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 Oceania eNews 
September 2015   

 

 
 

Editorial

Cathy OkeWhat does COP21 have to do with cities? Simply put, we need world leaders to know that cities, like many ICLEI members, are groundbreakers in innovative actions against climate change. Some of the best solutions are happening in cities, so decisions and investment into reducing global warming need to be informed not only by cities taking the lead but also by those seeking support to act. In the lead up to and during COP21, the City of Melbourne is planning a series of events that will tell our eco-city story to the world and will involve our community. 
 
I recommend to all ICLEI members to look at your calendar of upcoming sustainability events and consider including a statement highlighting the importance of COP21. You could also consider hosting a specific COP21 event before or during the negotiations.
 
I will be attending the COP21 meeting in December because I strongly believe that the voice of cities committed to tackling global warming must be heard at this critical meeting. I am also participating in public forums to ensure Melburnians are informed about the global negotiations.

To join the ICLEI delegation, or to discuss ways your council can contribute before and during COP21, please contact me or the ICLEI Oceania office.
 
Cr Cathy Oke
Chair ICLEI Oceania Regional Executive Committee

 

September News

Paris COP21 - Opportunities for Your City! 
 

Cities in Oceania region now have the opportunity to participate directly in the “Paris COP”, 30 November to 11 December.
 
This is an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to addressing climate change, showcase your achievements and publicise ambitious projects to potential investors. 
 
Your council can participate by:
  • Joining the Compact of Mayors
  • Joining the Transformative Actions Project and presenting your city’s progress or planned initiatives at the ICLEI Pavilion
  • Joining the ICLEI delegation to Paris where you can attend the Climate Summit for Local Leaders and other local government events
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Sydney Chief Resilience Officer Appointment



Property sustainability expert Beck Dawson has been named Sydney’s Chief Resilience Officer, a high-profile position enabled through the Rockerfeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network. Beck is tasked with preparing the city for environmental, economic and social shocks.


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Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress 2016



The City of Melaka, Malaysia, will be the proud host of the second Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2016.

Called the “Venice of Asia”, Melaka State is one of the frontrunners in the emerging country of Malaysia to embrace the concept of a “Green City”. The State is aiming to become resilient and inclusive, to manage their natural resources sustainably and promote low carbon growth to remain competitive and enhance liveability for all their residents.

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Newcastle Divestment Policy – Considering It's Future Direction




Newcastle, home of the world's biggest coal port, has joined the global fossil fuels divestment push after the city's council voted to exit holdings in the big four banks if they continue to fund fossil fuels projects.

About 80 per cent of the City of Newcastle Council's $270 million investment portfolio is held in the big four banks, mostly through term deposits. Those investments are spread evenly across the big four.

But after the council passed a motion, it will dump holdings in the banks for more "environmentally and socially responsible" institutions when deposits come up for renewal and certain criteria are met.


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Auckland joins Global Lead Cities for Sustainable Procurement Network

 



Auckland Council is to become a founding participant of the Global Lead Cities Network of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP). Mayor Brown says he, “see(s) this as an ideal opportunity to contribute to ICLEI’s efforts to promote more sustainable public procurement, drawing on programmes of work that we are already undertaking here in Auckland”.
 
The aim of SPP 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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Funding of Disaster Resilience Workshops in the Pacific Islands

ICLEI Oceania and the United Nations disaster agency UNISDR conducted a successful disaster risk reduction workshop in Port Vila in June.

Funding has now been confirmed to assist Port Vila to finalise their disaster action plan and to conduct similar workshops in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands. This initiative follows the call to action by Lord Mayor Ulrich Sumptoh at the ICLEI World Congress after Vanuatu was devastated by Cyclone Pam in March this year.


 

Australian Climate Leadership Summit 15



25 days before the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Australian Climate Leadership Summit will provide a forum for business and government leaders to demonstrate strong climate leadership and help to begin a new climate conversation.
 
The Summit will help to shift the conversation towards how Australia can exploit the tremendous opportunities that arise from the low carbon, future economy.
 
Click here for more information and to register.
 

Join the Compact of Mayors in Time for Paris!

 

 

Is your city / town making ambitious commitments to fight and adapt to climate change? Join the Compact of Mayors to show the world what local governments are doing and become part of a global network of local climate action leaders!  If you make a commitment by November you can be listed in the select group of leader cities at the Paris COP.


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Membership

ICLEI World Secretariat based in Bonn provides a range of programs for towns and cities to participate in that add value to their sustainability and climate action policies and practices.

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The Oceania Secretariat provides advocacy, networking, information sharing and targeted projects that enhance the work of Members and informs the broader Local Government sector.


Host City, ICLEI Oceania Secretariat

Join the ICLEI Oceania LinkedIn Group


LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations and allows members to strengthen and extend their existing network of trusted contacts.

The ICLEI Oceania LinkedIn group is a great way to share stories and invite discussion on sustainability practices and approaches that are working in your Council.

Join the ICLEI LinkedIn group

ICLEI Oceania Regional Executive Committee–RexCom

Chair: Cr Cathy Oke, City of Melbourne, Victoria
Cr Roberto Colanzi, City of Yarra, Victoria
Cr Caroline Knight, City of Mandurah, Western Australia
Cr Eddie Ngava, Honiara City Council, Solomon Islands
Cr Wayne Walker, City of Auckland, New Zealand
Mayor Troy Pickard, City of Joondalup, Western Australia - Global Executive Committee Member (Biodiversity Portfolio)

Host City, Water Campaign Australia
 
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