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 promote and enable subnational government engagement in food policy and action with a focus on the global targets and ambitions articulated in Sustainable Development Goal 2 and through initiatives such as the Milan Food Pact. (8 cities, 1 region: Africa)
We promote food security, social inclusion, economic development and environmental resource management by combining networking with training, policy guidance and technical expertise on city-region food systems worldwide. (20+ cities: globally)
We support cities and regions laying out their 2050 visions for sustainable societies and climate neutrality, encouraging them to join KYOTO+20 and cultivate sustainable cities that are in balance with the local and global environment. (globally)
We assess the potential for district energy systems, which produce steam, hot water or chilled water at a central plant, making them much more efficient and less energy consuming, and develop integrated roadmaps for energy policy and investment in South Asia. (5 cities: South Asia)
We build capacity across local governments to develop and implement low carbon urban freight policies and practices through urban freight emission assessment tools, pilot demonstration projects, taking a multilevel governance approach designed to shape national policy recommendations.
(3+ cities: South America, South Asia)
We prepare a coherent and representative framework on sustainable water management at local level to support the implementation of the European Union water policy and the SDG's. (25 cities: Europe)
ICLEI advances global dialogue and action that links science, policy and practice, by convening city leaders and practitioners with research and academia, national governments and entrepreneurs to examine policy gaps and opportunities, ultimately supporting the global Innovate4Cities accelerator that defines research and innovation priorities to inform national research agendas and analyses - as galvanized by the Edmonton Declaration in support of CitiesIPCC process. (globally)
We enhance strategic planning, networking, coordination, advocacy and dissemination activities by the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments as part of its relations to United Nations member states and decision making bodies. (globally)
We enable cities and communities worldwide to consistently measure and report emissions and develop climate action plans and low emission development strategies by providing technical guidance on applying the GPC, the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories. (5,000+ cities: globally)
We support subnational government efforts to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets through an initiative established during the Convention on Biological Diversity COP13 in Cancun, Mexico in 2016. (globally)