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METROPOLIS: World Association of the Major Metropolises

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. Headquartered in Barcelona, the organisation’s stated mission is:

To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.

MuniNet Guide

MuniNet Guide is an online resource specializing in municipal matters, including urban affairs, public finance, and municipal bonds.  Our content and data focuses on a variety of topic areas pertaining to the public sector:  municipal bonds, state and local government, demographics, economic trends, education, employment, healthcare, housing and real estate, transportation, and utilities. 

Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Stakeholders

This guide provides a first and preliminary attempt to explain how countries, regions, cities, or sectors might start the process of operationalizing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. As underscored, creative problem solving and intensive discussions among key stakeholders are required at local, national, regional, and global levels to make the SDGs a reality by 2030. 

Press Release – COP21. ICLEI Welcomes the Landmark Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015

[PARIS, 12 December 2015] The unanimously approved Paris Agreement strives to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, with the intent to pursue a 1.5-degree target. Through this Agreement, local and subnational governments are recognized as essential actors in fast tracking transformative action in the urban world.

SDGs, the COP21 and Cities

ICLEI has prepared useful briefing sheets about the SDGs and cities, as well as a series about local climate action and advocacy (for the COP21).  They are now online here.  

Local Governments and the Sharing Economy

Local governments are faced with a tsunami of Sharing Economy activities. This roadmap helps local governments across North America strategically engage to foster more sustainable cities. It's also useful to audiences including city staff, local politicians, sustainability practitioners and Sharing Economy innovators, Sharing Economy critics and supporters.

Victoria Transport Policy Institute

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transportation problems. The VTPI website (http://www.vtpi.org ) has many excellent resources addressing a wide range of transport planning and policy issues. VTPI also provides consulting services.

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