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Indonesian cities call for multi-level governance in addressing climate change

Acknowledging the importance of ramping up actions towards achieving Indonesia’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), the Association of Indonesian Municipalities (APEKSI) and Yayasan ICLEI Indonesia organized a Knowledge...[more]


ICLEI South Asia team initiates the Urban-LEDS II project in Bangladesh

ICLEI South Asia is implementing the Urban LEDS II project in India and Bangladesh, in partnership with UN-HABITAT. Several cities in Bangladesh expressed their interest in implementing the project, which will be implemented over...[more]


ICLEI Africa hosts Urban-LEDS II Summit and co-hosts event on financing solutions for climate action in cities

On 29 May 2018, the Urban LEDS-II Summit, held in Gauteng, brought Urban-LEDS project cities from South Africa together to share the various challenges their cities face in relation to climate change, as well as the opportunities...[more]


High level group to guide and support Urban-LEDS II project in South Africa

The Urban-LEDS ll Summit held in Braamfontein, Johannesburg opened on 29 May 2018 with the inception meeting of the Urban-LEDS ll National Project Advisory Group (NPAG). This is a high-level group comprised of representatives...[more]


Balikpapan hosts ASEAN meeting on Environmentally Sustainable Cities

Urban-LEDS model city in Indonesia, Balikpapan hosted the 16th meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) last 02-03 May 2018.[more]


Bogor, Balikpapan push for dialogues on low emission development

Urban-LEDS model Cities, Bogor and Balikpapan emphasized the need for multi-level governance dialogues on how local governments can contribute to achieving Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction target. [more]


ICLEI launches country office and Urban-LEDS II project in Colombia

Due to the regional relevance of Colombia in sustainable development, by supporting the implementation of projects and other initiative, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability launched its most recent coordination office in...[more]


ICLEI launches Urban-LEDS II project in Rwanda

The focus and approach of the project in Rwanda was successfully agreed after a day-long workshop held where valuable discussions took place between representatives from ICLEI Africa, UN Habitat and key stakeholders in Rwanda.[more]


First Urban-LEDS II scoping mission in Lao PDR completed

City representatives from Savannakhet and Pakse in Lao PDR as well as high level official from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MONRE) met with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia...[more]


Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues to strengthen national plans

In the critical year for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement, local and other subnational leaders are inviting national governments to a series of dialogues designed to strengthen national climate...[more]


COP 23 outcomes and top five takeaways

ICLEI in its capacity as the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency has led the successful adoption of the Bonn-Fiji Commitment of Local and Regional Leaders to Deliver the Paris Agreement at All Levels ...[more]


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...[more]


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...[more]


Forging ahead towards an inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable future

The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action High-Level Segment on Climate and Sustainable Development Goal 11: The day was filled with climate leaders looking to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe,...[more]


Global Covenant of Mayors announces collective impact of committed cities and new data reporting standard

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy – a featured partner of the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, which brought together over 1,000 delegates and over 300 political leaders at COP23 – made two major...[more]


Over 1,000 subnational governments take aim on slashing global emissions

1,019 local and regional governments from 86 countries, representing 804 million people, have reported emissions reductions targets to the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), one of the most widely used subnational climate action...[more]


City Climate Planner to help city staff advance local climate action

City Climate Planner to help city staff advance local climate action This training and certification program, launched on Thursday 9 November at the Cities & Regions Pavilion at COP23 in Bonn will raise the global talent base of...[more]


Reporting and connecting with experts has never been easier!

For over 4 years, the Urban-LEDS project has worked with the best experts and developed the most adapted tools for your city's needs. Now all of this knowledge is available to assist cities at any...[more]


#WeLoveBogor: winner of the WWF We Love Cities 2016 campaign

Congratulations to the City of Bogor, ICLEI Member and Urban-LEDS Model City, for winning the  We Love Cities 2016 campaign. On June 30th, WWF announced Bogor, Indonesia as this year’s 2016 We Love Cities...[more]


Capturing four years of Urban-LEDS achievements!

