ICLEI delivers ecoBUDGET training at World Urban Forum 5

ICLEI’s International Training Centre (ITC), presented a training event entitled "How cities approach ecosystems and poverty with ecoBUDGET", to a packed room at this year’s World Urban Forum 5. The event, led by Monika Zimmermann, director of the ITC, looked to introduce the ecoBUDGET system and discuss how to integrate ecosystems and poverty alleviation into city development strategies.

The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations (UN), to examine the problems of rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The theme of this year’s forum was "The Right to the City", with participants from all levels of society coming together in one of the most open gatherings of its kind on the international stage. 

The ecoBUDGET training event at the Forum was a result of a partnership formed between ICLEI and UN-HABITAT at last year’s ICLEI World Congress in Edmonton (Canada).  Case studies from ICLEI member cities Växjö (Sweden) and Tubigon (Philippines) were used to show the process of implementing ecoBUDGET and its impact on the cities in question. For more information about the Forum, click here.

October 2009 - DREAMS come true: new Europe-Asia cooperation project on ecoBUDGET starts!

The European External Aid Programme EuropeAid has approved the co-funding of the project "Realising DReAMS (Development of Resources and Access to Municipal Services) for South- and Southeast-Asian Local Authorities". After the successful cooperation within the project ecoBudget – Asia (2005-2007) the local authorities of Bologna (I), Växjö (S), Guntur (India) and Bohol (Philippines) will continue their partnership with ICLEI Europe and ICLEI Asia, combining ecoBUDGET and the Poverty Database Monitoring System (PDMS). Three more local authorities from least developed countries (Thimphu in Buthan, Rajshahi in Bangladesh and Stung Treng in Cambodia) will take also part in the project. Main objective of DREAMS is poverty alleviation through a better managing of natural resources at local level, also comprising awareness generation and capacity building at different layers of the community. The project will last until 2012.

June 2009 - ecoBUDGET partnership launched at ICLEI World Congress 2009

The new ecoBudget - Introduction for Mayors and Councillors guide was jointly launched in Edmonton, Canada by ICLEI, UNEP and UN-HABITAT during ICLEI World Congress 2009 - Connecting Leaders. The guide is available in the Resources section

The session ecoBUDGET - budgeting for sustainability, featuring representatives from ICLEI, UN-HABITAT and City of Vaexjoe, Sweden, focused on ecoBUDGET's potential to support local sustainability in both developing and developed countries. ICLEI members shared activities and achievements over the past years, reviewed progress, transfered information and exchanged ideas. According to UN-HABITAT and UNEP, ecoBUDGET offers an integrated approach to environmental governance, contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. For more information on ICLEI World Congress 2009, click here.

February 2009 - Kaiserslautern ratifies Master Budget 2009

In the City of Kaiserslautern (Germany), the council has approved the 2009 ecoBUDGET master budget, and it has also unanimously decided to sign the Aalborg Commitments. The signing ceremony, which saw more than 145 participants, kicked-off the Future Initiative Kaiserslautern 2020, a process leading to a new Leitbild, a new "vision" for Kaiserslautern. Click here for more information (in German).

January 2009 - Bologna presents its Master Budget 2009

The City of Bologna (Italy) has recently presented the Master Budget 2009 (Bilancio ambientale preventivo) to the Environmental Committee. A positive discussion took place both on the ecoBUDGET system and on the measures to be implemented. Deputy Mayor Anna Patullo stated she was very proud of the high level of the political debate and Environmental Committee President Paolo Natali invited future politicians to reaffirm and strengthen their commitment towards ecoBUDGET. Click here to download it (in Italian).

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