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 capacitate local governments in Southeast Asia to develop inclusive low emission development strategies through active citizen engagement and integration of stakeholder pledges into targets and planned activities, ultimately raising the level of ambition in national climate action plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. (9 cities: Southeast Asia)
We build the capacity of Canadian local governments to adapt to climate change and increase their resilience, offering a suite of solutions, including planning tools, vulnerability and risk assessment resources, stakeholder consultation workshops and peer and partner networking opportunities. (50 cities: North America)
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 provide a global platform for local and city-region biodiversity and nature-based targets, highlighting solutions and tools to mainstream green infrastructure options into all sectors such as planning, budgeting, health, water and infrastructure. (globally)
We work as part of the City Climate Planner Certificate Program to train and certify professionals working with greenhouse gas inventories, offering skills development in designing, planning and implementing green growth initiatives, in order to increase the global talent base of local climate planning specialists. (globally)
We enable cities in North America to calculate, forecast, plan and monitor emissions under all community and local government operation protocols through the ClearPath online suite of emissions management tools. (383 cities: North America)
We strengthen the capacities of cities in Africa to provide access to sufficient, sustainable and safe energy and related services to urban and peri-urban populations, with special attention to energy efficiency and renewable energy as drivers for local low emission, climate resilient, sustainable development. (13 cities: Africa)
We are a founding partner of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and support cities and other subnational governments in complying with the climate commitment process, enabling them to make unique commitments and take action within their local context, in ways and at a pace that are appropriate to address their prioritized development actions and fitted to their means and aspirations. (globally)
We engage local governments and stakeholders in climate change assessments, building capacity to use climate data, identifying local vulnerabilities and assessing and prioritizing risk to begin the development of local action plans in North America. (30 cities/regions: North America)
We offer a comprehensive methodology to cities worldwide, using a nine-step process with tools, best practices and management support to assess the green economy and green infrastructure as part of pursuing a low emission development trajectory. (globally)