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To avoid failure in Copenhagen, nations must raise their climate mitigation ambitions and partner with other levels of government

Local governments’ advocacy efforts towards their recognition as essential partners to the next global climate agreement is gaining traction at the Bangkok Climate Talks, amid fears of a break-down of the consensus forged in Bali in 2007.



As Copenhagen Looms: Keep an Eye on the Cities

From "All eyes" will be on the world’s national governments and the new climate reduction goals they’ll agree to at the Copenhagen global summit this December. But 20-20 eyesight suggests that cities are equally crucial. Article by Neal Peirce a 2009 recipient of the UN-Habitat "Scroll of Honour" award.



Sri Lankan Cities Promote Low Carbon Development

Carbon Emission Inventory and Action Plans for Colombo, Kandy, Kurunegala and Matale are released, paving the way for local solutions to climate change in Sri Lanka.



UN Climate Neutral Network Announces New Partnership with ICLEI for a Low-Carbon Future

From cities to cooperatives and from railways to postal services, industry and civil society associations have pledged to significantly reduce their carbon footprint and promote greener living by joining the Climate Neutral Network led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


Registration is now open for the ICLEI World Congress 2015!

Behind the scenes at the ICLEI World Secretariat registrations are pouring in for the upcoming ICLEI World Congress 2015 in Seoul. The triennial and largest event in ICLEI’s event calendar will be hosted from 8-12 April 2015 by Seoul Metropolitan Government in the Republic of Korea. Seoul is the largest metropolis in the developed world and offers a leading example of an Asian mega-city championing sustainability, led by Mayor Park...


BiodiverCity Special Focus Projects

  Covering the areas of climate change, food security, agriculture, CEPA (communication, education and public awareness), coastal zone management and city-region planning, the project series addresses biodiversity and ecosystem management in specific geographical contexts. Visit here for more information. 


Cities Biodiversity Center

Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn) and the carbonn Cites Climate Registry (cCCR) combine to create an online platform where cities self-report greenhouse gas emissions reduction and climate adaptation targets, accomplishments and actions. As of May 2012, cCCR had 164 Reporting Cities from 21 countries reporting GHG emissions of 1195 million tCO2e and 680 Actions. Visit here for more information


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