ICLEI South Asia - November 2014

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ICLEI South Asia E-News                        

                                                     November 2014

Emani Kumar
Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI and Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia

Greetings readers!

It is always a pleasure to witness the increasing awareness among cities towards climate change and the need for a sustainable living. Delhi is progressing at an impressive pace towards the development of a State Action Plan on Climate Change and the SUNYA project cities are getting closer to achieving their zero waste status. This month’s e-news tells more about these initiatives.

ICLEI South Asia is looking for an intern to assist with the preparation of the Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 Congress. The details can be found further in the e-news. Also, get a chance a to know more about the Mayor of Shimla, Mr. Sanjay Chauhan and the outstanding achievements of this Himalayan city; and about Meesha Tandon, Senior Manager (Sustainability), ICLEI South Asia.

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Honourable Mayor of Shimla – Mr. Sanjay Chauhan

“Urban Local Bodies are the most important part of the government with direct linkages to the community and the local people. Cities entrusted with planning and implementation are the ones who have the power to shape the future."

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Meesha Tandon – Senior Manager (Sustainability)

"Involving citizen groups and NGOs in the decision making process is I believe the starting point for integration in Indian cities."

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Delhi State Action Plan on Climate Change – How it all began...

Recent studies show that Delhi falls in the areas of greatest climate variability, maximum vulnerability and lowest adaptive capacity. In January 2009, Delhi became the first federal state to have adopted a climate mitigation and adaptation plan complying with the National Action Plan on Climate Change, released in 2008, which outlines the State’s strategy to meet and address the challenges of climate change.

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SUNYA cities to prepare zero waste management action plans

All the seven cities under the ‘SUNYA – Towards zero waste in South Asia’ project are now in the process of developing their respective Zero Waste Management Action Plans. These plans aim at ensuring the sustainability of the project beyond its duration. It will also help in being a stepping stone and paving the path towards formalizing a scientific and sustainable solid waste management system which will further help cities in attaining the zero waste status.

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Lima Climate Change Conference - December 2014

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will be held from 1 to 12 December. COP 20/CMP 10 which will be hosted in Lima by the Government of Peru, will also witness the launch of the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) on December 8th. This most widely-endorsed GHG accounting and reporting standard for cities has been created in partnership by the World Resources Institute (WRI), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40).


ICLEI World Congress 2015 – Sustainable Solutions For An Urban Future

From 8 – 12 April 2015, global leaders, mayors, city officials, and their partners from around the world will convene at the ICLEI World Congress 2015, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Global sustainability targets can only be achieved through integrated, cooperative action at the local level. The ICLEI World Congress will empower local leaders from around the world to deliver innovative local actions needed to achieve global sustainability targets and address the pressing challenges of climate change for an urban future. 

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