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ICLEI World Congress 2009 | Edmonton, Canada

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Connecting Leaders

14-18 June 2009

ICLEI World Congress 2009 – “Connecting Leaders”, took place between 14-18 June 2009, hosted by long-standing ICLEI Member City of Edmonton, Canada.

Delegates from local governments, international agencies, national governments, and the business community came together to discuss ways to improve the sustainability achievements of local governments. The event especially brought together Young Municipal Leaders to elevate the voices of youth and engage them more intensively in discussions.

The ICLEI World Congress 2009 aimed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and help local governments form new strategies. With a focus on concrete action and measurable results, the World Congress constituted a joint call for rapid action and rapid solutions.

Key Announcements

Establishment of ICLEI Asia


Adopted the Local Action for Biodiversity program

as a global ICLEI Program

Introduced UNEP-ICLEI partnerships

on the Climate Neutral Network (CNN) regarding the involvement of cities – launch of Climate Neutral Cities network within the larger CNN

Key Themes

Urban biodiversity

Climate protection, emission reduction & renewable energy

Sustainable water management

Sustainable mobility

Sustainable consumption

Keynote Speakers

  • Amy Fraenkel

    Director and Regional Representative, Regional Office for North America, UN Environment Program
  • George Greene

    Regional Council for North America and Caribbean, IUCN
  • Hironori Hamanaka

    President, IGES and Professor, Keio University
  • Alex Wong

    Senior Director, Head of Center of Global Industries
  • Prof. David Bloom

    Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
  • Mathis Wackernagel

    Global Footprint Network, Oakland, USA


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