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12 June 2019

Initiative to tackle urban noise and emissions open to local and regional governments

Cities, local and regional governments across the globe are at the forefront of efforts to decrease emissions across sectors. In this landscape, an ICLEI Europe partner project, EVERYWH2ERE, has launched a Regions & Cities Interest Group for pioneering authorities working to reduce urban noise a...

11 June 2019

Cities to work together to protect Europe’s cultural heritage from climate change and natural hazards

In 2015, ICLEI Member Hamburg (Germany)’s “Speicherstadt und Kontorhausviertel” were officially designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Now, the city is tasked with preserving its picturesque canal quarter from a rapidly-rising tide and more frequent extreme weather. Protecting...

6 June 2019

Reflections on the future of water reuse in the European Union

The European Commission has proposed a new regulation on minimum requirements for the reuse of treated wastewater in agricultural irrigation. During EU Green Week, Valentina Bastino, from the DG Environment, explained the motivation behind this law, saying: “Today, one third of the territory ...

5 June 2019

Take action this World Environment Day to #BeatAirPollution

Since 1974, every 5 June has been designated World Environment Day. The day aims to encourage individuals, governments, and industry to contribute to a more sustainable future. The theme of World Environment Day 2019 is Air Pollution. The United Nations has provided suggestions on how individuals c...

4 June 2019

Katowice to host UN-Habitat’s Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum

ICLEI Europe Members are demonstrating their commitment to fostering sustainable and just urban centres, in part through their relationships with UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency for human settlements. Last week, ICLEI Member Katowice (Poland) was announced as the host city for UN-Habitat&rsqu...

3 June 2019

Happy World Bicycle Day!

Today, 3 June, is the United Nations’ (UN) World Bicycle Day. It is a day to encourage UN Member States to include bicycle transit in their mobility policies, plans and projects. Cycling is low emissions, affordable, and can improve riders’ health. Bicycles have even been associated wit...

3 June 2019

Basque municipalities launch guide on localising the Sustainable Development Goals

In a recently published guidance document, ICLEI Member Udalsarea21 – a network of more than 200 Basque municipalities committed to sustainability – provide local authorities with practical steps they can undertake to address Agenda 2030 and its associated Sustainable Development Goals (...

31 May 2019

New toolkit on better waste prevention and management released

A new toolkit has been released to help cities build more successful waste management strategies. The toolkit, titled “A guide on urban metabolism and participatory processes for more efficient urban waste policies,” can inspire urban waste agents – from decision makers to waste c...

29 May 2019

European Mayors set the tone in a time of climate action

A series of events critical to the future of the European Union took place this May, with important political happenings, such as the EU Leaders Summit and the EU elections, coinciding with intensified citizen action on climate change. European Mayors have led and set the tone in this time, releasin...