Sustainability is a pressing issue in today’s rapidly urbanizing world, and local and regional governments play a critical role in addressing the challenges of urbanization, climate change, and ecosystem degradation. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of cities, towns, and regions promoting sustainable urban development. Through its work, ICLEI supports local and regional governments in their efforts to achieve sustainability and create more resilient, equitable, and sustainable communities.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at ICLEI and its five pathways for sustainable urban development, its impact on cities, towns, and regions, its approach to sustainability, partnerships, and collaborations, its role in shaping global policy, and support for local and regional governments. Join us as we explore the work of this crucial player in promoting sustainable urban development globally.
Five Pathways for Sustainable Urban Development
ICLEI operates using five interconnected pathways for sustainable urban development: low-emission development, nature-based development, circular development, resilient development, and equitable and people-centered development. These pathways serve as the foundation for ICLEI’s work and provide a comprehensive approach to addressing the complex challenges cities, towns, and regions face.
ICLEI’s work and initiatives range from supporting cities in transitioning to 100% renewable energy, promoting sustainable urban logistics, and accelerating the implementation of building efficiency policies. Through these initiatives, ICLEI works to support local and regional governments in their efforts to achieve sustainable urban development.
Role in Promoting Sustainable Development
ICLEI is critical in promoting sustainable development at the local and regional levels. Through its work, ICLEI helps cities, towns, and regions to address the interconnected challenges of urbanization, climate change, and ecosystem degradation. ICLEI’s expertise and support allow local and regional governments to make informed decisions and take action toward sustainability.
Impact on Cities, Towns, and Regions
ICLEI’s work has had a significant impact on cities, towns, and regions around the world. By providing the tools, resources, and support needed to address sustainability challenges, ICLEI has helped local and regional governments to create more sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities. As a result of ICLEI’s efforts, cities, towns, and regions are better equipped to tackle future challenges and build a better world for all.
Approach to Sustainability
ICLEI operates using a holistic and integrated approach to sustainability, working across five interconnected pathways for sustainable urban development. This approach allows ICLEI to address the complex and interconnected challenges facing cities, towns, and regions and create lasting solutions for sustainability.
Partnerships and Collaborations
ICLEI forms strategic partnerships and collaborations with various actors, including international organizations, national governments, academic and financial institutions, civil society, and the private sector. These partnerships allow ICLEI to leverage the expertise and resources of various actors to create more effective and impactful solutions for sustainability.
Role in Shaping Global Policy
ICLEI plays an active role in shaping global policy on sustainable urban development. Through its work with local and regional governments, ICLEI gathers and shares knowledge and best practices, providing valuable input into developing global policies and agreements on sustainability.
Support for Local and Regional Governments
ICLEI provides a wide range of support to local and regional governments, including capacity building, technical assistance, and access to finance. This support helps these governments to take action toward sustainability and achieve their sustainability goals. ICLEI’s capacity-building initiatives aim to build the knowledge and skills of local and regional government staff, enabling them to implement sustainable development policies and practices. The technical assistance provided by ICLEI includes expertise in policy development, project planning, and implementation. This support helps local and regional governments to overcome the challenges they face in implementing sustainability policies and practices.
In addition to these support services, ICLEI also provides access to finance for local and regional governments. This includes connecting governments with funding sources, such as grants and loans, and guiding financing mechanisms and investment strategies. This support helps local and regional governments to secure the funding they need to implement their sustainability projects and initiatives.
Benefits and Membership with ICLEI
Joining ICLEI provides local and regional governments with a range of benefits, including access to a global network of cities and regions, sharing of best practices, and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships. Members also have access to resources such as toolkits, training programs, and online platforms to help build capacity, implement sustainable development policies and practices, and achieve sustainability goals. Becoming a member of ICLEI is easy and accessible to all local and regional governments. Simply visit the ICLEI website and complete the membership application. ICLEI welcomes new members worldwide and is committed to working with local and regional governments to achieve sustainable urban development.
ICLEI and CDP
ICLEI now has more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. ICLEI has a specialist reporting track with the Climate Disclosure Project. Already more than 1,000 organizations report carbon and/or additional climate data through the CDP-ICLEI Track, with many more looking to establish their carbon footprint baseline, reporting frameworks, ESG commitments, and sustainability strategies (and may need help from specialist firms such as our team here at Veritrove).
ICLEI is a crucial player in promoting sustainable urban development globally. By providing support and resources to local and regional governments, ICLEI is helping to create more sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities. If you are a local or regional government interested in learning more about ICLEI and its work or becoming a member, we encourage you to visit the ICLEI website and explore its initiatives and activities.
Together, we can build a sustainable urban world for all.