ICLEI Members lead the way in Earth Hour City Challenge SAOsman_Asmal_Sarah_Ward_-_CCT_Earth_Hour_City_Challenge_entrant_01

As the closing date for entries for WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge draws nearer, six South African cities are preparing their participation in this global competition.



The Local Climate Solutions (LOCS) for Africa 2013 Congress draft programme has been launched! Download it HERELOCS2013 Programme Overview_19 Sept You can still join a growing movement of local governments, their partners, business and other stakeholders serious about creating innovative solutions for the complex urban challenges in Africa. For a list of confirmed speakers and programme visit the LOCS 2013 site or register here!




Press Release: 14th September 2013: Be Part of the Solution: Facing Africa’s Urbanisation, locs logo 2013Infrastructure and Climate Challenges. Download the LOCS 2013 Press Release.




Resilient Cities 2013 report out now!RC2013__CongressReport_singlepage

A summary of Resilient Cities 2013 including key outcomes is now available in the congress report. Download it today to catch up on sessions missed and get a detailed overview of the event as it happened. More.




The State of Region’s Cities reports, as produced and published by UN-HABITAT, covers Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin American and Caribbean Cities, Arab States and East Europe. The report will be previewed in the opening plenary for the Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013 Congress in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. More to follow.

New LOCS 2013 Newsletter! Welcome to the first edition of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – Africa’s Local Climate Solutions for Africa Program (LOCS) Newsletter! More.

Be a catalyst of change! Resilient Cities 2013 ends with a call for bottom-up changedavid_cadman_resilient_cities_2013

ICLEI President David Cadman remarked: “The next three years [until the UNFCCC COP-21 agreement and the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals] are our last chance. Go home and be a catalyst like you’ve never ever been before.”

The Resilient Cities congress 2013 wrapped up today with a lineup of impressive outcomes:

Read more about the outcomes here.

World Bank Announces US$1 Billion Pledge to Africa’s Great Lakes RegionJim Yong Kim, President of Dartmouth College

On the first day of an historic joint United Nations/World Bank Group mission to the Great Lakes region, the World Bank Group announced $1 billion in proposed new funding to help countries in the region provide better health and education services, generate more cross-border trade, and fund hydroelectricity projects in support of the Great Lakes peace agreement that was signed by 11 countries in February.

World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, said “We made extraordinary efforts to secure an additional $1 billion in funding because we believe this can be a major contributor to a lasting peace in the Great Lakes region,” Kim said. “This funding will help revitalize economic development, create jobs, and improve the lives of people who have suffered for far too long. Now the leaders of the Great Lakes region, by  restarting economic activity and improving livelihoods in border areas, can boost confidence, build economies, and give new opportunities for millions of people.” More.

Press Release: 3 May 2013

Be Part of the Solution: Africa’s Urbanization & Climate Change Challengeslocs logo 2013

The City of Dar es Salaam is hosting a world-class Pan-African congress in October to identify and showcase innovative solutions and opportunities to the challenges of rapid urbanization, and realistic responses to climate change at the local government level. More.


Nations show greater interest to work with local and subnational governments to scale up concerted climate actions

Bonn_LangerEugen_PosttowerAs national governments from both developed and developing countries express greater eagerness to actively collaborate with local and subnational governments in combating climate challenge in the pre-2020 period at the UN climate talks held in Bonn last week, ICLEI welcomes this positive step towards raising global level of ambition. More



Pioneering cities and experts meet to pave the way for implementation of the Durban Adaptation Charte
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Durban, South Africa, 25 March 2013 For immediate release

Local government thought leaders from around the world, including representatives from Bulawayo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Gorakphur, Hanoi, Lagos, London, Mandurah, Quintana Roo and Thimphu met in Durban from the 20th to 23rd March to further the implementation of a set of political commitments towards addressing the impacts of climate change , known as  the Durban Adaptation Charter.

Download the Press Release here.





ICLEI at COP18: Cities hold the key to Doha Climate Gateway

The UN Climate Change Summit ended in Doha last Saturday after negotiators agreed to the Doha Climate Gateway – a deal that extends the Kyoto Protocol for eight more years, introduces new principles on compensation of loss and damage, and opens the path to a broader global climate action by drafting a new universal climate agreement by 2015.

ICLEI welcomes the Doha outcomes as modest steps towards ensuring the integrity of global, rule-based system for climate change, but is concerned that the pace of intergovernmental process is far below the level to respond effectively to urgent climate crisis. It also fails to fully reflect the dynamism towards developing a new low-emission, low-carbon, climate-resilient, resource-efficient urban environment.

The outcomes’ lack of reference to local climate action – despite the very strong statements delivered by countries including US, EU, Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia at numerous sessions before and during the Conference – is particularly disappointing.

“We are observing a clear and growing intention among both developed and developing countries to work closely with local and subnational governments on raising level of ambition”, said Gino van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General.

“The climate community is much more eager to tap on the potential of local climate action. Such partnerships are the key to ensure tangible success in global climate action, while intergovernmental negotiations advance.”

Acting as the  focal point of local governments and municipal authorities to the UN Climate Change process since 1995, ICLEI facilitated advocacy efforts and supported the World Climate Summit and Sustainable Innovation Forum as an institutional partner in Doha.

A side event was held on 6 December, where ICLEI presented the 2012 updates on local governments’ implementation of global climate initiatives such as the Mexico City Pact and Durban Adaptation Charter.

Reta Jo Lewis, Special Representative of US Department of State, Evelyn Huytebroeck, Minister of Environment of Brussels Capital Region, Rodolfo Godínez, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Mexico, Jens Fugl of European Commission and Robert Kehew of UN-Habitat addressed ICLEI side event, where city representatives from Tokyo, Belo Horizonte, Buenos Aires, Thane, Kaohsiung and Mexico presented their achievements in climate change mitigation and adaptation over the past year.

A new report from carbonn Cities Climate Registry – the world’s largest global database on local climate action – was also released on the same date, revealing 2,092 local climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, 561 GHG inventories amounting to annual community GHG emissions of 1.5 Gigatonnes CO2e by 232 cities from 25 countries worldwide.

To consolidate local efforts and to come up with a strengthened and action-oriented global advocacy and network, ICLEI will meet with mayors, councilors and governors from around the world in Nantes in September 2013 – as a preparation to the Warsaw Climate Conference in 2013 and World´s Leaders Climate Summit in 2014 to be convened by UN Secretary General.

Read ICLEI’s evaluation of Doah here.

Photos of ICLEI at Doha COP 18