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19 October 2020

Biodiversity as the backbone of nature-based solutions

Is biodiversity a necessity in nature-based urban interventions, or only a nice-to-have? The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services leaves no doubts regarding the severity of the biodiversity crisis: approximately 25 percent of species in Europe and Central Asia are a...

15 October 2020

130 European Mayors commit to green, smart and inclusive recovery at the Intelligent Cities Challenge’s Mayors’ Summit

Wednesday 14 October 2020 marked a milestone in European cities’ political commitment to build greener, digital, and more resilient economies. The Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC)’s Mayors Summit, co-organised by ICLEI, brought together the mayors of the 130 ICC cities to exchange vie...

14 October 2020

ICLEI backs call encouraging EU leaders to agree on the most ambitious 2030 climate target

Ahead of the European Council’s discussion on the ambition level of the new 2030 climate target, ICLEI, alongside a unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities and NGOs published a joint letter calling on the EU leaders to agree on the most ambitious target ...

14 October 2020

Last chance to register to attend Green City Accord launch event

The Green City Accord, a new movement of Mayors for the environment initiated by the European Commission, is ready to be launched during a high-level event at the European Week of Regions and Cities, taking place on 22 October 2020 from 11:30 to 13:00. Registration to attend the launch event closes ...

14 October 2020

European Committee of the Regions calls for delivering Green Deal locally to support recovery and endorses Mannheim Message

Members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) came together for their 140th plenary meeting on 12-14 Oct 2020 to take the next steps to localise the EU Green Deal and kick-start a sustainable and just transition, building on the momentum set earlier this month during ICLEI’s Mannheim ...

13 October 2020

Lappeenranta wins 2021 European Green Leaf award

The 2021 European Green Leaf Award has been awarded to both ICLEI Member Lappeenranta (Finland) and Gabrovo (Bulgaria), while the 2022 European Green Capital Award has gone to the City of Grenoble (France). Lappeenranta was recognised for its commitment to developing into a model green city and ran...

13 October 2020

Application deadline for cultural heritage startup competition extended to 6 November

Startups working in cultural heritage are invited to apply to receive access to a mentoring and acceleration programme – valued at €15,000 – to enhance the readiness of their business ideas, including fine-tuning their models, drawing up their business plans, and scouting investors....

12 October 2020

Daring cities to explore the power of public procurement

Daring Cities 2020, the world’s first and largest online gathering on climate change for urban leaders, takes place this month from 7-28 October. With a programme made up of high level and visionary speaking sessions, a series of informative workshops, resources like an email bootcamp and pod...

12 October 2020

Haarlem, Koprivnica, BIG and KampC win the Procura+ Awards 2020

ICLEI Member Haarlem (The Netherlands) joined one other municipality and two public agencies as the winners of this year's edition of the prestigious Procura+ sustainable procurement awards. The City of Haarlem won in the category “Procurement Initiative of the Year”; while the Belgian ...