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Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Cities
ICLEI responds to global climate change challenge via its Low Carbon City Agenda and Resilient City Agenda that enable Member Cities benefit from cutting-edge technical support tools, broad networking opportunities, leadership of global initiatives and active contribution to global advocacy.

-        Technical Support:
GreenClimateCities is a new brand of ICLEI´s programmatic work, replacing Cities for Climate Protection Campaign and positioning local climate mitigation within the scope of a more broader concept of a low emission urban development. HEAT+ is ICLEI´s globally accesible online accounting and reporting tool  that has been re-engineered to comply with the growing understanding of local GHG emissions. Some other local tools are also available. ICLEI leads the development of Global Protocol for Community Scale GHG Emissions (GPC) with C40 and WRI that mainly builds upon ICLEI´s initial International Local Government GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol. National supplements, starting with US and India are being developed as well.

ICLEI develops projects and partnerships in order to implement all these activities and to build the necessary capacity among our members. Implemented with UNHABITAT through the support mobilized by European Commission, URBAN-LEDS is the most recent global project. The project aims to promote low emission urban development strategies in model and satellite cities in Brasil, India, Indonesia and S. Africa. Another proposal that aims to foster dialogue between US and European cities is pending for approval.

ICLEI´s Resilient City work started with the establishment of the Resilient Communities program in 2002 after the Johannesburg Summit. Since then ICLEI understood the crucial importance of linking climate change with disaster risk reduction. ICLEI regions started in the early 2000s developed projects and programs in the field of climate change adaptation providing communities with toolkits and guides but also with trainings. These different efforts have been recently harmonized to develop an ICLEI common methodology.

-    Networking
Resilient Cities Congress annual forum on urban resilience and climate change adaptation takes place in Bonn, Germany, preceding the mid year UN Climate Talks and bringing together technical experts, both researchers and practitioners in this field. The Resilient Cities platform was empowered in 2010 and 2011 with a political component, the Mayors Adaptation Forum, staged by the World Mayors Council on Climate Change. The year-round debate and exchange have been strengthened with solid cooperation with international partners such as Global Energy Basel, supporting development of bankable projects focusing on local climate mitigation and adaptation.

- Global Local Government Processes
In collaboration with the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, a number of global initiatives to promote local climate action have been undertaken. These initiatives, namely the Global Cities Covenant on Climate – the Mexico City Pact, the Durban Adaptation Charter, carbonn Cities Climate Registry are closely linked where ICLEI plays a leadership role but are open to all local governments.

- Global Advocacy for Local Climate Action
Since 1995, ICLEI acts as the Focal Point of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities constituency to the UNFCCC, as the voice of local governments in the global climate negotiations.  The Local Government Climate Roadmap, bringing together all relevant local government networks and led by ICLEI since 2007, aims to advocate the UNFCCC and other relevant fora for recognition, engagement and empowerment of local governments in a strong, global climate regime.