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 work with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to build capacity across Canadian municipalities, by providing accounting and planning tools, knowledge development resources, training workshops and peer networks that enable them to reduce greenhouse gases emissions and take comprehensive climate action. (350 cities: North America)
We support the Assam State Government in preparing a nomination dossier which highlights the unique natural and cultural heritage of Majuli Island, enabling it to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. (1 region: South Asia)
We improve institutional support for public sector procurement of Information and Communication Technologies in Europe by establishing and expanding competence centers for innovation procurement that change existing practices. (Europe)
We build local capacity to improve quality of life, supporting local elected representatives and authorities in South Asia to create, enable and institutionalize equitable and inclusive governance mechanisms (4 cities, 4 regions: South Asia).
We engage local, national and global decision makers, and city staff and urban resilience and adaptation experts in a global platform designed to assess global resilience indicators and forge new partnerships to advance resilient urban development. (globally)
We support the leading national sustainable cities initiative in Japan, and were actively involved from the beginning to support localization of the Sustainable Development Goals. (East Asia)
We advance the development of country-led strategic plans in Asia that promote economic growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while supporting national governments in accelerating implementation of robust NDCs - the national climate action plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. (South Asia and Southeast Asia)
We offer a simple and convenient online process for pre-screened installers to compete for city-region bids, making it easier for North American communities to switch to solar energy. (8 cities: North America)
We are raising awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals across East Asia, with a focus on SDG 11 for sustainable cities and communities, while providing capacity building on policies that support local implementation. (11 cities, 1 region: East Asia)
We are training and building agents of change for climate adaptation in communities across Canada, engaging with a range of stakeholders and decision makers to identify local climate impacts and the actions each can take to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts locally. (8 cities: North America)