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ICLEI e-News | issue 13, September 2008

A word from the Secretary General

Dear Reader,
Picture of Mr. Konrad Otto-Zimmermann
On September 23 we sadly celebrate “Overshoot Day” for the year 2008, according to data from Global Footprint Network (GFN). In their words: “Just like any company, nature has a budget – it can only produce so many resources and absorb so much waste each year. The problem is, our demand on nature’s services is exceeding what it can provide. Since the 1980s, humanity has been in ecological overshoot, using resources faster than they can be regenerated and putting carbon into the air faster than it can be reabsorbed.”

Since 1990, ICLEI has been motivating local governments to work with their communities on Local Agenda 21, an action plan towards local sustainability. The Ecological Footprint is an excellent tool to measure and become aware a community’s demand on global resources. We are indeed proud to be an official partner to the GFN.

Cooperation is essential for ICLEI, both among its Members and other organisations. In this issue of e-News local governments can, for example, learn how to join phase 2 of ‘Local Action for Biodiversity’ or attend the ‘Local Governments Climate Sessions’ at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland this December.

I invite you to read below about how the World Wildlife Fund India (WWF) is partnering with ICLEI’s South Asia Secretariat. Together, these two organizations will jointly explore and undertake projects on urbanization and sustainability in the transition to a low carbon economy. The entire organization looks with interest to the results of this partnership.

I am on my way to the City of Tianjin (China) for the World Economic Forum (WEF) Slim City Meeting (26 September) and New Champions meeting (27 and 28 September). The SlimCity (meaning ‘resource-efficient city’) initiative is the response by WEF to the request by business leaders to engage with city leaders. In Tianjin, SlimCity will orchestrate a series of urban sessions. Apart from cities, this meeting will bring together the emerging multinational companies that have the potential to reshape the global economic landscape. I will explore how ICLEI members – a most thriving group of innovators - can most effectively engage with companies as solution providers.

Best wishes,

Signature Mr. Otto-Zimmermann

Konrad Otto-Zimmermann

General News
Global Footprint Network

23 September 2008: take action to end Earth Overshoot
September 23, 2008
On September 23, humanity will have used up all the resources nature will provide this year, according to data from Global Footprint Network, a research organization that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. [more]
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ICLEI invites local governments to the next phase of 'Local Action for Biodiversity' Initiative
September 16, 2008
Since 2006, 21 local governments from fifteen countries pioneered the urban biodiversity project ‘Local Action for Biodiversity’ (LAB) by ICLEI. Phase 1 participants are now inviting peers to grow their ranks. [more]
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ICLEI Members Amongst the Most Sustainable Cities
September 12, 2008
13 ICLEI members have recently been identified as “The Cities of the (Sustainable) Future”, with 6 of them leading the way toward becoming global sustainable centres by 2020. [more]
IDRC conference 2008

ICLEI joined IDRC Davos 2008
September 10, 2008
ICLEI participated in the International Disaster and Risk Conference in Davos, Switzerland, with its theme “Public-private partnership – Key for integral risk management and climate change adaptation”. [more]
ICLEI Roadmap

Local Government mobilizing towards a post-2012 climate agreement
August 25, 2008
A new movement working towards a recognised role for Local Governments in the post-2012 Climate Framework has started, cities are pressing forward with the new Local Government Climate Roadmap [more]

Publications and Resources

ICLEI Brochure available in Chinese (Mandarin)
September 23, 2008
This document presents ICLEI's mission, network and programs. [more]
Participants at the Mayors Conference

“Cities & Biodiversity Case Series” extended
September 05, 2008
A further eight case studies from cities and towns participating in the Local Action for Biodiversity have been completed. They show how cities and towns take action in managing their biodiversity and its threats. [more]
ICLEI Oceania Bulletin

ICLEI Oceania Bulletin for August & September 2008
September 05, 2008
The Bulletin provides an update on campaign and program status, as well as general points of interest, valuable resources and upcoming events from the Oceania Secretariat. [more]
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New support materials on local Integrated Water Resources Management
August 29, 2008
ICLEI Africa Secretariat has launched a set of guidance materials entitled ‘Local Government and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)’. [more]

Member News
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Job Postings
Manager, Cities GHG Center
September 12, 2008
Application Deadline 10 October 2008 [more]
Director, Business Relations
September 09, 2008
Application Deadline 07 October 2008 [more]
Global Administrator (Membership, Governance, Operations)
September 09, 2008
Application Deadline 30 September 2008  [more]
Climate Advocacy Officer / Secretary, World Mayors Council on Climate Change
September 09, 2008
Application Deadline 10 October 2008  [more]
EcoMobility - Advocacy and Public Relations Officer
September 09, 2008
Application Deadline 30 September 2008 [more]
EcoMobility - Internship
September 09, 2008
Application Deadline 30 September 2008 [more]

Upcoming Events
Freiburg

Climate Change as a Security Threat
September 26, 2008
The German Federal Foreign Office is organizing an international conference titled "Climate Change as a Security Threat – Strategies for Policy-Makers, Science and Business" to be held in Freiburg, Germany, from 5 -7 November 2008. [more]
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Global Energy Basel offers case studies
September 25, 2008
Representatives from the public and private sector meet to discuss successful projects for sustainable energy supply at Global Energy Basel (12 to 14 November 2008) [more]
Poznan

Local Governments will meet at the next UN Climate Conference
September 24, 2008
The Local Government Climate Sessions will take place at the next UNFCCC Climate Conference from 9 to 11 December 2008 in Poznan (Poland). The event is prepared by the Polish Association of Cities in cooperation with ICLEI and other global local government networks. [more]

EcoProcura Conference 2009: Call for Contributions
September 23, 2008
The EcoProcura 2009 conference “Climate Neutral through Procurement”, which will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 25-27 March 2008, is now welcoming contribution proposals. [more]
ICLEI World Congress

ICLEI World Congress, 14 to 18 June 2009
September 22, 2008
The program will showcase the vast work of ICLEI members on advancing sustainability. Global strategists will share their vision on the opportunities and challenges for local governments in the coming decade. [more]

5th Urban Research Symposium
September 20, 2008
The Urban Research Symposium will take place on 28 to 30 June 2009. It is sponsored by the World Bank and supported by ICLEI. A call for papers is open until 30 September 2008.  [more]

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