The Urban-LEDS II project addresses integrated low emission and resilient development in more than 60 cities in 8 countries: Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa (from Phase I) and countries added in Phase II: Bangladesh, Colombia, Lao PDR and Rwanda. In addition to these countries, 16 European cities will act as source cities and support peer-to-peer exchange and cooperation.


ICLEI and UN-Habitat work directly with cities to accelerate the low-emission development process. Peer-to-peer exchanges allow cities to learn from each other’s challenges and successes. In parallel, vertical integration of climate efforts among different levels of government provide sustainable benefits at the local and national level with impacts seen globally.

City support

Selected cities receive tailor-made guidance and capacity building to consolidate or develop comprehensive Urban LEDS and integrated climate action plans using ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities (GCC) methodology. City climate strategies are integrated into existing development plans and processes, while new policies/laws necessary for the implementation of these strategies are identified.

An Urban Low Emissions Development Strategy (Urban LEDS) defines a pathway to transition a city to a low emission, resilient, green, and inclusive urban economy, through its integration into existing city development plans and processes. Although the name of the strategy may be different city to city, the intent of the development remains the same.


These are the project objectives of Urban-LEDS phase II. Please refer to Achievements of phase I to see what happened between 2012 and 2015.

January 13, 2022

How Rwanda is making its cities resilient and providing its people with secure, healthy futures

Rwanda has ambitious plans for taking climate action and its cities are feeding into these plans with tangible actions that will not only contribute to the […]
December 14, 2021

Outcomes of LED Lab in Brazil: Energy Efficiency and Solar PV projects implemented

In order to form a laboratory for financing climate action projects, LEDS Lab, an initiative part of the Urban-LEDS II ICLEI project, selected two Brazilian cities […]
December 10, 2021

LEDS Lab closes in Colombia with projects installed in Topaga and Envigado

The climate crisis that planet earth is facing today requires concrete, constant and coherent actions. The rapid and accelerated way in which climate change is affecting […]
November 25, 2021

Rajshahi & Narayanganj lead the way for ‘Climate Resilient’ urban development in Bangladesh through Climate Action Plans and demonstrative actions

In line with national priorities, the cities of Rajshahi and Narayanganj, have made significant strides towards advancing low emission and climate resilient development to bring down […]
November 17, 2021

Colombia advances in the integration of climate change into National Urban Policies, with technical assistance from Urban-LEDS and UN-Habitat’s guiding frameworks

Colombia is moving forward in the integration of climate change priorities into their new National Urban Policy, with a special focus on enhancing multi-level governance structures […]
November 12, 2021

Bogor City puts up community-scale waste management pilot project using hydro-pyrolysis technology

The Urban-LEDS II Project supported  Bogor City in managing municipal solid waste at the community level through hydro-pyrolysis technology. This technology aims to reduce greenhouse gases—particularly methane gas—generated by the waste sector, […]
November 12, 2021

Bogor City uses domestic waste to generate clean energy for cooking

Through the Urban-LEDS II Project in collaboration with the ICLEI Indonesia Office, the City Government of Bogor continues to support Indonesia in the country’s drive to […]
November 4, 2021

Lao cities formally adopt climate action plans during Urban LEDS II closing workshop

The ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS), in partnership with UN-Habitat, organized a two-day Final Project Workshop last 26-27 October 2021 […]