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7 Brazilian cities launch their first regional inventory of GHG emissions

The Greater ABC Inter-municipal Consortium, a group of seven municipalities in the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo, has launched in December its first regional inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, prepared with technical support from ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).



Looking ahead to a new United Nations era that builds on the strength of local and subnational governments to increase sustainability

The five-year term of the new United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres began on 1 January 2017. His leadership team will consist of Amina J. Mohammad as the Deputy Secretary General, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti as the Chief of Staff and Kyung-wha Kang as the Special Advisor on Policy. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ICLEI officially welcomed the Secretary General, inviting him to bring forward existing United Nations efforts to support...



Peer exchange on the road towards 100% renewable heating and cooling

Cities, businesses and academia shared experiences on processes and tools to support local governments with integrating district energy systems in energy master planning, land-use, as well as urban policies and regulations – as part of a webinar series of the Global District Energy in Cities Initiative. Chris Baber, Neighborhood Energy Manager at the City of Vancouver, Canada, illustrated the economies of scale enabled by district heating:...



Cities and subnational governments call for greater mobilization on biodiversity

From 9 to 11 December, 700 delegates from over 70 countries gathered in Cancun, Mexico for the 5th Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments, where they focused on ways to mainstream biodiversity as part of development planning. Co-organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, SEMARNAT, CONABIO and ANAAE, the summit marked a decade...



Five forward-thinking cities and regions receive the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation

Five cities and regions have received global recognition for public sector innovations that will transform environmental, social and economic development in their jurisdictions.



Nine pioneering mayors to lead the Global Covenant of Mayors

Nine mayors, representing leading cities and towns around the globe that actively tackle climate change, have been appointed to the global board of the newly created Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.



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.


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