Workshops and Trainings

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Focused workshops and trainings organized by ICLEI staffs and partners equipped participants with advanced insights, skills and techniques across a range of thematic areas.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

UNEP-WCCD side event: Indicators for Sustainable Cities (1) (Invitation Only)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Council on City Data (WCCD), ICLEI and SWITCH Asia was convening an Expert Meeting on Cities and Indicators from 7-8 April. The meeting focused on indicators and indicators frameworks that currently exist to measure sustainability at the city level, and aimed to make the case for the use of indicators in evidence-based decision making; to understand local governments’ demands and how indicator frameworks respond to these demands; and to support cities in overcoming the challenges that exist in the use of indicator frameworks.
Organizer: Sharon Gil

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

UNEP-WCCD side event: Indicators for Sustainable Cities (2) (Invitation Only)
This UNEP supported workshop built extensively on UNEP’s previous work on cities and particularly the work of the Global Initiative on Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC).
Organizer: Stefanos Fotiou, UNEP
Contact: stefanos.fotiou(at)

District Energy in Cities Initiative: Regional Launch for Asia-Pacific and International Training   
To facilitate the transition to modern district energy systems, UNEP in partnership with ICLEI and in a multi-stakeholder platform, have created a District Energy (DES) Accelerator as an implementing mechanism for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The Asian Regional launch of the DES Accelerator included the launch of the first pilot project in Rajkot, India, with the host city of Seoul also confirming its engagement as a Champion City. This workshop offered cities the opportunity to explore the Accelerator, and learn about a tool to support them in developing a political and investment roadmap to enhance district energy in their jurisdiction.
Organizer: Mona Ludigkeit, Officer Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI
Contact: mona.ludigkeit(at)

CityNet Affordable Housing Side Event
As one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing areas in the world, the Asia Pacific region faces the serious challenge of affordable housing. Housing is one of the most central parts of citizens’ daily lives and one of the primary forms of asset accumulation for the poor. However, ensuring adequate, safe and affordable housing for the poor is a major challenge. Because of this, many urban poor seek shelter in informal settlements where access to sanitation services, safe spaces and stability are jeopardized. In this interactive side event, speakers from NGOs, the private sector, government institutions and academia shared their work and expertise while actively engaging participants in the discussion.
Organizer: Marina Brenden, CityNet Secretariat
Contact: programs2(at)

SE4ALL Building Efficiency Accelerator Training
This Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Building Efficiency Accelerator training session provided an introduction to its approach to working with local governments. ICLEI members were warmly invited to explore their involvement in the BEA. We engaged the audience in an interactive exercise to identify finance, public building, and energy code policies that would assist cities and towns in meeting their short and long-term need- and to double the rate of global energy efficiency by 2030.  At the conclusion of the session, City representatives and partner organizations were invited to register for an individual consultation during the World Congress to explore specific opportunities.
Organizer: Lucy Price, Junior Officer Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI
Contact: lucy.price(at)

Ecosystem-based Adaptation Workshop: Biodiversity and the changing climate
Experts and local governments participating in this session explored the role of biodiversity under and for a changing climate. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities of climate change from a biodiversity perspective, and seek to establish what cities need to succeed in these changing framework conditions. Experiences shared by outstanding local governments enabled other cities to adapt and replicate best practices in their own urban contexts.
Organizer: Ms. Shela Patrickson, Manager ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center
Contact: shela.patrickson(at)

Low-Carbon City Lab – Official Launch
Leveraging a rich ecosystem of companies, research centers, city networks and cities, the Low Carbon City Lab (LoCaL) aimed at unlocking the emission reduction potential of cities. Recently launched by the Climate-KIC, the largest European public-private partnership focused on climate change and innovation, the LoCaL programme will kick-off officially at ICLEI’s World Congress. This programme allowed cities to better understand their emissions, to plan and define mitigation strategies and to take action.
Organizer: Victor Gancel, Climate KIC
Contact: victor.gancel(at)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Solutions Gateway: Low-carbon Solutions for Urban Development Challenges (1) (Information Session)
The Solutions Gateway took an integrated approach to maximize sustainable development and climate change mitigation results.
Organizer: Ana Marques, Senior Officer, Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI
Contact: ana.marques(at)

