On this sombre occasion our thoughts go out to our South African colleagues and all across this continent who have been touched by the life of Nelson Mandela's selfless work. He was and will be an inspiration for all for many a year to come.
Two prominent ICLEI Africa City Members make Rockefeller Foundation’s list!
On 3 December 2013 two ICLEI members from the Africa region: Durban, South Africa and Dakar, Senegal were nominated in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge for the pioneering work they are undertaking in both environmental sustainability and resilience! More.
Warsaw lays down the path for engaging local and subnational governments in Paris 2015 outcomes
At the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP19/CMP9), countries have decided to advance the engagement of local governments in the global climate regime. More.
Greenhouse gas inventories infographics for Urban-LEDS cities now available.
Two of the Urban-LEDS cities, KwaDukuza Municipality and Steve Tshwete Local Municipality have now completed their greenhouse gas inventory's giving them a solid baseline with which to make decisions about electricity planning and priority areas going forward for their low-emission development action plan. Download the infographics here!
Moving towards communities of practice for a more resilient world: An example from South Africa
ICLEI - Africa attended the first South Africa Adaptation Colloquium this week, held by the African Climate and Development Initiative (University of Cape Town), along with local partners. More.
People of KwaDukuza vision a low emission future for their Municipality
Last week, workshop participants from KwaDukuza Municipality mapped out four possible low-emission development futures for the area. The first of two exciting scenario planning exercises was designed to bring local people together around a common vision for sustainable, low-emission growth and prosperity in the region. More.
ICLEI Mayors discuss with Ban Ki-Moon and ministers multi-level climate actions and support
Emphasizing the shared responsibility of all levels of governments in tackling climate change, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon turned to cities and local governments as ultimate implementers of climate action. More.
Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013 Congress Highlights Report now available!
The ICLEI Africa Secretariat and Dar es Salaam City Council are pleased to share the Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress 2013 (LOCS 2013) Outcomes Report. Download it here!
Sustainable Urban Resilience Water for Africa: developing Local Climate Solutions for Africa
Bulawayo Metropolitan is one of a few project cities also referred to as Implementing Local Authority (ILA) in the SURE Water project. In his opening remarks on Day 1, Mayor of Bulawayo, Cllr M.K. Moyo welcomed the timely intervention and great opportunity for the metropolitan to take part in the SURe Water project. More.
Today is International World Toilet Day!
World Toilet Day is a UN recognized event, observed annually on 19 November. This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. More.
ICLEI Africa November 2013 Newsletter out now!
Reflecting back on the last quarter of 2013 it is clear to see it has been a busy and very successful period in the history of ICLEI Africa! Download the newsletter here.
Over 400 cities report more than 4000 climate tackling actions
Cities and towns of diverse sizes and economic standings are registering more climate commitments, actions and performance – and are generally more ambitious than their national governments. More.
South African entries to the Earth Hour City Challenge celebrated
Four of the six participating South African metro’s in the international Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) celebrated their successful submissions to the competition during a session at the Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress on 30 October 2013. More.
Leading cities network ICLEI spurs dialogues to scale up local action in Warsaw
At the upcoming UN Warsaw Climate Conference (COP19/CMP9), cities will be at the heart of climate negotiations, rather than at the periphery - a direct and positive result of years of advocacy of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. More.
Momentous DAC signing ceremony by 120 African leaders
On the 31 November, 2013, a momentous signing ceremony for the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) for Local Governments took place at the Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress (LOCS 2013) held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. More.
Ecological Infrastructure and Water Security Dialogue
This half-day event in the Durban area is organised by the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) Grasslands Programme. It will provide a cross-disciplinary forum for government, municipal managers, engineers, non-governmental organisations and business chambers to discuss the role of ecological infrastructure in South Africa’s water agenda. More.
This Newsletter reports on a three day innovative workshop held in June 2013, which brought together urban practitioners and policy makers from five southern Africa cities (eThekwini and Tshwane in South Africa; Mutare in Zimbabwe, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and Gaborone in Botswana) and thought leaders – Dr John Colvin and Myles Mander. More.
Cape Town picks up two awards for implementation of EPWP
The City of Cape Town, South Africa has picked up two of the three awards available for its implimentation fo theExpanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). More.
ICLEI endorses ASAP working group
ICLEI is very pleased to endorse the report of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity (ASAP) working group: “The need for a fair and sustainable development paradigm in an urban world”. More»
ICLEI Africa Membership Profiling
ICLEI Africa is pleased to announce Membership Profiling, our latest service to ICLEI members in Africa. Your member profile is your opportunity to showcase your municipality's innovative sustainability strategies, and we encourage all members to share their stories. More»
Application Deadline: 30 November 2013
Location: ICLEI Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
The 1st of November saw the closing of the second Local Climate Solutions (LOCS) for Africa Congress in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with delegates adopting the Dar es Salaam Communiqué by African Mayors and Subnational Leaders. Representatives proved their commitment to local climate action by signing the Mexico City pact and Durban Adaptation Charter. The event which was convened by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Dar es Salaam saw over 400 delegates from 25 countries join to discuss local climate solutions and challenges to create a more sustainable continent. A full report will be made available next week. For more information on this event visit the official LOCS 2013 site here.
The City of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, is a long-term ICLEI member and an active participant in ICLEI projects and initiatives. This important regional centre faces a range of sustainable development challenges – many related to the nationwide economic situation. However the city has shown remarkable resilience in the face of such challenges, as well as a strong will to work towards achieving sustainable development. More.
View past members of the month here.
We warmly welcome Matsapha Town Council, Matsapha, Swaziland, as ICLEI Africa's newest member!
Previous new members:
Ban Ki moon at ICLEI's Global Town Hall during Rio+20. More»
Development and Mitigation Forum 2014
Cape Town, South Africa
27 – 29 January 2014
C40 Mayors Summit
Johannesburg, South Africa
4 - 6 February, 2013
Africa Energy Indaba 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa
18 – 20 February, 2014
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The ICLEI Africa Secretariat in Cape Town, South Africa, houses the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Centre, ICLEI’s global biodiversity ‘hub’. The Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) Pioneer Project, which is a global urban biodiversity programme, is the Cities Biodiversity Centre’s flagship programme. Piloted in 2006, the initiative was developed and carried out with a select group of 21 local and regional authorities from around the world with the overarching aim of improving biodiversity management at the local level. The project forms the first step in the broader ICLEI Biodiversity Initiative and has since expanded and given rise to a number of ICLEI biodiversity initiatives and projects being run by the Cities Biodiversity Centre. Visit the Cities Biodiversity Centre website for more: www.iclei.org/biodiversity
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