Kaj Embren

National governments have proven that they do not have what is required to meet the global challenges of climate change and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. The shortcomings of the COP meeting since Copenhagen acts as testament to this. With the burden of recession and austerity, short-sighted national governments have thus far shown themselves unable to handle sustainable development issues.

Within the arena of sustainable development, the boundaries of responsibility are undergoing a monumental shift. This allows new actors to take pole position in the creation of new opportunities. Old infrastructures are being replaced by new ones that are better designed to cope with the challenges facing cities and regions.

We should stop directing our attentions and frustrations towards impotent governments. Instead we must focus on more localized models that simmer from below but come to influence and inspire national actors to greater action.

Better levels of engagement and the development of local and international networks have prompted a wider range of actors to become involved in sustainability, from both within and outside the market.

Over the past five years we have seen several strong international networks emerge from municipalities and regions. To get a wider understanding of this phenomenon I undertook some research that shows just how many locally-focussed organizations use their involvement in these networks to bring about sustainable solutions that can have a real impact.

Sweden’ s biggest Political Week event in 2015 – A Challenge for National Governments in front of UN Climate Meeting Paris

Next summer – between the 28 to the 30th of June – the Mayor of the Swedish Island Gotland will invite Mayors from all over the world to the event to debate and prepare to challenge national governments in front of the Paris UN Climate meeting in December 2015. The event is organised by Region Gotland, Stockholm Environment Institute, WWF, The Think Tank – Global Utmaning, The Nordics association, Kairos Future, Club of Rome and Respect Climate.

Send me an e-mail if you are interested to find out more – kaj@embren.com.

Mayors 33 networks that can act are:

1. United Cities and Local Governments – http://www.cities-localgovernments.org/

2. United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) – http://www.afriquelocale.org/en/about-us/uclg-africa

3. Federación Latinoamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones (FLACMA) / Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Governments – http://www.portalambientallatinoamericano.com/

4. UCGL Euro-Asian Regional Section – http://www.euroasia-uclg.ru/index.php?lang=en

5. UCGL- Asia-Pacific – http://www.uclg-aspac.org/

6. Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) – http://www.ccre.org/en/

7. UCLG-Middle East and West Asia (MEWA) – http://www.uclg-mewa.org/

8. METROPOLIS Network (World Association of Major Metropolises) – http://www.metropolis.org/

9. Union of the Baltic Cities – http://www.ubcwheel.eu/

10. Local Governments for Sustainability – ICLEI – http://www.iclei.org and ICLEI USA / National League of Cities / U.S. Green Building Council’s Resilient Communities for America Campaign:http://www.resilientamerica.org

11. C40 (Large Cities Climate Leadership Group) – http://live.c40cities.org/

12. Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative – http://www.clintonfoundation.org/main/our-work/by-initiative/clinton-climate-initiative/programs/c40-cci-cities.html

13. World Mayor Council on Climate Change – http://citiesclimateregistry.org/

14. Sustainable Cities Network – http://www.sustainablecities.net/

15. United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) – http://www.unhabitat.org/content.asp?typeid=19&catid=540&cid=5025

16. United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) – http://www.unisdr.org/campaign/resilientcities/

17. World Bank – http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/about-us

18. Cities Alliance – http://www.citiesalliance.org/

19. World e-Governments Organisation of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO) – http://www.we-gov.org/history

20. Mercociudades – http://www.mercociudades.org/

21. Unión Iberoamericana de Municipalistas (Iberoamerican Union of Municipality Authorities – UIM) – http://www.uimunicipalistas.org/#/sobrelauim.txt

22. Federación de Municipios del Istmo Centroamericano (FEMICA) – Federation of Central American Municipalities – http://www.femica.org/

23. Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) – http://www.cdia.asia/

24. CAI-Asia – The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities and CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) – http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia

25. Committee of the Regions (CoR) and Covenant of Mayors http://cor.europa.eu/en/activities/Pages/priorities.aspx





26. MEDCITIES – http://www.medcities.org/

27. Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource management (ACR+) – http://www.acrplus.org/

28.Brazil – Frente Nacional de Prefeitos (National Front of Mayors – FNP) – http://www.fnp.org.br/home.jsf

29.India – City Managers Association of India (CMA) http://www.umcasia.org/content.php?id=67

30. ChinaChina Association of Mayors (CAM) – http://www.citieschina.org/en/

31. South Korea – Governors Association of Korea – http://www.gaok.or.kr/eng/e01_intro/intro010.jsp

32. Canada – Federation of Canadian Municipalities – http://www.fcm.ca/

33. Sweden – Klimat Kommunerna – http://www.klimatkommunerna.se/

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