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 strategize ways to increase the value of existing buildings through significant energy and architectural transformation, ranging from facade additions to rooftop extensions, in order to reach the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and extreme renovation goal in Europe. (Europe)
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 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 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 collect and create new nature-based solutions for cities, defining new models for financing and implementation and scaling-up good practices by transferring knowledge between world regions to bring nature-based development to cities globally. (25 cities: East Asia, Europe, South America)
We close the cities and finance gap through infrastructure project pipelining for the European Investment Bank, with cities across Mexico. (5 cities: Latin America & Caribbean)
We provide accessible, timely, applicable and defensible climate information to empower decision makers to develop urban and rural plans, investments and infrastructure towards more climate resilience in Africa. (9 cities: Africa)
We facilitate peer-to-peer exchange, learning events and webinars and opportunities to engage in global fora for local governments participating in the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities. (28 cities: Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia)
We empower cities and municipalities to make the transition to zero emission, sustainable mobility with innovative business models, technologies and guidelines for cost efficient and successful deployment and operation of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. (50+ cities and regions: Europe)