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Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network
Edition #32 February 2016


Monika Zimmermann
Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI

Introducing Metropolitan Solutions 2016

Dear ICLEI Friends and Colleagues,

To fast track and scale up their actions, cities and regions are partnering with businesses that deliver innovations to support sustainable development.

Cities and regions need to communicate their demands and needs to the private sector and direct the markets for the benefit of their inhabitants and the environment. This year, ICLEI is increasing engagement with businesses to foster city-business collaboration based sustainability values and cities' needs.

We invite all local and subnational governments to join ICLEI at Metropolitan Solutions 2016 in Berlin. Taking place on 31 May–2 June, Metropolitan Solutions is the premier meeting point for cities and businesses to advance cooperation on sustainability. This year, Metropolitan Solutions coincides with the German Habitat III Forum, the first international preparatory event for Habitat III in Quito to discuss the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda.

ICLEI is hosting three conference at Metropolitan Solutions 2016. Smart CITIES 2.0 examines how cities can benefit from the often technology-focused Smart Cities debate, providing a platform for cities to demonstrate how they use ‘smartness’ to address urban challenges. At Urban Trends, leading thinkers and practitioners highlight key trends that are fundamentally transforming cities, while Sustainable Urban China provides a central meeting platform for Chinese and European decision makers and practitioners.

Metropolitan Solutions is a major opportunity for local and subnational governments to take city-business collaboration to the next level. We look forward to seeing you in June.

With kind regards,

Monika Zimmermann
Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI

ICLEI Gears Up for Habitat III

ICLEI is engaging in preparations for the Habitat III Conference in Quito through negotiations, stakeholder engagement and consultation processes on the pre-Zero Order Draft of the New Urban Agenda - the Habitat III outcome document. ICLEI is currently involved in policy units, regional and thematic events, global partnerships and the Second UN Environment Assembly to help shape conference outcomes this coming October.

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Register for the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns

Early bird registration is open until 4 March for the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, the flagship conference on local sustainable development in Europe, taking place from 27-29 April 2016 in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain.

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Second Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress to Identify Regional Solutions

Around 500 delegates from local and national governments, development agencies, civil society and the private sector are convening in Melaka, Malaysia for the second Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Forum on 2-4 March 2016 – the first major assembly for local action in the region in the wake of the new climate agreement forged in COP21.

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Join the Debate on Smart Cities at Metropolitan Solutions 2016

In this blog post, our Smart City team considers the debate around the term, highlighting three cities that use the label in distinct ways. These examples show how Smart Cities are less concerned with futuristic technology than with the pathway to sustainability goals. Join us to continue the debate at the Smart CITIES 2.0 conference at Metropolitan Solutions 2016.

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Ljubljana Assumes Title of European Green Capital

In a ceremony on 9 February overseen by European Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella, ICLEI Member Ljubljana, Slovenia took over the title of 2016 European Green Capital from ICLEI Member Bristol, UK, the 2015 title holder. We offer our warmest congratulations to both cities.

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Indian Cities Assess Potential for District Energy

ICLEI South Asia, in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has initiated a project to help Indian cities accelerate their transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient development through modern District Energy Systems (DES).

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Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program Achieves 25% Emissions Reduction After 5th Year

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced that the Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program achieved a 25% reduction in emissions after its 5th year. This achievement is linked to the continuation of significant energy-saving measures implemented following the 2011 post-earthquake power crisis.

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Bologna Hosts Workshop to Explore Future Energy Scenarios

On 16–17 March 2016, Bologna City Council will host a “Future Energy Scenarios” workshop for Urban-LEDS cities in Europe. The purpose of the workshop is to produce a set of robust quantified energy futures scenarios for the cities to help formulate and accelerate local strategies to achieve more ambitious targets.

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More Local Action Stories
Indian Cities to Fast Forward Low-Carbon Development Through Zagreb Exchange

Delegates from Indian Urban-LEDS model cities Rajkot and Thane will visit Zagreb, Croatia from 7-11 March 2016 to explore new ways to drive low-carbon development in their cities. The trainings and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange will enable the delegates to build on progress already achieved through the Urban-LEDS project.

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EcoMobility World Festival 2015 Summary Video Released

In October 2015, the City of Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in a bid to decongest its central business district, Sandton. The Festival, which is part of the ICLEI EcoMobility Festival series, has prompted a vibrant debate on the future of Johannesburg's mobility. Watch the five-minute documentary for a summary of the project.

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Register for Resilient Cities 2016

Registration is now open for the seventh annual global Resilient Cities congress. With a particular focus on inclusive and resilient urban development, finance and global frameworks, Resilient Cities 2016 is a must for anyone involved in urban resilience and adaptation.

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ICLEI Releases Green Building Resources

ICLEI is delighted to share a number of brand new resources designed to support developers and municipalities to green urban infrastructure and buildings. The resources were designed through the Urban-LEDS project, with the expert assistance of MCA Urban and Environmental Planners, Steadfast Greening and Conscious Property Solutions.

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"Join the Debate...": Photo courtesy of Fabian Lackner via Wikimedia
"Ljubljana Takes over Title...": By "European Green Capital Award / PRACSIS" via Flickr
"Tokyo Cap-and-Trade...": Photo courtesy of Kristen Körsgen, ICLEI World Secretariat "Second Resilient Cities...": Photo courtesy of Bjørn Christian Tørrissen via Wikimedia.
"Bologna Hosts Workshop...": "Bologna, Torre degli Asinelli" by il Benni (CC BY).

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