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Towards cleaner and healthier cities - Accelerating city to city exchange on sustainable sanitation (copy 1)
ICLEI - South Asia along with Ecosan Services Foundation (ESF), Pune are inviting you to the Conference “Towards Cleaner and Healthier Cities - Accelerating City to City Exchange on Sustainable Sanitation” taking place in New Delhi on 7 and 8 May 2013. The conference - closing event of the project “ACCESSanitation” - is of special relevance to local government officials who are interested in developing city sanitation plans.

The overall objective of the conference is to provide a platform for local governments, practitioners and funding agencies to learn from each other and exchange their experiences in sustainable urban sanitation. The event is also for sharing the outcomes of the project ACCESSanitation which has been implemented with support from EuropeAid of the European Commission and the Indian Ministry of Urban Development in ten cities in India and the Philippines. Apart from ICLEI South Asia and ESF, implementing partners are Xavier University in the Philippines and the ICLEI regional secretariats in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Should you be interested in participating in the conference, please write to soumya.chaturvedula@iclei.org.

For more general information on the conference or the project ACCESSanitation, please visit www.accessanitation.org or contact accessanitation@iclei.org.
ICLEI welcomes new Secretary General – Gino Van Begin
Gino Van Begin succeeds Konrad Otto-Zimmermann as ICLEI Secretary General from 1 January 2013. Gino served as ICLEI Regional Director for Europe since 2002 and Deputy Secretary General since 2007, he brings to his position a wealth of experience in coordinating and leading international institutions and organizations across different aspects of sustainable urban development.

“Gino is an excellent choice for this role,” said Konrad, who bows out after 20 years of service. He added, “The Global Executive Committee and our team of staff can rely on his leadership and dedication. He has led the most international of our regional secretariats in terms of nationalities represented, languages spoken and working relationships with other regions for more than ten years and assisted me in global affairs as our Deputy Secretary General.”

From 2003-2006, Gino was a member of the EU Expert Group to the European Commission on the Urban Environment, and is a member of the European Commission’s Jury on the European Green Capital.

Before joining ICLEI in 2000, Gino worked as advisor and as Team Leader at the EU-funded Environmental Centres for Administration and Technology in Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg, Russia for seven years.

From 1987 to 1993, he was a legal advisor at the European Commission’s DG Environment, General Secretariat and DG External relations. He also worked at the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the Government of Flanders and Minister of Economy, Small Business and Energy.

Gino has consistently and comprehensively worked over the last 12 years towards ensuring ICLEI’s quality as a responsible, professional, non for profit, local government organization in Europe. He has been ICLEI’s Chief Negotiator on local climate actions and was instrumental in organizing various major events, such as the European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conferences which have grown to become the major sustainability rendezvous for local governments in Europe.

Gino’s vision is to extend this excellent leadership to the ICLEI World Secretariat on a global level. He says, “ICLEI with its multi-facets and various functions, as developed by our two former Secretary Generals, is set to play important roles at all levels. As the Secretary General, I will be thrilled to contribute my energy, intellectual capacities, diplomacy and perseverance to take this mission-driven organization to the next stages of ambition.”

Trained as a lawyer from the University of Brussels, Gino speaks Dutch, French, English, German and Russian.

Source: www.iclei.org
Local governments @ COP18
Former San Fernando La Union Mayor Mary Jane Ortega elected as ICLEI Vice President
ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat is proud to announce that Mary Jane Ortega was elected as one of three ICLEI Vice Presidents during the Global Executive  Committee (GexCom) meeting held in Seoul, Korea last October 18, 2012.

The Global Executive Committee elected its future leadership for the 2012-2015 term during this meeting. Incumbent ICLEI President David Cadman was unanimously re-elected for a third term. Mexico City’s Minister of Environment Martha Delgado Peralta was re-elected as First Vice President, while eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality (Durban) Mayor James Nxumalo and CityNet Secretary General Mary Jane Ortega were elected as Vice Presidents.

As Vice President, Mary Jane Ortega will support President Cadman in representing ICLEI and its work globally.

Mary Jane Ortega served as the Mayor of San Fernando, La Union Philippines for three terms (1998-2007) and has received numerous awards during her period in office.  Concurrently, she is also serving as a member of the Regional Executive Committee for ICLEI Southeast Asia and representative to the  GexCom. She currently holds the thematic portfolio for ADB.  Mary Jane Ortega is also a member of the World Mayor’s Council on Climate Change, and currently Secretary General of CityNet, an international organization of more than 100 member cities and local governments committed to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements.
ICLEI World Congress 2012, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 14 - 18 June 2012
Held every 3 years, the world congress gathers local government and world leaders to take up the charge to sustainability. The event will take place just days before the Rio+20 Conference in neighboring Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, marking two decades since the adoption of Agenda 21.

More information available at http://worldcongress2012.iclei.org/
Global Climate Community releases city-scale emissions accounting standard for public comment
ICLEI and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have released a draft edition of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions to help cities measure and report GHG emissions using a more consistent protocol. We invite public comments on the draft until 20 April. Read more...
ICLEI, UN-HABITAT and European Comission join forces to promote lower-emission city growth
UN-Habitat and the European Commission (EC) have signed an agreement to begin a new project that encourages cities to lower their emissions as they grow. ICLEI is the main implementing partner. Read more...
ICLEI’s Local Action Counter records cities working towards sustainability
June 09, 2011
With one year to go to Rio+20 ICLEI has launched an online counter, where individuals can declare their city is working for sustainable development. This global initiative seeks to publicize the vast number of cities already taking action, to show world leaders that cities are key to getting our planet back on track and building a just, sustainable and secure future for all.

