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31 January 2023

Disruption & Resilience: why stronger local and regional governments are needed

Europe is reeling and seems in constant crisis. The sequence of disruptive global shocks seems to be constantly accelerating, while longer-term emergencies – in particular the climate and biodiversity crises – are continuing without being adequately addressed. Strengthening local and reg...

20 December 2022

Last but not least: ending the year with another COP critical to nature

While the United Nations’ climate change negotiations (COP27) came to an end last month, this December was all about another Conference of the Parties: namely, global biodiversity negotiations known as CBD COP15. This was the occasion for world leaders to come together and agree upon a Post-20...

19 December 2022

Applications open to be the European Youth Capital 2026

While the European Year of Youth (2022) is coming to an end, cities seeking additional opportunities to support youth leadership are encouraged to apply to be the next European Youth Capital. This title is awarded to a European city to help them empower local young people, boost youth participa...

16 December 2022

Reflecting on a year of successes for the Urban7

Throughout the German G7 Presidency (2022), city leaders from across G7 nations – supported by networks like ICLEI – have been engaged in the ‘G7 Urban7 process’ (U7), participating in and advocating for continuous dialogue between G7 nations and their municipal actors. ...

13 December 2022

Cities: help shape the Berlin Urban Nature Pact

Global leaders are currently gathered in Montreal (Canada) for the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties, better known as CBD COP15. Over the next few days, nations hope to finalise and agree upon a global strategy to protect nature. This policy, known as the Po...

29 November 2022

ESCT is coming home: Aalborg to host 10th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns

ICLEI Member Aalborg (Denmark) will host the 10th edition of the European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns (ESCT), which will take place in the first week of October 2024. “We are proud to once more invite cities from across Europe to Aalborg to become part of a transformational mov...

12 November 2022

Decarbonisation Day at COP27: cities leverage partnerships to lead the way

In order to reach global climate goals, we must dramatically reduce carbon emissions. To this end, 11 November was officially designated Decarbonisation Day at COP27, and featured conversations on policies to encourage and accelerate decarbonisation, as well as showcases of technologies and innovati...

7 November 2022

Presenting the European Commission with concrete Farm to Fork strategy inspiration

At the European Week of Regions and Cities last month, ICLEI Europe and the Committee of the Regions formally handed the European Commission a manifesto and petition calling for the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy to ambitiously advance sustainable food transformation. Taken together, these are &l...

31 October 2022

Connect with ICLEI Europe at COP27

At COP26 in ICLEI Member Glasgow (or: the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties), we proved that the #Time4MultilevelAction had come. Now, we are demonstrating that #MultilevelActionDelivers at COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt). ICLEI is the official fo...