Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 – Identifying solutions for a more resilient Asia-Pacific

With a rise in natural disasters such as super storms, storm surges, landslides and floods, we are regularly reminded of the need to make our cities safer and stronger. The UN human settlements programme estimates that nearly 70 per cent of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050, with most of the growth expected to take place in Asia-Pacific. The region will be affected by rising temperatures, water security, sea-level rises,...



Lima united countries for climate action, Paris must bring all actors on board

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability welcomes the outcomes of the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference (COP20/CMP10), specifically the Lima Call for Climate Action, but encourages all countries to urgently mobilize enabling frameworks and resources to tap into the ambitious commitments of local and subnational governments.  The Lima Call for Climate Action elaborates the elements of the new climate regime to be...



Better Air Quality Conference 2014

Recognizing that clean air and sustainable transport are essential to a livable society in Asia, the "Integrated Conference of BAQ (Better Air Quality) 2014 and Intergovernmental 8th Regional EST Forum in Asia" will be taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 19-21 November 2014. The event will be co-organized by the Ministry of Transport of Sri Lanka, The Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy of Sri Lanka, Ministry of the...



Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 – A platform for local governments to move towards urban resilience

Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015The 1st Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation11-13 February 2015 | Bangkok, Thailand By 2050, the global urban population is expected to increase by 2.5–3 billion compared to 2009 figures, corresponding to 64–69% of the world population. Urban areas are a key driver of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across multiple sectors and currently account for over 70% of global energy use. Rising sea...



2014 Biodiversity Summit spurs the integration of biodiversity into all levels of government

14 October, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea- The knowledge-packed Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments held in parallel with the CBD COP 12 on 12-14 October in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province concluded today, inspiring greater cooperation among all levels of government and furthering the work on promoting biodiversity for sustainability. Organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Secretariat of the...



Cities and Subnational Government collaborate for biodiversity

The 2014 Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments will cement unparalleled cooperation among all levels of government to collectively safeguard urban biodiversity and support the Sustainable Development Goals on cities and biodiversity. 12 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea – The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments is set to make huge strides towards safeguarding urban biodiversity by...



COP 12 strengthens links between biodiversity and sustainable development

The Twelfth Meeting on the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) is currently underway in Pyeongchang (South Korea). Running until 17 October, the main theme of COP 12 is to raise the international profile of the essential role of biodiversity in maintaining global ecosystems and its contribution to sustainable development. ICLEI will be joining some 20,000 participants, including delegates from...


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