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City networks launch One Planet Charter to drive local implementation of the Paris Agreement

The One Planet Summit is taking place on 12 December 2017 in Paris and world leaders are pushing forward to finance climate action.



Kyoto adopts the Kyoto Declaration for Cultivating a Culture of Sustainable Cities

On 10 December, cities, regions, national government, businesses, and civil society gathered in Kyoto, Japan at the Kyoto Conference on the Global Environment 2017 (KYOTO+20) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the birth of the Kyoto Protocol, resulting in the adoption of the Kyoto Declaration for Cultivating a Culture of Sustainable Cities. The Kyoto Declaration recognizes that cities play an important role in leading the way to achieve...



Urban Pathways towards low carbon development launched in Berlin

Berlin, 20 October 2017: “The Urban Pathways: Supporting Low Carbon Plans for Basic Services in the context of the New Urban Agenda” project was launched on the 16 October 2017, by UN-Habitat, together with its partners – the Wuppertal Institute and UN Environment. The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Environment (BMUB). Opening the two-day workshop on the 16th October, at the...



The Bonn-Fiji commitment lives on

COP23 closed with a ceremonial handover of Lady Climate Change, a Fijian Drua, from Fiji to Bonn.



Cities and regions have made their voices heard

Over the past two weeks, cities and regions have brought their stories and commitments to COP23 through the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, the extended Summit Dialogues, and a diverse program hosted by the Cities and Regions Pavilion highlighting actions and contributions from all levels of government and non-party stakeholders.  Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor of Bonn and First Vice President of ICLEI...



ICLEI and the NDC Partnership bring forward multilevel climate action

With the Paris Agreement, national governments pledged to implement large-scale greenhouse gas emissions reductions within the next decade. Each country has submitted Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) - laying out their commitment to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century – and aiming for a lower, 1.5-degree increase. Yet the current NDCs are not nearly enough to achieve this goal. According...



Mayor of Bonn delivers Bonn-Fiji Commitment to the UN Secretary General

After five days of activities touching on issues ranging from human settlements to transport to energy, the Global Climate Action (GCA) program at COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, closed with a high-level ceremony, where the key outcomes were presented.Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor of Bonn, co-host of the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders and First Vice President of ICLEI – Local Governments for...


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