Four new publications have been released by the Urban-LEDS project capturing achievements in all of the 37 project cities, summarizing policy and technical guidance and tools that are available for use by local governments, and...[more]


EU reference of Urban-LEDS in UNFCCC capacity building committee

In an official submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the European Union argues for capacity-building in cities and regions under the Convention’s capacity-building framework and...[more]


Understanding the outcomes of COP21: a guide for local and subnational governments

As the focal point of local authorities and municipalities in the United Nations climate process, ICLEI has advocated that they be recognized, engaged and empowered since 2007. To understand how this was successful and how...[more]


Compact of Mayors: Indonesian cities are front-runners

Six more Indonesian mayors, including Urban-LEDS Satellite Cities Bontang and Tarakan, signified their commitment to the global Compact of Mayors at an event titled, ‘Accelerating Commitment on the Compact of Mayors:...[more]


KwaDukuza solar streetlights - an amazing story!

Following the installation of solar street lights in KwaDukuza, South Africa,  the life of the community has already significantly changed. In the disadvantaged community of Groutville, children can now be seen playing under...[more]


Urban-LEDS website the place to go for all things LEDS

The ICLEI and UN-Habitat teams have concluded their work in the Urban-LEDS project, with the Model and Satellite Cities, as well as European cities engaged, motivated, and celebrating first successes. Yet, this is not the end....[more]


Global exchanges build inspiring ties in the Urban-LEDS network

Exchange of information, knowledge, best practices and expertise through South-South-North peer exchanges are an important aspect of the Urban-LEDS project. These have resulted in lasting relationships and inspiring actions in...[more]


Solutions Gateway webinar recording is now available!

Did you know that the Solutions Gateway is accessed from about 60 different countries each month? Webinar recordings show how to gain access to the wealth of guidance and interactive functionalities. The Solutions Gateway is an...[more]


Urban-LEDS under the spotlight in ICLEI Case Study series

Over the last four years, the Urban-LEDS project has provided case studies, included in the ICLEI Case Study series illustrating successful approaches, innovative models and transferable good practices in the field of urban low...[more]


How to go beyond 90% GHG emissions reduction at city-scale?

As the City of Bologna starts a new strategic planning cycle and decides whether to commit to the Covenant of Mayors’ revised target of 40% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030, the City Council hosted a future energy...[more]


ICLEI SEAS takes part in CDKN-ICLEI learning program, showcases Bogor Urban LEDS experience

The second workshop of CDKN-ICLEI Sub-national Learning Programme Phase II took place in Kathmandu, Nepal from February 08th to 12th with an overall theme of “Moving from Planning to Implementation”. Specifically, the program...[more]


Coimbatore sets a Guinness World Record

ICLEI South Asia has been recognized for its contribution and participation in the “largest recycling lesson” which was attended by 12,994 participants and was organized by Coimbatore Municipal Corporation.The city flourishingly...[more]


Tested and approved the GreenClimateCities methodology gets an update!

The GreenClimateCities (GCC) program is a process methodology building on ICLEI’s 25 years of expertise and experience. Using three phases - Analyze, Act, Accelerate - the GCC approach supports local governments to take local...[more]


Unexpected parallels and fruitful brainstorming at final Urban-LEDS staff exchange between India and Croatia

For the final Urban-LEDS staff exchange, a representative of the city of Thane (India) visited Zagreb (Croatia) from 7-11 March 2016 to exchange knowledge and experience with his Croatian peers with a view to gathering new ideas...[more]


Bologna and Helsinki become ICLEI GreenClimateCities Europe Ambassadors

The European Urban-LEDS cities of Helsinki and Bologna become Ambassadors of ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities Europe program.  The GreenClimateCities (GCC) program is a comprehensive climate change program for local governments...[more]


Almada achieves landmark climate actions under ambitious Local Strategy for Climate Change

The city of Almada, Portugal is one of the 18 municipalities within the Lisbon metropolitan region and one of the country’s frontrunners for sustainable development. As such it was selected as a European Urban-LEDS network...[more]


UN-Habitat’s Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning Launched

UN-Habitat’s Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning The historic COP21 in Paris, France, was packed with numerous highlights, including the launch of UN-Habitat’s Guiding Principles for City Climate Action...[more]


Is your City seizing the benefits of District Energy?

