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Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network
Edition #24 April 2015


Won Soon Park
President, ICLEI


Dear ICLEI Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to introduce myself as the new ICLEI President! Thank you to all ICLEI Members for electing me to this prestigious post.

Now is a wonderful time to take up the position of ICLEI President. Seoul has just hosted the ICLEI World Congress 2015, which was a huge success. Over 2,500 people participated in the Congress, and we all emerged with increased optimism and ambition for our sustainability projects.

As President of ICLEI, I hope to contribute to the sharing of knowledge, visions and best practices from city to city and from region to region. It is our job to take the successes of our Members and make them a reality in every location.

In this context, I am pleased to promote and invite you to two major upcoming events: Resilient Cities 2015 and Metropolitan Solutions 2015. Taking place in Bonn and Berlin respectively, these events will bring together experts, practitioners and business leaders to find new ways of making cities resilient and of strengthening city-business cooperation.

Later in the year, I am greatly looking forward to the second EcoMobility World Festival during the month of October in Johannesburg, South Africa; and, of course, to working with you at the COP21 in Paris in December, where we will together launch and present ICLEI’s new Transformative Actions Program.

I look forward to following many similar events over the course of my Presidency. Let’s build on the momentum of our inspiring World Congress and look ahead to the COP21 in December.

With kind regards,

Won Soon Park
President, ICLEI; Mayor of Seoul

Resilient Cities 2015 congress to focus on financing resilience

As more and more cities move toward implementing their adaptation plans and resilience strategies, the lack of funding for such projects has become increasingly problematic. Resilient Cities 2015 will take a critical look at emerging approaches for financing resilience, sharing innovative examples of how cities, donors, investors, and intermediaries are reimagining traditional models to direct resources toward urban resilience-building.

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Global Lead Cities Network on sustainable public procurement launched

Seoul Metropolitan Government and ICLEI have joined forces to establish a Global Lead Cities Network on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP). The aim is to create a worldwide network of leading cities that share and develop their capabilities to implement sustainable and innovation procurement, driving a transition to sustainable production and consumption.

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This Earth Day, ICLEI celebrates city climate action

To coincide with Earth Day, over 500 new city climate actions are being featured on the UN-hosted Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal. The city data presented on the NAZCA platform was reported to ICLEI’s carbonn Climate Registry – a leading database of local and subnational climate action – and the CDP cities program.

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ICLEI World Congress 2015 in review

The ICLEI World Congress 2015 took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 8-12 April. Entitled “Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future,” the Congress gathered over 2,500 delegates from 249 local governments worldwide. There were a number of landmark outcomes from the packed five days.

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Lounge Talks at Metropolitan Solutions to improve city-business cooperation

Taking place 20-22 May at the CityCube in Berlin, Metropolitan Solutions 2015 will feature the ICLEI Lounge Talks. This year, companies and organizations such as Siemens, EEN, GIZ, WBCSD, ISOCARP will discuss urban challenges, solutions, cooperation opportunities and projects with selected participants of the public and private sectors.

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Seoul announced as 2015 Earth Hour City Challenge Capital

The city of Seoul has been awarded the title of Global Earth Hour Capital 2015. Seoul impressed an international jury of experts with its comprehensive approach to tackling climate change and its determination to ramp up use of renewable energy.

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26 countries endorse action plan at World Water Forum conference

A conference held in Gyeongju (Republic of Korea) from 13 – 14 April on sustainable water management has culminated in 26 countries endorsing an action plan supporting the role of local governments in resolving water issues at national and global levels.

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Urban Resilience Task Force helps cities meet pressing challenges

Local leaders are expected to react increasingly quickly to urban challenges, requiring foresight, expertise and dynamism. A new tool developed by ICLEI and ISOCARP helps cities to anticipate and prevent adverse impacts, take advantage of new opportunities and embrace change.

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Resilient Cities 2015 congress to feature "Cities in Focus" sessions

"Cities in Focus” sessions show how different cities approach adaptation and overcome common challenges. Participants will engage directly with city representatives and stakeholders to learn from their experiences and provide feedback. Featured cities include Tshwane, South Africa; Pemba and Quelimane, Mozambique; and New York, USA.

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Solutions Gateway now open to all cities

The Solutions Gateway, an online platform on Low Carbon Solutions for Urban Development created for cities and towns, was launched at the ICLEI World Congress 2015 in April 2015. It is now available to all local governments, free of charge.

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HABITATIII not on track to exceed achievements from 20 years ago

The Second Meeting of the Preparatory Committee of HABITATIII Conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya on 14-16 April 2015, concluded without reaching an agreement on the rules of procedure, and in particular in terms of the engagement of local and subnational governments in the process.

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Global District Energy in Cities Initiative: Asia-Pacific Regional Launch

Rajkot, a model Urban-LEDS city in India, committed to become the first pilot city of the Global District Energy in Cities Initiative. The signing ceremony took place on April 8, during the Initiative’s Regional Launch for Asia-Pacific which preceded the official opening of ICLEI World Congress 2015, in Seoul, South Korea.

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Resilient Cities 2015 Photo Contest Winner


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