The Paris Climate Package, including the Paris Agreement and its related decisions on implementation, opens a new era of universal, ambitious and inclusive action to tackle climate change and cope with its effects. Through the Paris Agreement, national governments commit to advance on all aspects of climate change and will strive to limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius (°C), with the intent to pursue a 1.5-degree target,...
Around 11 million South Africans are food insecure and it is estimated that a further 15 million in other Southern African countries (including Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana) also go to bed hungry. This is being exacerbated by a number of factors including climate change, the current severe drought, water shortages in some regions and floods in others, as well as the 2008 global and current South African financial crisis, which is...
The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full sitting of Council today, 28 April 2016.
South Africa’s capital, and long standing ICLEI member, the City of Tshwane, will be the site of national and international knowledge sharing when it hosts the 10th annual Green Building Conference on 1 and 2 June 2016. The focus at Green Building16 will be on leap-frogging straight to the lasted thinking, innovations, and technologies, enabling built environment designers to imagine and indeed construct higher performing healthier buildings now...
According to a recent United Nation's report, more than half of global population growth between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa. Of the additional 2.4 billion people projected to be added to the global population in the next 35 years, 1.3 billion will be added in Africa (that’s four times the current population). This means that the continent will house approximately 25% of the global population by 2050.
Addressing the causes of climate change was – until the inception of the Urban-LEDS project in 2012 – a low priority for the majority of municipalities in South Africa. Accordingly, creating low emissions development strategies presents a significant challenge, as it requires that officials divert their attention from service delivery and crisis management, toward topics that they at first may perceive as peripheral. In...
City of Tshwane, an ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability member city, will be hosting the City of Tshwane Sustainability Week from 31 May to 2 June 2016. Please find below the press release on the upcoming event.
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