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Rethinking sustainable urban development paradigms

This year, the ECOCITY World Summit in Melbourne, Australia, served as a reminder that there is no such thing as a standardized model for sustainable urban development. A range of solutions and innovations are taking shape, but we need to dig deeper and rethink our approach.



The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23 promises to be the most widely supported climate event of the year

Preparations for the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders are picking up steam: the first confirmations of attendance are coming in. The agenda for the day, as well as the program for the Climate Summit Dialogues to take place before and after the Climate Summit, is shaping up.



New Energy for Africa - Cooperative, decentralized and renewable

In cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for International Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Agency for Renewable Energy (Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien), the DZ Bank hosted a congress in Berlin on June 27th aiming to mobilize and enable investment in renewable energy in Africa.



ICLEI welcomes the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit and congratulates Governor Jerry Brown on his leadership

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and its 1,500 strong network of local and regional leaders welcome the announcement made by California Governor Jerry Brown, who in 2018 will be convening a Global Climate Action summit for all actors.



U.S. cities and climate stakeholders are still in on climate action

After the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, 1,219 U.S. governors, mayors, investors, businesses and universities, including 46 ICLEI USA Members, declared their continued support for climate action. Read the declaration



Buenos Aires awarded the International Transport Forum’s Transport Achievement Award 2017

On 1 June in Leipzig, Germany, the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina was awarded the Transport Achievement Award at the International Transport Forum 2017 for its “Metrobus 9 de Julio” project.



US withdraws from the Paris Agreement: Reaction statement by ICLEI Secretary General

At a press conference from the White House, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement.  This is a reaction statement by Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General:“President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is out of step with reality and the current drive towards a global low-carbon transition. Making abundant use of 'alternative facts', he has...


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