Friday, 10 April 2015

UNEP-IIED side-event: Toward Resilient and Resource Efficient Cities
This side event, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), proposed the argument that an integrated approach to city planning and the environment, which recognized the imperatives of both resilience and resource efficiency, was to achieve more substantial and lasting gains in addressing social and environmental challenges.
Organizer: Sharon Gil

URBIO Workshop
In this workshop URBIO (International Network on Urban Biodiversity and Design) aimed to bring urban biodiversity researchers and local governments together in a productive manner to feed into the development a Global Urban Biodiversity Research agenda. This workshop was open to a maximum of 50 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.
Organizer: Shela Patrickson, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center
Contact: shela.patrickson(at)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Presenting the Carbonn Climate Registry
Launched at the Climate Summit 2014, the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) is the world´s leading reporting platform to enhance transparency, accountability and credibility of climate action of local and subnational governments. In 2014 carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) embraced its 500 reporting cities from 44 countries around the world, reporting more than 5000 climate actions and 1092 commitments. This year carbonn was coming with brand new update to facilitate high quality reports and international level city campaigns.
Organizer: Ana Marques, Senior Officer, Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI
Contact: ana.marques(at)

Solutions Gateway: Low-carbon Solutions for Urban Development Challenges (2) (Information Session)
The Solutions Gateway takes an integrated approach to maximize sustainable development and climate change mitigation results.
Organizer: Ana Marques, Senior Officer, Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI
Contact: ana.marques(at)

Sunday, 12 April 2015

EcoMobility and Climate Change: Expectations and Inputs for the COP21 in Paris

This one-day session at the ICLEI World Congress had a dual objective.

Firstly, it updated, collected and discussed the expectations from the participants of the ICLEI World Congress towards the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 to be held in December in Paris, France and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be agreed upon in September, 2015 in New York. The outcomes from this session was an important input towards the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2015.

Secondly, it discussed how action at the local level, like the EcoMobility festivals in Johannesburg can contribute towards shaping global policies on transport, sustainable development and climate change.

The session was jointly organized by ICLEI – EcoMobility, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap (BtG) Initiative.

The participants to this session were city representatives, city leaders, transport and climate change experts.

Organizer: Santhosh (Sunny) Kodukula, ICLEI -­‐ Local Governments for Sustainability
Contact: santhosh.kodukula(at)

Sustainable Public Procurement Workshop
Cost: 100 Euro or 130,000 Korean Won. Fee payable in cash on-site at registration desk. Bank transfer also possible. Please contact world.congress(at) for bank transfer instructions.
We provided this training in a small group (max. 10 participants) in a friendly and informal atmosphere using advanced learning techniques. The programme was designed to effectively engage people and illustrated the practical implications of sustainable and innovation procurement. It is based on ICLEI’s successful SPP training programme, which has trained more than 1,200 people in the past five years.
(See Day-by-day Program for more information)
Organizer: Mr. Philipp Tepper, Coordinator: Sustainable Economy and Procurement
ICLEI European Secretariat
Contact: philipp.tepper(at)

Dialogue with Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance
Description in Development.
Organizer: Ana Marques, Senior Officer, Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI
Contact: ana.marques(at)

Urban Productivity Collaborative Meeting (Invitation Only)
The Urban Productivity Collaborative was a group of researchers and practitioners interested in how the concept of “urban productivity” could be instrumentalized to support and reorganization of our cities into net productive systems, producing their own resources, increasing the health, well-being, education  and productivity of their families and communities, and generating greater economic value.
Organizer: Kathrine Brekke, Urban Research Officer, ICLEI
Contact: Kathrine.brekke(at)

Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emission Inventories (GPC) Training
A city’s ability to take effective action on mitigating climate change, and monitor progress, depends on having access to good quality data on GHG emissions. The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) is the first globally accepted standard for community scale greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, allowing for greater consistency and more credible and meaningful GHG inventory accounting and reporting.
(See Day-by-day Program for more information)
Organizer: Mona Ludigkeit, Officer Low Carbon Cities ICLEI
Contact: mona.ludigkeit(at)

Compact of Mayors Update and Training
Description in development
Organizer: Mona Ludigkeit, Officer Low Carbon Cities ICLEI
Contact: mona.ludigkeit(at)

BiodiverCities Advisory Board Meeting (Invitation Only)
Description in development
Organizer: Shela Patrickson, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center
Contact: shela.patrickson(at)