If cities are going to balance the patterns of human life and both the built and natural environments, then they are going to need integrated solutions which guide sustainable urban development.

ICLEI, the global network of more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development, has outlined 5 pathways towards low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient, and circular development that is designed to create systemic change.

If you missed the ICLEI World Congress virtual launch this past week (and fear you missed out – you did!), never fear, we’ve collected some of our favorite quotes, takeaways, and ideas from all of the sessions. 

The ICLEI World Congress virtual launch provided a unique opportunity for local and regional governments to come together to celebrate and recognize the critical contributions of cities, towns, and regions toward a sustainable future.

You can watch all of the session replays here

Here are a few of our favorite interactions, broken down by the 5 ICLEI Pathways of low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient, and circular development:

Low Emission




Circular development 


Finally, the biggest “don’t miss” comes from the  ICLEI Malmö Commitment and Strategic Vision 2021-2027 that was adopted by ICLEI Membership. The document lays out how the ICLEI network will advance sustainable urban development for the next six years, locally and globally, in an era where the local, regional, and national governments are continuing to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, while advancing urgent action on climate, nature, land and health. 

Watch the recordings of all six sessions from the ICLEI World Congress Virtual Launch: worldcongress.iclei.org/program/virtual-launch/

Register for the 2022 ICLEI World Congress in Malmö, Sweden: worldcongress.iclei.org/

Shareable is partnering with ICLEI on a special series to cover the 2021-2022 World Congress. All articles can be found here: www.shareable.net/iclei-world-congress-2021-2022/

Elizabeth Carr


Elizabeth Carr |

Elizabeth Carr is a marathoner, journalist, triathlete, coffee connoisseur, wife, mother, and writer turned non-profit fundraising expert. Her background in the nonprofit world comes from working with advocacy groups in