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17 December 2020

European Circular Cities Declaration introduced for all

The European Circular Cities Declaration, launched at the Mannheim2020 conference, enables local and regional governments to communicate their commitment to supporting the transition from a linear to a circular economy in Europe. A number of local governments have already become signatories to the d...

17 December 2020

European Committee of the Regions and ICLEI renew partnership in light of European Green Deal and global climate action

Today, ICLEI and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) renewed their long-standing cooperation by signing a permanent Memorandum of Understanding, along with an Action Plan for 2021-2022. Priority areas of cooperation include the European Green Deal, climate action and resilience, biodive...

16 December 2020

Natural remedies in uncertain times

The tumult of 2020 has left in its wake a need to rebuild and rethink solutions to bolster our wellbeing. With the confinement imbued by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an awakening to the importance of nature in our immediate surroundings. Access to nature in urban areas has become increasin...

15 December 2020

Public procurement for a responsible recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

Explore and share a new ‘Call to Action’, which outlines nine actions for the global public procurement community to leverage their purchasing power to respond to and recover responsibly from the COVID-19 pandemic. The One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement programme – ...

10 December 2020

Committee of the Regions calls for implementing the EU Green Deal with cities and regions

On Wednesday, 9 December, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) adopted an opinion on The impact of climate change on regions: an assessment of the European Green Deal upon referral by the European Council Presidency during its 141st plenary session. The opinion was supported and contributed t...

30 November 2020

Bristol launches ‘just sustainabilities’ programme

Later today, the Bristol Green Capital Partnership – alongside a local radio station in ICLEI Member Bristol (United Kingdom) called "Ujima Radio" – launch the new chapter of the "Black & Green Ambassadors Programme". This is a city-wide programme, which celebrates and empowers ...

27 November 2020

Entertain and engage with the Energy Transition Game

Turning the mundane into the interesting is a key aspect of public-sector initiatives that energise people, be it public employees or residents. Gamification can accomplish that! Games are fun — they are not always about winning or losing, but about engaging people in an idea and a process. Pl...

26 November 2020

Why new EU climate targets matter at the local level

On 10-11 December, Member States in the European Council will decide on new 2030 climate targets for the EU. The decision of whether to move to a minimum 55 percent greenhouse gas emission reduction target will send a strong message internationally about Europe’s commitment to become the first...

24 November 2020

ICLEI Members invited to engage with peers on driving forward sustainable urban development

On 3 December, the European Commission is, for the first time, opening its annual International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme City-to-City event to attendance from all interested persons. This event previously only brought together cities participating in the IUC programme – including a l...