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ICLEI e-News | issue 19, April 2009

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A word from the Secretary General

Dear Members and Partners,

AS you may know, the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. This December, in Copenhagen, the world is coming together to agree to the next global climate agreement. ICLEI’s work in 2009 is guided by this crucial event.

Our vision is to encourage national governments to look at partnerships with local governments when discussing a new climate agreement. In 2007, we named this process the ‘Local Government Climate Roadmap’. In an unprecedented global effort, we implemented the Roadmap with other associations of cities such as the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolis, C40 and the World Mayor Council on Climate Change.

With a new “Cities Climate Center” in Bonn, ICLEI is now present at all the negotiations on climate change. Globally, our experts will be at the C40 Summit in Seoul, the Carbon Expo in Barcelona, ProVention Forum Istanbul, particularly at the Local Government Climate Change Leadership Summit in Copenhagen.  

Trusted since the 1990s as a voice for local governments, ICLEI consults on future climate initiatives with the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Human Settlement Program and the World Bank. Our discussions are focused on climate mitigation including carbon market, and adaptation.

Beyond climate, our work includes water, biodiversity and other programs. Enjoy this edition of ICLEI e-News and consider learning from the experts themselves our tri-annual ICLEI World Congress in Edmonton from 14 to 18 June 2009. À propos: have you already registered? Online registration is still open at www.iclei.org/worldcongress2009/registration.

See you in Edmonton!

Konrad Otto-Zimmermann.

Signature Mr. Otto-Zimmermann

Konrad Otto-Zimmermann

General News

Cities in talks with National Governments for post-2012 Climate Agreement
May 12, 2009
Since December 2008 and again in April 2009, ICLEI has been advocating directly to the national delegations for official recognition of successful local climate action worldwide. Local and regional governments are requesting that their national governments look to local experiences when discussing a... [more]

ICLEI Members: Make Sure Your Vote Counts in Edmonton
May 07, 2009
ICLEI Members unable to attend the World Congress can make their vote count in the Council Meeting by assigning a proxy to another Member using our online platform.  [more]

Video on Local Government Climate Roadmap
May 04, 2009
Gino Van Begin, Regional Director of ICLEI European Secretariat answers several questions about the Climate Roadmap and explains how cities can unite to combat climate change and be a part of the negotiations at COP 15 in Copenhagen (Denmark), in December. [more]

ICLEI's strong ties to UNEP continue
April 29, 2009
ICLEI and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are implementing joint projects under a cooperation agreement: Local Action for Biodiversity, Local Government Climate Sessions and the Global Alliance for EcoMobility. [more]

Member News
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Upcoming Events

Copenhagen Hosts Climate Change Summit
May 13, 2009
ICLEI and the Local Government Demark will be hosting the Local Government Climate Change Leadership Summit from 2-4 June 2009 in Copenhagen. Local, regional and national representatives from around the world will engage in a national-local dialogue concerning the role that local governments need to... [more]

Biodiversity Experts and Sustainable Cities Researchers in Edmonton
May 07, 2009
Learn more about advanced biodiversity management and the latest research findings on sustainable cities during the Urban Nature and Research Symposium additional World Congress Events.  [more]

Register to ICLEI World Congress before 15 May
May 04, 2009
Make sure to register for ICLEI World Congress 2009 to benefit from the reduced price on hotel rooms and flights. Click on the calendar image to go to the online registration. Remember that three of more individuals from the same organization qualify for a lower registration fee by 200 Euro! [more]

Publications and Resources

New Handbook Promotes Cycling and Ecomobility
May 08, 2009
A German development agency, GTZ, a partner of ICLEI, has launched "Cycling-inclusive Policy Development: A Handbook". This new publication provides information on developing cycle-friendly policies, facilities and transportation systems. [more]

Spring into action with April’s Sustainable Procurement Update
April 28, 2009
This month’s ICLEI Sustainable Procurement Update is jam-packed with the latest news on projects, conferences and Procura+ members [more]

City Climate Catalogue to influence international climate negotiations
March 20, 2009
All communities with C02 reduction targets are invited to share their climate protection targets in the new Copenhagen World Climate Catalogue of City Commitments to Combat Climate Change. [more]

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