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Urban-LEDS: An Urban Low Emissions Development Strategy (Urban-LEDS), or Low Emissions Urban Development Strategy, defines a pathway to transition a city to a low emission, green and inclusive urban economy, through its integration into city development plans and processes.

The Urban-LEDS project: The Urban-LEDS project, funded by the European Commission, and implemented by UN-Habitat and ICLEI, has the objective of enhancing the transition to low emission urban development in four emerging economy countries.


Urban LEDS II started: New countries and cities to benefit from low emission development support

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), are expanding their work on low emission planning to more countries. 

A second phase of the flagship project, "Accelerating climate action through the promotion of Urban Low Emission Development Strategies", or "Urban-LEDS II" for short, will run from 2017 - 2021. The project is funded by the European Union.

Within Africa, this exciting new Phase includes the addition of Rwanda to the existing project country, South Africa.

Urban-LEDS II aims to:

  • Enhance vertical and horizontal integration of climate action in support of national and local strategies and policies.
  • Support and guide selected local governments in developing and approving Urban Low Emission Development Strategies in four new countries, resulting in measurable GHG emission reductions and adaptation co-benefits.
  • Consolidate Urban LEDS achievements in cities in existing Phase I countries.
  • Promote international, regional, national, subnational and local government cooperation on urban climate action, leading to an increase in urban stakeholders' capacity to implement climate action.


The Urban-LEDS I project in numbers:

Read more about the Urban-LEDs project here or about the implementation in South Africa and Rwanda here.

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