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09.03.2012

ICLEI, UN-Habitat and European Commission join forces to promote lower emission city growth

The Urban-LEDS project, funded by the European Commission, has been launched – with ICLEI and UN-Habitat as implementing partners. The aim is to explore and promote Low Emission Development in cities of four emerging economies – highlighting that low-carbon sustainable development is possible and highly interesting to cities.


UN-Habitat and the European Commission (EC) have signed an agreement to begin a new project that encourages cities to lower their emissions as they grow. International local government member association, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, will serve as the main implementing partner.

The project entitled ‘Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries’ (URBAN-LEDS) responds to the European Commission’s priority objective of climate change mitigation. It recognises the fact that cities emit a large proportion of the world’s greenhouse gases and can take decisive steps to reduce emissions as they expand. This EUR 6.7 million project will run from 1 March 2012 to 31 August 2015.

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