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Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network
September 2012 - Edition # 1
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In its first edition, our freshly revamped newsletter will bring you intelligent, innovative and informative news on global sustainability issues.

The spotlight is on biodiversity as over 300 City Leaders will engage with the 193 Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11) and the parallel “Cities for Life” Summit in Hyderabad, India, in less than a month.

These momentous events are sending the message that the world is collectively calling for rapid, up-scaled implementation of biodiversity policy to curb the unprecedented decline and loss of ecosystem goods and services. The urgency is palpable - and cities are leading the way where it counts most – locally!

Get inspired by Local Action from cities who have demonstrated that transformative change can be achieved by planning with nature through imbedding nature’s free goods and services into city design, providing more resilient communities with access to food, clean water, energy and green jobs.

In iAgendas, our BiodiverCities platform offers trailblazing initiatives for cities to re-connect with nature! Read about how our Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) Pioneers pave the way for exciting new projects at local level ranging from global reporting and recognition processes to access to tools, peer-to-peer learning and scaled local action.

The time to act is now! On behalf of the ICLEI global community, we look forward to engaging with you on these issues and to welcoming you in Hyderabad!

Kobie Brand

Global Coordinator of ICLEI's Biodiversity Programme


Local Action Champion

Local Action Champion is a series that profiles leaders and visionaries who have made a mark in achieving sustainability through local action

Park Won Soon pledged to improve the environment, the city’s fiscal health and social welfare when he took over as Mayor of Seoul in October last year. He has kept true to his promise, most notably on the environmental front.  


Mexico City exceeds emission targets  
Mexico City reduced its GHG emissions by a total 7.7 million of CO2 through actions in transport, waste and other sectors in the period 2008-2012, which is 10% higher than the initial goals set in the Climate Action Plan.

ICLEI hails inspiring local leaders  
ICLEI congratulates Albay Philippines Governor Joey Salceda for his nomination to the Green Climate Fund Board, Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas for his appointment to the High Level Panel of the UN Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Agenda and Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard for his election as VP of Socialist International. 
Hiroshima Mayor urges government to reform its energy policy  

At the recent anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Mayor Kazumi Matsui of Hiroshima, Japan urged the country to make headway on a clean energy policy, rid of nuclear power 

Newest ICLEI Members
  • Amuwo Odofin, Nigeria
  • Salem Municipal Corporation, India
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Gandhi Nagar Municipal Corporation, India
  • Seongbuk-gu, South Korea
  • Gyeryong, South Korea
Find out who else is an ICLEI Member 



ICLEI to host the largest cities' biodiversity summit in Hyderabad 
Bringing together about 300 Mayors, governors and high ranking officials from across the globe, the Cities for Life Summit, happening on 15-16 October, will coordinate implementation efforts of the Plan of Action for Biodiversity 

Opening on 19-20 October, the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat will serve current and future Members in the East Asia region, namely China, Chinese Taipei, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea.  The Opening Forum will feature, among others, a special panel discussion "Green, clean, safe - a sustainable energy future for East Asia's cities"

IUCN Congress closes, new president elected
The IUCN congress closes with new motions favoring a more active role for cities in conservation, and a new president, Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China, to watch out for. ICLEI was there to host workshops promoting local nature-based solutions to global challenges  

Chinese Low-Carbon Eco-Cities Association: ICLEI enlarging its global network 

At the Eco-City Forum Tianjin, the Chinese Low-Carbon Eco-Cities Association was announced. ICLEI and Chinese Eco-Cities signed a joined statement for creating a platform for Chinese and global eco-cities networks to exchange on their policy approaches and experiences  


seoulSeoul welcomes delegates to Mayors' dialogues on climate
The official inauguration of Mayor Park Won Soon as the Chair of World Mayors Council on Climate Change will take place alongside the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat opening, World Mayors Dialogue with civil society and High Level Dialogues with UNFCCC negotiators ahead of COP18.


ICLEI Africa attends the Namibia National Mayors Forum 2012
This month, Namibian Honourable Mayors, Councilors and CEOs convened at the annual Namibia National Mayors Forum in Windhoek to agree on common resolutions for the year ahead 

Resilient Cities, EcoMobility Festival showcased at the World Urban Forum
ICLEI successfully hosted a Resilient Cities networking event and sessions discussing the EcoMobility Festival and the Local Sustainability study!



Featured Quote

"Nowadays we need to have the knowledge about the cities. But we still need to learn and to copy other ways  - better ways – to improve our city management, in several areas such as biodiversity, energy efficiency, water supply, and above of all cut the distances between people and political managers." 

Luís CapãoNewest Member of the FutureCityLeaders Initiative. 

Find out more about the FutureCityLeaders Initiative 

Biodiverse Cities: Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) Pioneers pave the way!
Join over 50 global cities in managing ecosystems that underpin your economy and provide your city with basic services. LAB is a three-year, action-oriented program designed by cities for cities, assisting you with localized technical expertise, peer-to-peer learning and tools for improved ecosystem management, land-use and planning for a green urban economy. 

A Special Signing Ceremony for new LAB cities will held at the Cities for Life Summit in Hyderabad! (Special discounted rates apply)

Contact or visit:


Be part of Urban Biosphere System!
The URBIS Initiative is a global open network of scientists, planners, educators and policy makers for discussing and sharing case studies, ideas and approaches for developing more resilient and equitable urban regions. To join, please complete registration form and return to
Contribute to Resilient Cities 2013! 
The Call for contributions for Resilient Cities congress, to be held on 21 May to 2 June 2013, has been launched!  Visit for more updates - read the new report, join the webinars and contribute to the Global Energy Basel 2012.

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2012 Upcoming Events

2 October
Earth Hour Cities Challenge webinar

15-16 October, Hyderabad, India
Cities for Life

8 - 19 October, Hyderabad India

19-20 October, Seoul, Korea
Opening Forum of the East Asia Secretariat

19-20 October, Seoul, Korea

ICLEI Executive Committe Meeting (for Members only!)

19-20 October, Seoul, Korea
Climate Meeting of Mayors, Seoul, Korea

25-26 October, Freiburg, Germany
Local Renewables 2012

12 - 14 November, Melbourne, Australia

The creative class makes successful cities:  is it a myth?

29 -30 November, Canada
Livable Cities Forum

29 November - 6 December, Doha, Qatar



ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world's leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities and as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 80 countries. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource- efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.

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