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The Future of Water in Cities

Post by Abrina Williams Sub-plenary 7 of the ICLEI World Congress 2015 looked at the future of water in cities, along with priorities and strategies for local water security. The panelists had considerable expertise at the international level and came from local governments, international organizations, and strategic networks. Water security is defined by UNESCO as […]

World Congress 2015 looks to the future with focus on partnerships

At the Closing Plenary of the ICLEI World Congress 2015, many speakers noted how the Congress had allowed organizations to build new partnerships or extend existing ones. ICLEI was delighted to sign 10 Memoranda of Understanding with a range of forward-thinking and innovative organizations. The MOUs were signed with: Association of Vertical Farming (AVF) International […]

Anchoring Sustainability in the Post-2015 Agenda

The second plenary session of Day 3 of the ICLEI World Congress 2015 looked at how to anchor sustainability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Yvo de Boer of the Global Green Growth Institute highlighted three key events in 2015: the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in May; the United Nations Summit to adopt […]

How are cities promoting sustainability? Watch the video interviews

Edmonton, Canada Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, Canada, explains how hosting the ICLEI World Congress 2009 helped to showcase different projects the city was working on, as well as to propel new initiatives. Since that year, Edmonton city has been enhancing sustainable procurement, partnering with different organizations; introducing new technology to improve waste management; developing […]

Mobile Workshop: Sipjaseong Energy Self-reliant Community

Post by Abrina Williams Today Mobile Workshop participants at the ICLEI World Congress visited the Sipjaseong energy self-reliant community in the Gangdo area of Seoul, South Korea. This neighborhood community generates approximately 50% of their own energy through the use of photovoltaic solar panels. The village was founded in 1974 by the Korean government for […]

Local leaders and citizens build a world of local action

Today, Mayor Park Won Soon, the citizens of Seoul and the congress delegates led a march which demonstrated the power of local action initiatives. One great example of a citizen-driven initiative is the newly launched “11 Promises of Seoul”. The Promise of Seoul outlines eleven concrete pledges from the citizens to promote sustainability and fight […]

Compact of Mayors gains momentum with 36 additional cities

From Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris, France to Seoul, South Korea, cities around the world are demonstrating collective leadership to fight climate change. Today, these megacities and 33 other leading cities and towns intensified their commitment to climate action by pledging to comply to the Compact of Mayors. “One of the most effective ways cities […]