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ICLEI in Europe News
Dear Members, Partners and Friends of ICLEI,
We are pleased to send you the latest news on ICLEI in Europe and our partners for urban sustainability!
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In this issue:
1. ICLEI member news
Linz comes up with 52 ways to save the world
ICLEI member city Linz (Austria), also 2009 European Capital of Culture, is staging a '52 Ways to Save the World' international idea competition that will enable individuals to implement some of the possibilities to rescue our planet.
For more information on '52 Ways to Save the World', please click here.
2. Rovigo Climate Conference: a decisive success
Thank you to the 253 participants and speakers representing 31 countries around the world for making the Rovigo 2008 Conference a success!
For more information about the new Working Group, please contact Maryke van Staden, co-ordinator of ICLEI's Climate & Air Team and Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, or download the press release.
You can also download the Rovigo Outreach and the conference presentations by clicking here.
3. EC launches Toolkit on Green Public Procurement
The European Commission has just launched a Training Toolkit on Green Public Procurement (GPP) designed to provide any European public authority with advice and information on the straightforward implementation of GPP.
4. IUCN partners with ICLEI
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, will have ICLEI as a main partner at their upcoming World Congress in Barcelona in October 2008, as they will dedicate one of their six high-profile roundtables to their cooperation with local governments.
For more information on IUCN World Congress, click here
5.Fact Sheets on Urban Biodiversity
With the support of Countdown 2010, the European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC) and Local Action for Biodiversity, ICLEI has compiled seven fact sheets on Urban Biodiversity for local and regional governments.
6. Council of Europe's recommendations on adaptation to climate change
The Spring Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CoE) has published Recommendation, Resolution and Report documents on adaptation to climate change which constitute the outcomes of the Congress's Committee on Sustainable Development.
7. ICLEI Sustainable Procurement Services
ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement team now offers tailor-made training and consultancy services.
8. New Procura+ participants' area launched
A new participants'area has been launched within the Procura+ Campaign website, accessible to all current Procura+ participants and national partners. It includes a large number of resources aimed at helping participants to implement sustainable procurement within their local authority.
9. The Covenant of Mayors welcomes the Committee of the Regions
Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has welcomed the Committee of the Regions (CoR) as a new partner in the European Covenant of Mayors, a network of cities and regions which have pledged to fight global warming by going beyond the EU's 2020 target for reducing CO2 emissions by more than 20%.
10. How sustainable are biofuels?
The fourth issue of the Biofuel Cities quarterly newsletter focuses on the current debate concerning the sustainability of biofuels and suggests concrete measures to establish sustainability criteria for biofuels, in order to help governments and businesses take the most appropriate decisions.
11. Protecting health from climate change, World Health Day 2008
World Health Day, celebrated every year on April 7, marks the founding of the World Health Organization and is an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health.
This year's theme, 'protecting health from climate change', has put health at the center of the global dialogue about climate change. The health impacts of climate change are already evident in different ways, and will be disproportionately greater in vulnerable populations.
Many European countries are already experiencing climate change related health impacts. These impacts are avoidable or controllable, if well-known and well-tested public health interventions are applied. The objective of World Health Day 2008 is to catalyse public participation in the global campaign to protect health from the adverse effects of climate change.
For further information on World Health Day 2008 click here.
12. New internship offer at the Global Alliance for EcoMobility
The Global Alliance for EcoMobility is a cross-sectoral partnership for the integrated promotion of walking, cycling, wheeling and 'passenging' (use of public transport). Its members are global leaders from the business, user, expert and governmental sectors.
The Alliance Secretariat, based in Freiburg, Germany, seeks an Intern to support the implementation of the Alliance's workplan.
For full details regarding this position and on how to apply, visit ICLEI Jobs page.
13. New events
Launch of the European Green Capital award scheme
On 22 May 2008, DG Environment will launch the European Green Capital award scheme in Brussels. This award marks a city's wish and capability to solve environmental problems in order to both improve the quality of life of its citizens and reduce its contribution to global environmental problems.
EU-Asia Waste Management Conference,
The 'EU-Asia Sustainable Waste Management Cycle: Integrating Best Practices of Solid Waste Management Policies' (EA-SWMC) is a project supported by the Asia Pro-Eco Programme of the European Commission, which aims to implement measures that will ensure the management of solid waste and cleansing process complies with environment best practices.
A key event in this project is the EU-Asia Solid Waste Management Conference, which will be held on 29-30 October 2008 in Perak, Malaysia. The focus will be on strategic issues and key aspects related to policy governance of solid waste management best practices.
8th International Congress for Planning and Environment,
Together with the International Urban Planning and Environment Association (IUPEA), the University of Kaiserslautern hosts the 8th International Congress for Planning and Environment with the title 'Parallel Patterns of Urban Growth and Decline -- Sustainability Issues and Challenges for Spatial Planning in 21st Century Cities and Regions'.
14. Event reminders
4th National Finnish Municipal Conference on Climate Issues
Bridging the Gap Conference
Mayors Conference, Local Action for Biodiversity
ICLEI European Membership Convention
7th Ecoprocura Conference
ICLEI World Congress
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The ICLEI in Europe newsletter is produced by the European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Copies are available on request. Editors: Stefan Kuhn (responsible), Ciara Leonard, Lydie Gerboin.
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