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Ambitious City Promises

Engaging citizens. Driving climate action.

Ambitious City Promises

In a rapidly urbanizing world, local governments and their communities play a pivotal role in tackling climate change and advancing sustainability in cities. The Ambitious City Promises project is contributing to this work by capacitating local governments, engaging citizens and driving climate action through low emission development strategies (LEDS).

The Promise of Seoul, a comprehensive climate strategy adopted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government at the ICLEI World Congress in 2015, is at the heart of Ambitious City Promises. It provides a model of effective climate action at the community level, showing that cities can be both engines of growth and global leaders on climate action by establishing inclusive low emission urban economies.

Through Ambitious City Promises, cities in Southeast Asia will adapt this model of inclusive, ambitious climate action, mainstreaming low emission development strategies and creating new climate leaders. By spreading the vision behind the Promise of Seoul, Ambitious City Promises will show how collective action taken in cities, with leadership from local governments, can contribute to achieving and ratcheting up national and global climate goals.

What we are doing

Through Ambitious City Promises cities across Southeast Asia:
  • Accelerate ambitious climate action at the local level by implementing low emissions development strategies.
  • Develop and deploy bottom-up models of climate action.
  • Engage city residents and key stakeholders in developing City Promise plans.
  • Engage in peer learning networks while supporting and aligning with national climate action plans and policies.

Where the Promise of Seoul is spreading

Indonesia

Jakarta, Bekasi and Tangerang

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Philippines

Pasig, Parañaque and Marikina

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Vietnam

Hanoi, Soc Son and Son Tay

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Ambitious City Promises is implemented by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The ICLEI World Secretariat is responsible for project management and coordination. ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat and ICLEI East Asia Secretariat are also implementing partners. The Seoul Metropolitan Government is a supporting partner.

For more information download the project brochure or contact us at city.promises@iclei.org 

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