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Procurement message from Industrial Cities delivered to COP23

23 November 2017

Seven messages developed at a city-region climate conference held in Essen (Germany) have been delivered to the UN Climate Change Secretariat and at a COP23 event on cities with industrial legacies transitioning towards sustainability. The TWINS Conference Ruhr – Cities in Climate Change met from 6-8 November to discuss urban transitions towards sustainability allow industrial legacy cities to create vibrant, green economies and healthy local environments.

Among the environmental topics discussed in ‘world café’ style workshops on 7 November was how sustainable procurement and finance models could underpin cities’ transitions to sustainability. This workshop, facilitated by Philip Tepper from ICLEI’s Sustainable Economy and Procurement team, explored the public procurement challenges and opportunities for industrial cities. One of the TWINS Conference’s seven main messages delivered to COP23 on 9 November was that “Public authorities should be role models by internalizing the social and environmental costs when doing public procurement.”

The seven key messages were presented to Dhirendra Kumar of the UN Climate Change Secretariat by Karola Geiß-Netthöfel of the Ruhr Regional Association and Monika Zimmerman, Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI’s Secretary General Gino van Begin also presented the messages to an official side-event of COP23, Cities in Transition – industrial legacy for a low carbon future.

For more information, visit the TWINS conference website.