ICLEI South Asia - October 2014

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ICLEI South Asia E-News                        

                                                      October 2014

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

Greetings readers!

The past month has been pretty eventful and crucial for cities worldwide with the Global Mayors Compact being launched in New York at the Climate Summit 2014 and the Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution for Cities and Subnational Governments being finalised. Lots has been happening with our South Asian cities too – Mandi and Dharamsala are progressing on their ICLEI ACCCRN Process path, the Urban-LEDS cities are working continuously towards Low Emissions Development and 13 cities from India have been finalised for the Earth Hour City Challenge 2014-15. We were also honoured to welcome to our region and our office ICLEI President David Cadman, who spent some time with us, visited our cities and met numerous local officials. We are really proud of having been able to show him what our cities have achieved.

The September e-news also gets us familiarised with Mukund Kumar, Office and Field Assistant, ICLEI South Asia. Read on to know more about us and our cities.

Visit of ICLEI President David Cadman to South Asia

Recently, ICLEI President Mr. David Cadman made a visit to ICLEI South Asia and our cities. Despite the short stay, Mr. Cadman managed to visit quite some places, speak at events and share his wisdom and knowledge with the ICLEI South Asia staff and city representatives.

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Mr. Cadman with Ms. Dorji Choden, Urban Minister, Bhutan and Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI and Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia

Mukund Kumar – Office and Field Assistant, ICLEI South Asia

"I have myriad roles here at ICLEI South Asia. My experience till now has been a great one; I have learnt and grown a lot, and gained tremendous knowledge and exposure.

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Pioneering Mayors unite to galvanize climate action

At the Climate Summit 2014, Mayors from around the world unveiled new initiatives that will catalyze climate action worldwide. These initiatives – including the historic Compact of Mayors – show the solidarity, leadership and commitment of cities to fight climate change at full speed.

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Mayors at the Cities Action Session

Why Does #UrbanSDG Matter? Join Our Campaign!

On 31 October this year, for the first time, the planet will celebrate World Cities Day. As the voice of the global movement of cities dedicated to sustainable development, ICLEI strongly supports the stand-alone urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) that will bring about inclusive sustainable development for cities. Let us hear from you, citizens of cities, on why an Urban SDG matters! Join our campaign now.

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Towards a Climate Resilient Panaji

On 24th September 2014, a day after the Climate Summit 2014 hosted by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the Corporation of the City of Panaji, India, in collaboration with ICLEI South Asia organised a workshop to review the efforts undertaken so far and to plan for a climate resilient future for Panaji city.

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From left to right - Sanjit Rodrigues, Commissioner, Corporation of the City of Panaji; Sudhir Kerkar, Deputy Commissioner; Emani Kumar, DSG, ICLEI

The winning photo entry

Congratulations to the winners of the All India Environmental Journalism Competition

Each one among the multitude of entries received for the All India Environmental Journalism Competition 2014, stood out with its unique style and concept. The range that these articles and videos covered was widespread. The majority of them brought into the limelight issues and pleas of so many communities and towns all over India and highlighted the need to take action. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Mandi and Dharamsala advance on their ICLEI ACCCRN Process path

Shared Learning Dialogues were organised in Dharamsala and Mandi, India, by ICLEI South Asia together with the cities’ Climate Core Team, as part of the Rockefeller Foundation funded Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project. The goal of the workshops was to implement the ICLEI ACCCRN Process (IAP), with a focus on “Climate Research and Impact Assessment” for Dharamsala and on “Vulnerabilities Assessment” for Mandi.

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13 Indian cities will be competing this year for the EHCC 2015 crown

The 13 Indian cities that have been finalised to compete for the Global Earth Hour City Challenge 2014-15 are Ahmedabad, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Gandhinagar, Gwalior, Kota, Nashik, Panaji, Pune, Rajkot, Shimla and Thane. All cities have successfully reported their relevant data on energy consumption, mitigation and adaptation actions, action plans, etc, on carbonn Climate Registry (cCR).

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Indian Cities work for Low Emissions Development

With both population and economy rapidly growing, India will play a crucial role in any low-carbon scenario. Two model cities and six satellite cities were selected to participate in the Urban-LEDS program, funded by the European Commission and implemented by UN-Habitat and ICLEI, with the objective of enhancing the transition to low emission urban development in four emerging economy countries. All cities have been advancing on their low emissions path at a great pace.

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Handover from Hyderabad to Pyeongchang

2014 Biodiversity Summit spurs the integration of biodiversity into all levels of government

The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments held in parallel with the CBD COP 12 on 12-14 October in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province has successfully concluded. The summit took stock of progress since the previous Cities Biodiversity Summit at the CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad and outlined the latest tools, initiatives and networks, illustrating throughout the value of bringing nature back into cities. 

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Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 – A platform for local governments to move towards urban resilience

The 1st Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015, to be held on 11-13 February 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, is the first event in the Resilient Cities series to bring the focus specifically to the Asia-Pacific region, its challenges and opportunities. A number of prestigious partners have already confirmed their support.

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Better Air Quality Conference 2014

Recognizing that clean air and sustainable transport are essential to a livable society in Asia, the "Integrated Conference of BAQ (Better Air Quality) 2014 and Intergovernmental 8th Regional EST Forum in Asia" will be taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 19-21 November 2014. This conference highlights the need for innovative and smart solutions that significantly reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases and ensure a safe, equitable, environment and people-friendly transport system. 

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