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African cities, towns and regions gear up for climate action

African cities, towns and regions met in Cotonou, Benin to chart a path local and subnational government contributions to implementation of the international agenda on climate change.



Climate commitments surge among cities in Argentina

A total of 27 cities in Argentina committed to the Compact of Mayors in September, joining Buenos Aires, the capital, and a number of other Argentinian cities already committed to the Compact, a coalition of 550 cities around the world committed to mitigating and building their resilience to the effects of climate change.



Reykjavík aims to be carbon neutral by 2040

Reykjavík City, capital of Iceland and Member of ICLEI, has put forward a climate policy paper with an action plan aiming for a carbon neutral city by 2040.



Sustainable procurement: helping the Paris Agreement fulfill its promise

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement demonstrates that sustainable procurement has a critical role in local steps towards global climate ambitions.



How cities learn from each other: the World Cities project

When a delegation of the city of Växjö, Sweden, visited Shimokawa, they were positively impressed by the advanced citizen engagement and immediately sat down with their Japanese counterparts to learn more. In a nutshell, this is the lesson of the World Cities Third Country Cooperation project and the reason why city-to-city cooperation is a powerful tool for local leaders and civil servants to exchange and confront good practices, discuss...



ICLEI remembers Dr. Alexander Aylett (1978-2016)

ICLEI joins the sustainable cities community in celebrating the life and work of Dr. Alexander Aylett. Alex was a Professor of Urban Sustainability Governance and Innovation at the INRS University in Montreal who worked tirelessly to advance understanding on how to achieve more vibrant, livable, and sustainable cities. His many contributions to the field have shed light on what it takes to turn ambition and planning into local action affecting...



PrepCom3 inconclusive: long road ahead to Habitat III

The 3rd Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) of the Habitat III Conference closed without an agreement on the draft text. However, the meeting enabled UN Member States to agree on the agenda and modalities of the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador.


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