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24.08.2016

ICLEI remembers Dr. Alexander Aylett (1978-2016)

ICLEI joins the sustainable cities community in celebrating the life and work of Dr. Alexander Aylett. Alex was a Professor of Urban Sustainability Governance and Innovation at the INRS University in Montreal who worked tirelessly to advance understanding on how to achieve more vibrant, livable, and sustainable cities. His many contributions to the field have shed light on what it takes to turn ambition and planning into local action affecting...


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01.08.2016

PrepCom3 inconclusive: long road ahead to Habitat III

The 3rd Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) of the Habitat III Conference closed without an agreement on the draft text. However, the meeting enabled UN Member States to agree on the agenda and modalities of the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador.


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01.08.2016

ICLEI launches Community for Towns, Cities and Provinces of Small Island States

The towns and cities of small island and archipelago-based nations are some of the most vulnerable, diverse, and rapidly growing urban centers anywhere in the world, acting as crucial gateways to sustainable development for the citizens of Small Island Developing States. Yet they are often overlooked by international urban resilience policies and programs due to the small populations involved.To address this gap, ICLEI has...


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28.07.2016

Milan Food Pact looking for best urban food practices and a new host city

The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) is considered by the city of Milan as one of the most important legacies of Expo2015, which focused on "nourishing the planet". The Pact has so far been signed by 123 cities, representing over 460 million people all over the globe. ICLEI is one of the endorsing partners and many ICLEI Members are signatories of the Pact. Signatories of the Pact commit to coordinate their food policies on an...


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28.07.2016

Mayors gather in Seoul, raising ambitions of the Paris Agreement

The year 2016 is a unique year for global sustainability and climate action.  The Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change, which took place on 1 to 2 September 2016 in Seoul City Hall, focused on how leading local government coalitions - the Compact of Mayors and newly formed Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy - relate to the Paris Agreement, as well as the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the...


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22.07.2016

Surabaya hosts next round of negotiations in setting the New Urban Agenda

The latest Zero Order draft of the New Urban Agenda, released on 18th July, will be discussed from 25 to 27 July in Surabaya, Indonesia at third official preparatory meeting of HABITATIII Conference. National governments, who have been discussing the document since May, hope to find agreements on the most contentious issues in the text before its adoption in October in Quito, Ecuador. Throughout PrepCom3, ICLEI will be engaged in the...


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21.07.2016

First North American dialogue on 100% Renewable Energy in Cities

More than 20 North American city leaders discussed the transition towards a 100 percent renewable energy future during a 3-days workshop, including ICLEI network cities Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, Cleveland, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Oakland, San Francisco and Vancouver.


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