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Local governments have a new opportunity to advance nature-based development

From 2 to 17 December, nations will convene in Cancun, Mexico at the 13th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity.



Co-Chairs Michael Bloomberg and Maroš Šefčovič announce mayoral leadership of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

Current and Former Executive Secretaries of the UNFCCC Patricia Espinosa and Christiana Figueres, along with global mayors, will work to steer course of the largest city­‐led coalition of local leaders committed to climate action.



Over 40 countries commit to 100% domestic renewable energy production while ICLEI supports local energy transformations

More than 40 nations in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific have committed to strive to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible. ICLEI is supporting local and subnational governments in facilitating this transition, and ICLEI Members Oslo, Norway and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia showed at COP22 that they are already setting an example.



Historic moment generates momentum for shift to 100% renewable energy

15 November 2016 - Marrakech, Morocco: In a first, governments forming the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) along with cities, business and civil society gathered to pioneer the shift to 100% renewable energy. The Moroccan Presidency of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and CVF hosted a high-level meeting discussing the economic benefits and the moral imperative of a just transition to 100% renewable energy to limit global...



At Marrakech Summit, local and subnational governments chart a path to strengthen climate action

The second Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders was held on 14 November 2016 in parallel to COP22, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The summit convened 1,100 participants from 114 countries, representing over 780 local and subnational governments, continuing the momentum build last year at the successful Climate Summit for Local Leaders in Paris City Hall. The summit culminated with the...



Local and subnational governments prove their climate commitments

The newly released 2015-2016 carbonn Climate Registry Digest shows that local and subnational governments in the ICLEI Network – from small communities, megacities and large subnational states – are well positioned to contribute to and even raise the ambitions of national climate commitments over the long and short term.Here are the key numbers:Out of the 726 entities accounted for in this carbonn Climate Registry analysis, 86 cities...



COP22 Low-Emission Solutions Conference emphasizes need for strong leadership, sound climate policies and effective economic mechanisms

Marrakech, 17 November 2016: For the first time in COP history, the COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) mobilized leaders from business, government, cities, science and academia to discuss solutions and new technologies for implementing the Paris Agreement. The three-day LESC offered an in-depth analysis of key technologies and low-carbon systems, engaging more than 100 speakers and 500 participants.


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