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18 December 2019

Reflecting on COP25: local and regional governments must be engaged in national and international climate action

This December, national governments from across the world met in Madrid (Spain) for COP25 – an annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which brings together world leaders to discuss key environmental issues and challenges. In previous years, these...

17 December 2019

A victory for Budapest: putting citizens first in sustainable urban mobility planning

ICLEI Member Budapest (Hungary) recently announced the adoption of its first Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) after a long process to revamp its transport system to put residents first. The City of Budapest established the BKK Centre for Budapest Transport in 2011 to address the cities' most ...

11 December 2019

Applications now open for the prestigious Procura+ Awards 2020

Public authorities can now submit their applications to the 2020 edition of the prestigious Procura+ Awards, which recognise procurement and related initiatives that have remarkable economic, environmental and social impacts, and that demonstrate innovation. The application period is open until 31...

10 December 2019

Collaborating for success: cycling superhighways in Denmark’s Capital Region

The Danish Cycle Superhighway is a collaboration between 27 municipalities – including ICLEI Member Copenhagen (Denmark) – and the Capital Region of Denmark, which shows the major benefits that come from collaboration to develop cycling infrastructure. In 2009, an initial 16 municipalit...

4 December 2019

Barcelona, Cologne and Stockholm prove growth does not have to come at the expense of CO2 reductions

After five years of implementing sustainable smart city solutions through the GrowSmarter project, ICLEI Members Barcelona (Spain) and Stockholm (Sweden), alongside Cologne (Germany), recently came together to share key insights and results, proving that growth does not have to come at the expense o...

3 December 2019

Tell the world you’re a Basque endorser with free digital icon

Since first being acclaimed by the participants of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in 2016, the Basque Declaration has grown in popularity, and is currently endorsed by over 500 towns, cities, and regions across the world, and a further 370+ individuals and organisation...

2 December 2019

Applications open for the European Entrepreneurial Region Award

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has launched the next edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award: EER Award 2021. The theme of this year’s EER Award is “Entrepreneurship for a green and sustainable future.” Are you a European city or region with a sust...

27 November 2019

ICLEI Europe on-the-ground at COP25

This December, countries from across the world will meet in Madrid (Spain) for the 25th Conference of the Parties of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25). Past meetings have led to landmark agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, which was the result of COP21. ICLEI i...

26 November 2019

German Sustainability Awards presented to leaders in environmental protection

The twelfth German Sustainability Awards were presented this week in Düsseldorf (Germany). The award recognises sustainability achievements in businesses, by municipalities, and in research. ICLEI Europe sat on the independent expert jury. The winners of the award for Cities and Towns, who had...