News highlights


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Espinosa: “Climate action in cities is the key that unlocks a low-emission, highly resilient future”

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was co-patron of the latest Resilient Cities congress, organized by ICLEI and hosted by the City of Bonn. In her opening remarks, Executive Secretary Espinosa expressed her support to what local governments are doing on mitigating climate change and adapting to it.



Just launched: The first-ever Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform

On 8 May 2017, the first multistakeholder platform for 100 percent renewable energy (100% RE) became a legal entity, bringing together the different sectors to advance dialogue and cooperation in support of the transition to a sustainable 100% RE future. Its first release is “100% RE Building Blocks”, methodological guidance that supports local governments in shaping strategies for a 100% RE transition.



Edmonton, Canada to host the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

This conference will strengthen our understanding of climate change and cities and lay the groundwork for more effective, targeted decisions. An advocate of science-based policy, Mayor Don Iveson is bringing this milestone to Edmonton in 2018.



The CITYFOOD network aims to build resilient city-region food systems

Few local and regional governments integrate food in a cohesive manner across thematic departments or maximize its potential. ICLEI and the RUAF Foundation have joined forces through the CITYFOOD network, which combines networking with training, policy guidance and technical expertise towards strategic city-region food systems planning.



Cities Alliance and ICLEI team up for TAP – Transformative Action Program

During the UNFCCC COP22 meeting in Marrakech, the issue of finance was raised repeatedly, especially finance at the local level. Identifying catalytic and innovative urban resilience to better match them with finance opportunities is the central motivation behind a new grant from Cities Alliance to ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in support of the Transformative Action Program - TAP.As part of the project ICLEI will work in...



Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy launches with 7,400+ committed cities

The Paris Agreement committed nations to tackling climate change, yet local governments are critical in supporting its implementation. Action is happening from the ground up. Local leaders are not wasting any time to plan and act in their cities, towns and districts - contributing to the common global goal and their respective national goals – with a wide range of local benefits resulting from their leadership.


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