ICLEI aims to mobilize citizens across the world to promote and recognize their city’s work by simply entering their details in the counter. When populated, the counter will be one way of reflecting the progress of the Local Agenda 21 movement and provide an inspiring reminder that each small step taken at the local level adds up to something extraordinary globally.

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, will take place from 4 – 6 June 2012 and marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Earth Summit, a milestone in the global sustainability process and the birthplace of the Local Agenda 21 movement. With the Local Agenda 21 movement now almost 20 years old, the event will evaluate what local sustainability has achieved.
See the ICLEI Rio+20 page for more information and three ICLEI Briefing Sheets on Rio+20, and the conferences two theme's the Green Economy and Global Environmental Governance.
Check which cities have already been added and add your city to the counter.
Launched! ICLEI white paper 'Financing the Resilient City'
June 05, 2011
The ICLEI white paper on 'Financing the Resilient City' has just been launched at the Resilient Cities 2011 world congress in Bonn, Germany.

For further information please email iclei-sea@iclei.org.

Global Standard on Cities Greenhouse Gas Emissions - C40 & ICLEI MoU
June 02, 2011
C40 and ICLEI to establish Global Standard on Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Cities. This standard approach for accounting and reporting greenhouse gas emissions will boost cities ability to access funding and implement actions. [more]
[Press Release] Resilient Cities 2011
Future cities need to be resilient
BONN/GERMANY - Over the next 40 years we will have to build the same urban capacity again that was built over the last 4000 years. On top of this, 80 percent of the expected US$80-100 billion per year in climate change adaptation costs are to be borne by urban areas. Now is the time to make sure that the cities of the future will be resource-efficient and resilient.
To provide a global platform for cities on resilience and adaptation to climate change, ICLEI, together with the City of Bonn and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, is staging the Resilient Cities 2011 world congress in Bonn, Germany, on 3-5 June. The patron of the congress is UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director Joan Clos, who points out that “preparing for the impacts of climate change on the world’s cities is a major challenge of the 21st century”. Read more...
Local governments underline their role in sustainable development at UNCSD19
ICLEI delivers the opening statement on behalf of the Local Authority Major Group to UNCSD19. Photo © UN

At this 19th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, member states were not able to reach consensus, so no decision could be adopted.

One of the most anticipated outcomes of the session had been the adoption of the 10-year Framework of Programs for Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP for SCP), a framework seeking to support countries, cities and other actors to move towards sustainable consumption and production.

The Local Authority Major Group has made its priorities clear in its Opening Statement delivered Monday 2 May.

Speaking on behalf of the local authorities, ICLEI stressed the role of cities in implementing CSD's themes such as sustainable transport and waste management, while also highlighting the purchasing power of cities in executing sustainable procurement programs.

This is the final CSD session before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as “Rio+20”, to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 4-6 June 2012.

All eyes are now turned to the preparatory process towards Rio+20, where ICLEI will again take on its task as the local authority major group organizing partner.

ICLEI has produced a Briefing Sheet to provide further information on the Rio+20 issues and processes. 


About UN CSD and ICLEI

The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Rio Earth Summit.

The Commission is responsible for reviewing progress in the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; as well as providing policy guidance to follow up the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) at the local, national, regional and international levels.

ICLEI, in its role as a local authority major group organizing partner, brings in the local governments’ voice to the deliberations and negotiations on policy, practical measures and the way forward.

ICLEI Secretary General appointed chair of World Economic Forum's Council on Urbanization
Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), has appointed Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, Secretary General of ICLEI, to serve as Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Urbanization 2010. Read more...
ICLEI a new member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature
ICLEI adopted as new member of the oldest and largest international environmental organization. Read more...
World Congress and Annual Report 2008-2009 Now Available!
Click here to read Rapid Action - Rapid Solution - Connecting Leaders, ICLEI's World Congress and Annual Report 2008 - 2009.  The report highlights key outcomes from the 2009 World Congress in Edmonton and also key accomplishments from 2008 and 2009. 

ICLEI to host special World Congress in Incheon
ICLEI will celebrate the organisation’s 20th anniversary at a special World Congress in ICLEI member city Incheon (South Korea), in October 2010.  [Photo: Mayor Ahn Sang-soo of Incheon City and ICLEI Secretary General Konrad Otto-Zimmermann after signing the hosting agreement for the Incheon 2010 - Future of Cities World Congress.]  Read more...
ICLEI's World Secretariat Now Based in Bonn, Germany
The seat of the ICLEI world association is now in Bonn, Germany. [Read more...]
ICLEI Observer Organization of IPCC
At its 31st session in Bali on 26-29 October 2009, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has accepted ICLEI as an official Observer Organization.  Read more...
ICLEI Joins the UNEP-led Climate Neutral Network for a Low-Carbon Future
In keeping with its advocacy for a stronger role for cities in the future international climate region, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability joins forces with the UNEP-led Climate Neutral Network to help promote a global transition to low carbon economies and societies.
“As the largest global network of local governments dedicated to sustainable development, ICLEI is pleased to partner with UNEP on the Climate Neutral Cities component of the Climate Neutral Network. We are proud to share our 18-year experience in local climate action planning and to motivate our member cities to go down the path towards climate neutrality,” said Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, ICLEI Secretary General
Source: www.iclei.org
The Partnership for Urban Risk Reduction
Press Release April 2008

The Partnership for Urban Risk Reduction (PURR), an ad-hoc coalition composed of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI), Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), Metropolis and CITYNET, has been set up to develop a risk reduction policy. Among its first action, the PURR is launching a project “Local Action for Disaster Risk Reduction” that raise awareness, build competency and support local action for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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