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7 June 2023

Round-up of direct or financial support opportunities cities can apply to this month

ICLEI Europe actively supports various EU-funded projects and initiatives that foster sustainability and empower cities in their transitions towards a more sustainable future. Many of these currently have calls open for cities and regions to apply for funding, support, and expertise of various sorts...

30 May 2023

Twinning-up to reach climate neutrality

As cities navigate the journey to climate neutrality, it can help to have a partner – or even a “twin.” That is why a new Twinning Programme will pair ‘Twin Cities’ and ‘Pilot Cities’ based on shared challenges, opportunities, and emissions domains. All cit...

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...

30 November 2022

#MultilevelActionDelivers at COP27

Would you prefer to listen to this article? No problem! Check out our new series called “Features”, in which we read each month’s lead article aloud and share those in our podcast feed. Click here to listen. This month, governments from around the world convened in Sharm el-Sheikh...

28 April 2022

44 ICLEI Cities selected for the EU Mission for climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030

Today, the cities selected for the EU Mission for climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030, also known as the Cities Mission, have been announced. 112 cities in total will represent all 27 EU member states, along with 12 additional cities from associated countries. Of those selected, 44 cities are I...

21 March 2022

A circular transition towards climate neutrality: identifying cities’ needs and challenges

Circular economy and climate neutrality are at the heart of a city's sustainable transformation. What obstacles do cities face in transitioning from a linear to a circular economy, and moving towards Climate Neutrality? Which drivers and opportunities could help them to unlock their transformation p...

28 February 2022

Multi-level cooperation is the only way to reach climate neutrality

Time and time again, we have seen resounding calls from local governments demanding multi-level climate change action. From the Mannheim Message (2020) to COP26 (2021), local leaders have consistently called on higher governing levels to meaningfully bring local leaders to their decision-making tabl...

12 November 2021

NetZeroCities: ICLEI partners up for climate-neutral cities

ICLEI is part of a partnership of 33 organisations providing support to cities that want to become climate-neutral by 2030. The NetZeroCities project began this October as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme in support of the European Union’s Green Deal. NetZeroCities wi...