Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network
October 2016
Dear ICLEI Friends and Colleagues,

There is much to celebrate as we approach COP22, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech next month. The Paris Agreement will enter into force before the conference begins, which means climate commitments will soon become legally binding for nations. Against this backdrop, we can focus on what really matters: accelerating action to limit the cause and effects of climate change.

The importance of accelerating climate action cannot be overemphasized. There is a significant gap between national commitments and the emissions reductions needed to steer the global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius. 
The contributions of local and subnational governments around the world are crucial. We have the opportunity to help close the emissions gap and to prove that our actions make a difference.
This is why local leaders gathered last month in Seoul to reiterate their commitment to climate action, call on nations to work with all levels of government and encourage local governments to commit to the Compact of Mayors, thereby demonstrating, through hard data, how we support national and global goals. We have included such commitments from the local governments in Seoul Communiqué 2016 for the New Climate Regime.
The Communiqué was discussed in-depth at the Habitat III conference, which was held in Quito this month, and consequently we aim the document to be shared as a message from cities and local governments at COP22.
It is an exciting moment to be a local leader committed tackling climate change. We have our work cut out for us, but we already have quite a bit of experience to propel us forward, and the world clearly agrees that a sustainable future is the necessary direction of change.
We will continue to accelerate our work, while encouraging nations to connect the dots between the Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda, in order to build a truly comprehensive global roadmap that brings us towards a better future.

Best regards,
Park Won Soon
Mayor of Seoul and President of ICLEI
Local action
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Rotterdam, striving to be green, downplays CO2 targets

While striving to to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the City of Rotterdam in the Netherlands focuses its narrative on making buildings, industry and transport cleaner and more efficient, which are concrete and tangible issues that the public can easily rally behind.

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Paris passes law allowing citizens to plant gardens all over the city

The initiative, "permis de végétaliser" - or "license to vegetate" - is part of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo's 2020 target of adding 100 hectares of vegetation on the city's walls and roofs, with one-third dedicated to urban agriculture.

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At the closing of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, nations unanimously adopted the New Urban Agenda, agreeing on a common vision for a sustainable urban world.

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ICLEI is gearing up toward COP22

Less than a month after adopting the New Urban Agenda, nations will gather again in Marrakesh from 7-18 November for COP22, the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). ICLEI will be there with a full program that is now available online.

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Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan of Bonn elected as First Vice President of ICLEI

On 18 October 2016, the Global Executive Committee and Council of ICLEI elected Ashok Alexander Sridharan, Lord Mayor of Bonn, Germany as First Vice President.

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The Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience, of which ICLEI is a member, has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen the resilience of all cities and human settlements around the world.

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ICLEI launches Resilient Cities Report 2016

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EcoMobility Days: exploring ways to implement the New Urban Agenda with urban mobility at the core

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