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 support cities and regions in Asia, Africa and South America in developing community-wide 100 percent renewable energy strategies, by increasing awareness and stakeholder engagement and assessing project concepts, financeability and implementation plans. (175 cities: globally)
We raise awareness on how local and regional governments can impact city-region food systems, by developing knowledge materials to advance a shared understanding of, advocate and enable subnational government leadership on sustainable and resilient food systems globally. (globally)
We provide a unique platform that enables local governments to exchange knowledge on emerging issues and innovations to achieve a paradigm shift for more sustainable, resilient and equitable urban water and sanitation practices in Africa. (Africa)
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 accelerate the uptake of the Basque Declaration, which outlines new pathways for European cities and towns to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a livable and inclusive Europe through sociocultural, socioeconomic and technological transformation. (487 cities and regions: Europe)
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 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 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 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)
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)