Cities are complex systems. The components of urban systems, from food distribution networks and energy grids to transport and greenways, are interconnected and dynamic. Intervening to create change in any one of these components may impact others, creating systemic change. Designing solutions that take these interconnections into account is critical to sustainable development.
The five ICLEI pathways towards low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development are designed to create systemic change. When these pathways guide local and regional development, urban systems becomes more sustainable. The pathways provide provide a framework for designing integrated solutions that balance the patterns of human life and the built and natural environments. They encourage holistic thinking. For instance, working together, the local and regional governments and global experts of ICLEI consider how nature-based development contributes to resilience, or how to bring equity into low emission development.
We design our work to integrate as many pathways as possible. Each individual pathway is multidimensional, incorporating numerous strategies for sustainable development. When more pathways are integrated into any given activity, such as a project, partnership or initiative, a greater degree of change can occur. Often, our activities are guided by a predominant pathway or set of pathways. In any given city or region, multiple activities may be implemented along each pathway.
This searchable digital collection of our activities worldwide includes technical resources, including digital platforms, methodologies and tools, as well as networks, projects, programs, partnerships, events and initiatives that guide action along the pathways, spark new partnerships and create city-to-city and city-to-region connections.
Each entry in this digital collection is marked with predominant pathways, keywords and related Sustainable Development Goals.
We accelerate the implementation of building efficiency policies and programs across cities in the Global South, in direct support of the Building Efficiency Accelerator, in order to translate global expertise into action in cities. (6 cities: Southeast Asia)
We analyze transportation footprints and develop innovative procurement plans to deliver solutions for zero emission urban delivery of goods and services in European cities. (3 cities: Europe)
We mobilize and guide local and regional governments in Europe to develop long-term energy policy priorities, while promoting a multilevel governance approach and supporting the development, financing and implementation of integrated sustainable energy and climate action plans, enabling cities to achieve climate resilience and carbon neutrality by 2050. (70+ cities: Europe)
We strengthen the capacities of Indian cities to identify, plan and implement measures to achieve low carbon growth and enhance resilience, positioning cities to address the growing demand for energy, infrastructure and services. (4 cities and 4 regions: South Asia)
We offer high impact capacity building on climate resilience for decision makers and stakeholders representing indigenous and northern communities, the private sector, and local and regional governments. (30 cities: North America)
We support municipal leadership in Brazilian state capital cities with efforts to raise awareness and ambition on environmental policy and embed a climate change lens across all urban planning. (27 cities: South America)
Through our City-Business Collaboration Accelerator - CiBiX - we foster city-business collaboration worldwide for sustainable development through demand-driven, facilitated market engagement. (globally)
We provide cities with expert advice and mentoring to deliver circular procurement approaches as a catalyst for market uptake of innovative circular products and services. (3 cities: Europe)
We created contribution analysis methodology to illustrate the drivers of change in greenhouse gas emissions over time, informing a city or region of program efficacy and opportunities to advocate stronger policy across multiple levels of government in the United States. (20 cities, 3 regions: North America)
We enable cities to assess their mobility systems, identify priorities for improvement, and monitor progress with our SHIFT methodology, while building capacity, creating political momentum and advising cities on sustainable urban transport (globally)