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Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network
Edition #38 August 2016
Dear ICLEI Friends and Colleagues,

As my second and final term as Mayor of Belo Horizonte (Brazil) comes to an end in December 2016, I am grateful for this opportunity to say farewell for now to my ICLEI family and reflect back on the great accomplishments and achievements I had the opportunity to be part of in the network.
 
Our road to sustainability has been a priority to me and we were fortunate to count on key partnerships over the years. From sustainable construction to local renewables and low emission development strategies, we have been continuously active in ICLEI projects and programs.
 
I was honored to host the first ever ICLEI World Congress in Latin America in 2012, as local governments prepared to a new global chapter of the sustainable development agenda to be discussed at Rio+20. Hosting the ICLEI community in Belo and delivering our message to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, in Rio, engendered a legacy in our internationalization strategy, opening new dialogues and partnerships for our city.
 
Since 2015, I have been able to contribute to our advocacy work also as President of the National Front of Mayors of Brazil (FNP). In this new role, I have paid attention to our need to mobilize mayors in the country to scale up action and promote integration of policies between different levels of government. We have responded to the unequivocal call from Pope Francis, mobilized close to 40 commitments from Brazilian Mayors to the Compact of Mayors and opened new dialogues with the National Government on our way to and post COP21.
 
I’m grateful for the opportunity to play a part in this history we’ve built together as a community and I’m very proud of all we have achieved in these past years. Since Brazilian Mayors can run for reelection only once, and a new local leader is to be elected in the following months and serve as Mayor on January 1st. But I’m confident that Belo Horizonte cannot go back on our local efforts to build a sustainable city and that this family will remain a crucial actor for the challenges of implementation ahead at the national, regional and global arenas.
 
Since I’ll stand as President of FNP until April 2017, I’d like to inform you all that FNP will host the fourth edition of the Meeting of Municipalities with Sustainable Development on April 24th to 28th, aiming to gather 10,000 mayors, local, regional, national and international government representatives, experts and partners to discuss sustainable development and pave the way to the incoming generation of Mayors in Brazil (www.fnp.org.br).
 
I wish my fellow ICLEI Member mayors all the best in this path ahead and hope we continue to be connected.
 
With kind regards,
 
Marcio Lacerda
Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
President of National Front of Mayors (FNP)
For our Members
Contribute to the #OurNextStep campaign for Habitat III

At the Habitat III conference in Quito, nations will agree on a New Urban Agenda. Now is the time to remind nations that the many steps you take towards sustainability require strong national support. This is why are inviting all ICLEI Members to join in our #OurNextStep campaign to showcase their sustainability programs and projects.


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Preparing for Habitat III

ICLEI is engaged in over 15 events at Habitat III that look at specific local practices toward resilience, 100 percent renewable energy and ecomobility. We are brokering speaking opportunities and invite all Members to register to our events in Quito.


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Impact of city networks survey for Members

The University of Amsterdam developed this survey as part of a study that explores how sustainable city networks impact local government decision-making processes. It takes only 6-8 minutes and your contributions are appreciated. Please contact TMNpractitionersurvey@gmail.com with any questions.


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How Seberang Perai’s first female mayor is reducing waste and boosting citizen engagement

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ICLEI Member Rotterdam joins sustainable tropical timber initiative

Aiming to be the world’s most sustainable port city, Rotterdam (The Netherlands) joined the European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition's (STTC) after hosting its recent conference.

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2nd Annual Summit of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will convene at their 2nd Annual Summit in Seoul, South Korea as part of the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change on 1-2 September 2016.

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Local leaders to convene at Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change 2016

Local leaders from around the world are coming together in Seoul to highlight how city-level action can and will help nations achieve the aspirations set forth in the Paris Agreement.

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5th Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Sub-national Governments

The Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments is hosted by the Convention on Biological Diversity's 13th Conference of the Parties. Local leaders are invited to join us at this global platform to advance nature-based solutions for urban sustainability.

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How cities learn from each other: the World Cities project

The World Cities 3rd Country Cooperation project has just concluded. It involved eight successful city pairing between EU, Canadian cities and Japanese cities, which exchanged knowledge on climate resilience, green infrastructure, urban mobility and renewable energy.

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ICLEI Africa is proud to present the Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2017 Water and Climate Congress - LOCS4Africa 2017: Water & Climate. It will explore critical links between climate change and urban water and sanitation in African cities.


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Transport and mobility in the New Urban Agenda

By ensuring people-centered cities and accessible, safe and clean urban mobility, ecomobility goals support cities in reaching their vision of sustainability. ICLEI and the City of Quito are organizing the EcoMobility Days Quito 2016 as a part of the Habitat III conference. Register here.


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ICLEI South Asia partners with Smart Cities Lab India to support ICT needs of cities

ICLEI South Asia has recently partnered with Smart Cities Lab India, a collaborative initiative aiming for the development, delivery and export of smart information and communications technology (ICT) and mobile-based services and products related to Smart Cities, e-health, energy, environment, agrifood and logistics.

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ICLEI remembers Dr. Alexander Aylett

Alex was a Professor of Urban Sustainability Governance and Innovation at the IMRS University in Montreal. He worked tirelessly to advance understanding on how to achieve more vibrant, livable and sustainable cities, shedding light on how to turn ambition and planning into local action affecting real change.

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