Oceania eNews 
March 2016



Post Paris climate talks....what does it mean for us?

So the dust has settled after the Paris Climate talks and the ICLEI delegation returned home safely after a whirl of meetings, events, presentations.  Overall ICLEI believes the Paris Agreement is a major step forward to addressing climate change.  185 nations committed to limiting global warming to below 2 degrees.  Most nations also signed up to “the intent to pursue a 1.5 degree target”.  At long last local governments and “subnational governments” have been formally recognised as “essential actors in fast tracking transformative action in the urban world”.  And perhaps most importantly, our governments have made firm commitments to reducing emissions in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC).
What does this mean for us?  For Australia and New Zealand, there is new impetus for our governments to find every way possible to reduce emissions and adopt low carbon or carbon neutral pathways.  Enter local government.  As a sector we now need to get on the front foot, present positive strategies based on cities and councils achieving transformational savings which can be credited to the national GHG accounts.
For the Pacific, there are new funding commitments coming out of Paris.  Developed countries are now expected to unlock 100 billion USD per year to support the implementation of national commitments in developing countries, of which 35 billion will be earmarked for adaptation.

Steve Gawler
Regional Director

March News

Compact of Mayors Gains Momentum


The Compact of Mayors (CoM) is the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change.
Adelaide, Joondalup, Mornington Peninsula and Port Philip councils, and Auckland City were presented as being fully compliant with the CoM standards at the Paris Climate Conference.  Other cities, including Moreland, Byron Shire, ACT and Dunedin, made an early commitment to commence the compliance process. 
ICLEI is now offering the opportunity to any council in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific to join the CoM.  There is no fee but a council needs to secure a council resolution and mayoral letter to be eligible. 
In many ways, the CoM is a next-generation version of the highly successful ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) program, so former CCP participants should be able to fulfill the requirements of the Compact with minimal extra work, and become members of this leading world coalition.  ICLEI is in the final stages of securing funding for technical support, events and networking opportunities for Compact councils.
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Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Workshops

As you read this newsletter the ICLEI team will have arrived in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to facilitate a disaster risk reduction self assessment for the Honiara City Council. 
A two-day workshop along with side meetings will be conducted to help the City assess how well they were able to respond to the 2014 major flooding disaster and what needs to be done to help reduce the impacts and devastation of future disasters. 
The team will then fly on to Port Vila, Vanuatu, to assist them to finalise their Action Plan coming out of last year’s assessment exercise.
At the time of writing Cyclone Winston is wending its way from Fiji towards Vanuatu – guess this will add to the challenge of working in the islands and will definitely focus our minds on the topic!


Welcome New Members


We are pleased to welcome the following members to ICLEI Oceania:

- Byron Shire Council
- ACT Government

In the lead-up to the Paris Climate Conference, Byron and ACT not only joined (or re-joined) ICLEI but also signed up to the international 100 percent Renewable Energy Network.
Minister Simon Corbell and Mayor Simon Richardson played a prominent role in key meetings and presentations and formed productive new inter-city relationships while in Paris.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Local Government Conference

When: 16 & 17 March 2016
Where: Rydges on Swanston, Melbourne

Local Councils have a unique and important role to play in driving and implementing energy efficiency and sustainability programs. The benefits are clear to cost and energy savings as well as other benefits to the community.

ICLEI members have a final chance to purchase buy one get one free conference tickets. Please contact the ICLEI Oceania to receive the code to be used when you register.

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Living Cities AILA Summit- Five Point Plan from Industry to Green our Cities Heading to Hunt

Industry leaders from over 50 organisations in urban planning, infrastructure, utilities and greening sectors converged in Canberra on 10 February to develop key policy recommendations to inform the greening of Australian cities and the Australian Governments upcoming Cities Policy Position Paper expected to be released in coming months. 

Please view the media release

Bay Blueprint: Bay Plan 2070

A new regional coastal climate adaptation plan is underway in the Port Phillip region surrounding metropolitan Melbourne Australia.

Bay Plan 2070 is the second element of the Bay Blueprint initiative led by ICLEI Member, City of Port Phillip, for the benefit of the ten councils that make up the Association of Bayside Municipalities.

For more information go to  or contact Bernie Cotter, Bay Blueprint Project Manager on 0431 265 860 or

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Message to our Members

The ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability wishes our Members and Partners the best in 2016. This video highlights our ambitions for the upcoming year and we would like to encourage our Members to participate in any number of upcoming events. 
2016 Message to our Members


Auckland: When Brown is Green

Auckland Council is the largest local government in Oceania, a region covering Australia, New Zealand and Pacific islands. Covering a population of over 1.5 million the City and its colourful Mayor have an ambitious commitment for Auckland to become the world’s most liveable city.

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