned experts in Beijing to explore how they can transform their urban energy systems to turn low-carbon, low-risk and resilient by the year 2030. The Energy-safe Cities expert symposium on 28-29 October 2014 saw the participation of Baoding, Yixing, and Zhenjiang from China; Kyoto, Tokyo, and Yokohama from Japan; Mongolia’s capital city...



MEDIA ADVISORY: Biodiversity Summit For Cities & Subnational Governments 2014

MEDIA ADVISORYBiodiversity Summit For Cities & Subnational Governments 2014Alpensia Convention Center, Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea12-14 October, 2014What is the Biodiversity Summit?Happening in parallel with the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of Parties (CBD COP12), the Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments will convene over 900 representatives from the local, subnational and national...



As #citiesact on climate change, ICLEI partners on the Compact of Mayors and seven other bold initiatives at the Climate Summit 2014

NEW YORK, 23 September 2014 The number of cities committing to fight climate change is rising, and so does the level of their climate ambition. Many cities are now setting bolder targets of slashing 40, 70, 100 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 and improving climate change resilience. Collectively, they will be crucial in delivering substantial cuts in global GHG emissions and ensuring the safety of their citizens,...



Global Mayors Compact Shows Unity and Ambition To Tackle Climate Change

Compact demonstrates global cities’ commitment to helping nations set more aggressive, transparent climate targets. Associated new research shows cities’ current commitments have the potential to reduce GHGs by 13 Gigatons cumulatively by 2050.



ICLEI and Siemens collaborate to advance sustainable urban infrastructure globally

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and Siemens announced a partnership to advance sustainable infrastructure solutions in cities worldwide.



Cities blaze the trail for a livable, carbon-neutral world

Local and subnational governments have a prominent role in addressing climate change. A clarion call for their greater empowerment in a new climate agreement expected as an outcome of the Paris Conference of the Parties in 2015 was sounded at the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Two key mechanisms were created to explore this role in the framework of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced...


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