Urbanisation: from a challenge to an opportunity at “National Summit on Inclusive Urban Development

The Indian State of Gujarat – which has seen an unprecedented upsurge in economic growth and urbanization over the last few years – has consistently converted impending challenges into opportunities.  Vibrant Gujarat 2013: National Summit on Inclusive Urban Development, which was held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on 17 October 2013, showcased such success stories of people and cities that have treated urbanization as an opportunity for...



A promise to keep going on at DReAMS final conference

Around 50 participants, including representatives from Guntur Municipal Corporation, Rajshahi City Corporation from Bangladesh, Thimphu Thromde from Bhutan, from neighboring municipal corporations of Nellore, Kadappa, Tenali, Greater Hyderabad, Kurnool and officials and experts from ICLEI South Asia, attended the International Conference on Sustainable Environment Management for Poverty Alleviation organized by Guntur Municipal Corporation in...



Last chance to register for 6th EuroIndia Summit “Greening Cities”

Few days are left to register for the 6th EuroIndia Summit on “Greening Cities” to be held at Hyderabad on the 21-22nd October 2013, organized by EuroIndia in collaboration with the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and supported by the Indian Ministry of Urban Development. ICLEI is the Principal Supporter. The summit will focus on issues like smart and inclusive cities, waste...



Vibrant Gujarat 2013, 17 October 2013

Rapid urbanization brings with it many managerial and policy challenges like effective governance and planning, infrastructural availability, policies and sustainable development. Estimates indicate that by 2030, urbanization in India will reach to about 40%: provision for affordable housing and slum rehabilitation together with social inclusion, multi modal transport integration, land use and its efficiency are thus crucial areas to guarantee...



Nantes Declaration refuels hopes for local governments on climate change

With the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report painting a clear and worrying picture regarding man-made climate change, cities and regions came together at the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change from 27 – 28 September 2013 to affirm their commitment to scale up climate actions, urge engagement with the global level on climate change, and improve access to finance. The Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational...



Nantes World Mayors Summit on Climate Change opens

Today sees the start of the Nantes World Mayors Summit, a two-day event held under the patronage of French President Francois Hollande at which leaders will lend their support to a declaration calling for greater cooperation with all levels of government, and accelerated local level access to international financing frameworks to fund climate actions. Cities are best placed to mitigate the effects of climate change, and it is vital that they...



Mayors commit to humanizing urban EcoMobility in Suwon

Giving public spaces back to citizens and providing them with green, active and integrated ecomobile transport options are the main message drawn at the EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Congress, that attracted 500 participants from 40 countries representing 66 local governments.  Set in Suwon, South Korea, the congress opened the month-long EcoMobility World Festival – a unique real-time social experiment where citizens move away from cars and...


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