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Organization: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
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Postal address of organization/institution

ICLEI World Secretariat,  Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7, 53113 Bonn, Germany

E-mail address of organization/institution


Website address of organization/institution


Telephone of organization/institution

+49-228 / 97 62

PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity


PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Over 1100 cities, towns, counties, and their associations in 70 countries comprise ICLEI's growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs.

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

ICLEI works on all aspects of sustainability. Creating safe, just and peaceful communities is one area of our activities.


ICLEI trains its Members in their capacities as policy makers and
managers to make informed decisions on sustainability.

Since 1992 over 20,000 local authorities have participated in
more than 500 capacity building events, organized by ICLEI’s
International Training Centre and regional offices.

ICLEI’s Local Agenda for Peace and Security empowers local governments to implement policies to reduce violence and insecurity at the local level supported by reliable information systems for decision making. Local Governments will act as agents of change, promoting participatory processes, institutional strengthening and sustainable development. The initiative includes training and capacity building programs, institutional strengthening and establishing unified geo-referenced information systems.

A thorough training program was developed to build capacity of public officials, police, community leaders and other stakeholders involved in the project. The course includes six theory sessions and two sessions for experiences sharing. Two virtual courses were organized with the participation of more that 50 people.

The program focused on training municipal officials and key stakeholders on procedures and tools, which are radically distinct from what has been in use so far.

Action was undertaken to strengthen cooperation and establish dialogue mechanisms at the local level. In many cases, police and justice institutions are afraid to share information. The aim was change the organizational culture to collect and process information more efficiently. In addition, advocacy work at the national level supports local government's role in citizen security initiatives.


_ The Cities for Climate Protection Campaign achieves quantifiable
greenhouse gas reductions through local climate action plans.

_ Through its Cities Climate Center ICLEI is leading the
advancement of local solutions to climate change.

_ The Climate Action and Reporting Center (carbonn) provides
standards to measure and report municipal carbon emissions.

_ ICLEI organizes Resilient Cities, the annual forum on urban
resiliency and adaptation to climate change.

_ ICLEI coordinates the representation of local governments in
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,
ensuring municipalities are part of the global climate negotiations.


Over 10,000 communities worldwide have engaged in Local
Agenda 21, a participatory planning process developed by ICLEI
for Agenda 21, the global action plan for sustainable development.

_ Innovative sustainability management instruments developed by
ICLEI are available to municipal decision-makers, facilitating the
integration of environmental, social and economic factors.


The Sustainable Procurement Program supports local governments
in including sustainability considerations when purchasing
products and services


The Water Program trains local governments to use integrated
local water management to ensure equitable access to water and
its efficient use.


_ The Local Action for Biodiversity program engages local
governments in biodiversity action planning and management.

_ ICLEI is part of the Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity
and organizes advocacy by local governments at the United
Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.


ICLEI strengthens local governments promoting renewable energy
and energy efficiency in the urban environment, focusing on their
role as a driving force for local innovation.

_ Cities selected to become model communities receive assistance
and meet in an annual forum which welcomes all local governments.


As the secretariat of the Global Alliance for EcoMobility, ICLEI
advocates for local transport based on walking, cycling, wheeling
and public transport.

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

ICLEI and its members have achieved quantifiable progress in the above mentioned areas of sustainability such as climate change and biodiversity.

Participants in ICLEI’s Local Agenda for Peace and Security from Ecuador and El Salvador have progressed in a variety of key sectors: they have made significant investments in information systems for identifying the problem, tracking progress on developing appropriate responses and implementing them. They have learned to put emphasis on social prevention, the promotion of public coexistence as well as on strengthening dialogue and elaborating feasible strategies to address conflict.

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

One of the main challenges faced by the Local Agenda for Peace and Security has been the lack of institutional capacity among the participant cities. Local Governments do not have the necessary technical and financial resources to design and manage violence prevention policies and actions. In addition, there is a lack of effective coordination with other government sectors in collecting reliable information on crime and violence to develop effective solutions, raise awareness and to guide the formulation of new policies.  The initiative has focused on building local capacity and identifying national support to act locally.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

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