Is there a plan to implement, expand or retrofit district energy systems in your city or town? Are you interested in consolidating the local market for district energy? If the answer is yes, do not miss this opportunity to help...[more]


Indian cities to fast-forward low carbon development through Zagreb staff exchange

Delegates from the Indian Urban-LEDS model cities of Rajkot and Thane will visit Zagreb (Croatia) from 7-11 March 2016, where they will work alongside their Croatian peers to discover new ways to drive low-carbon development. ...[more]


Bologna hosts workshop to explore future energy scenarios

During March 16 – 17, 2016 the Bologna City Council will host a “future energy scenarios” workshop for Urban-LEDS cities in Europe, engaging staff and key stakeholders active in the energy system of the cities. The City of...[more]


Warsaw’s leading sustainable energy policies are an inspiration for LED

The Polish capital of Warsaw, an Urban-LEDS European project city, became an official member of ICLEI in December 2015, signaling its ongoing commitment to developing a more sustainable future. The city is widely recognized for...[more]


Bologna showcases local innovative LEDS to Steve Tshwete and Recife on staff exchange

A staff exchange program hosted by the Urban-LEDS project has already had a significant positive impact on policymaking in Steve Tshwete Municipality (South Africa). Michael Nkosi, Assistant Director of Local Economic...[more]


Cities explore pathway towards 100% Renewable Energy

Curitiba was among the 12 cities that participated in a dialogue workshop on the transformative role of local governments towards a 100% Renewable Energy (RE) future, held on December 7 at the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015,...[more]


KwaDukuza’s Chief Planner completes Helsinki study tour

KwaDukuza Municipality in South Africa has been working closely together with ICLEI as a Model City of the Urban-LEDS project. To reinforce the projects implemented locally, Chimene Pereira, the chief planner for the...[more]


Warsaw inspires Indonesian delegation with low carbon public transport

Delegates Naufal Isnaeni and Hariyadi Sukamto of the municipalities of Bogor and Balikpapan from Indonesia visited Poland from 15 – 22 November 2015 as part of the Urban-LEDS project to learn from Warsaw’s experience in low...[more]


Urban-LEDS Hosts Side Event in UNFCCC Blue Zone

On 7 December the Urban-LEDS project, implemented by ICLEI and UN-Habitat and financed by the European Commission, held an official side event in the EU Pavilion in the presence of the heads of the organizations and a panel of...[more]


In focus: Planning for sustainable development

UN-Habitat and the City of Ghent, an ICLEI member, were distinguished at the awards ceremony during the ISOCARP World Congress 2015. This event offered the opportunity for ICLEI to call for urban and spatial planning...[more]


Urban-LEDS in South Africa: a win-win “glocal” approach

Over the past two years of Urban-LEDS project roll-out, groundwork in place in South Africa by the ICLEI Africa Secretariat (ICLEI AS) focuses on a range of practical projects that engage local communities to improve their living...[more]


Invitation to contribute to a Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Urban Infrastructure

SuRe – The Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure is publicly available for the first time and under public consultation. To participate, visit this website. The public consultation runs until November 9th. The...[more]


Doornkop: Community Showcase for low carbon development and poverty reduction

Doornkop, part of the Urban-LEDS model city, Steve Tshwete Local Municipality (STLM), has been realizing its vision for a solar, off-grid future in a unique community pilot project to increase renewable energy and energy...[more]


Thane awarded for leadership

Urban-LEDS Model City Thane is gaining international recognition for its innovative projects on low emission development. The awards highlight that this city is a frontrunner of urban sustainable development and guiding the...[more]

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