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25 June 2020

Encouraging sustainable mobility in Antwerp post-COVID-19

The global COVID-19 crisis has led to new challenges in the field of mobility. What will mobility look like in this new “social-distance society”? ICLEI Member Antwerp (Belgium) is being proactive. They are working to prevent mobility in the city from tilting back in favour of private c...

24 June 2020

What is the new normal? Challenges and opportunities beyond COVID-19

A reflection from Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI. Now, as we seem to have moved beyond the peak of the first large coronavirus/COVID-19 wave in Europe and the dramatic death toll is decreasing, people and economic stakeholders are beginning to push for a fast reduction o...

24 June 2020

Alba Iulia works on building a circular economy for plastics

ICLEI Member Alba Iulia (Romania), known as the birthplace of the modern Romanian state, is lauching a new initiative on 1 July focused on plastic packaging collection, waste transport with optical sorting technologies, and the production of added-value products made out of recycled polymers. This ...

19 June 2020

New best practice report on socially responsible public procurement provides inspiration for public buyers

The European Commission has published a report, which collects 71 good practice cases on how public buyers have implemented socially responsible public procurement (SRPP), in order to promote employment opportunities, decent work, social inclusion, accessibility, ethical trade, design for all and se...

10 June 2020

UrbanByNature programme extends to new global regions

The capacity-builing UrbanByNature programme has been successfully bringing together European and Brazilian urban nature practitioners over the past year. This July, the programme will begin its new phase, which extends its reach to the Caucasus region. A series of upcoming webinars will discuss th...

8 June 2020

Citizen Finance for Municipalities: lessons learned from the UK

How can municipalities play their vital role in the energy transition and meet Net Zero targets? How might they apply the principles of crowdfunding to finance projects that will make society more sustainable and resilient in the future? Against a background of borrowing prudence and austerity, mun...

5 June 2020

World Environment Day: how to communicate the climate crisis to mobilise change

Today, 5 June is World Environment Day – a United Nation's day to inspire action for the protection of nature. The world is facing major environmental, economic and social challenges that require a substantial transformation in all aspects of society. A critical step to inspire the transforma...

27 May 2020

AI suppliers, climate change experts and cities invited to open market consultation

Every purchase made has an impact. It is, therefore, no surprise that sustainable procurement has become a key tool for cities looking to strengthen their urban sustainability. But, what if cities are searching for solutions that aren't yet on the market? What if cities want to "purchase innovation"...

22 May 2020

Celebrating the biodiverse cities of the future this International Day for Biological Diversity

Today, 22 May 2020, we celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity. For the year 2020, the day’s theme is ‘Our solutions are in nature’. This theme includes recognising the role of nature and biodiversity to address environmental and social challenges, and emphasises the n...