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PROCURING SUSTAINABLY, LEADING GLOBALLY

ABOUT THE NETWORK

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is a group of 14 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement. All participating cities are acting as ambassadors of sustainable procurement to lead to a resource efficient, low carbon and socially responsible society.

For more information, download the GLCN ON SP brochure.

Who are we?

Seoul (Republic of Korea) - Chair of the Network -, Auckland (New Zealand), Budapest (Hungary), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Cape Town (South Africa), Denver (United States), Ghent (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), Montréal (Canada), Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Tshwane (South Africa), Quezon City (Philippines) and Warsaw (Poland), we are the fourteen cities that are part of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. We are are taking an exemplary role globally by purchasing sustainably and setting ambitious targets.

ICLEI acts as co-ordinator of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. Building on its 20 years of experience on sustainable procurement, ICLEI is supporting the Network cities in our target setting, implementation and monitoring of measures.

Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) has welcomed the initiative and is looking forward to its integration in the 10YFP on SPP Programme.

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WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?

As leading cities, we want to accelerate the implementation of sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation worldwide. We form a unified voice within the international community to raise awareness and foster sustainable development.

Our aim is to meet, share and develop capabilities to implement sustainable purchasing practices, as well as to help develop a supportive political framework for implementation.

By taking smart procurement decisions, we can reduce negative environmental impacts, achieve financial efficiency, encourage innovation, boost green jobs, and strengthen labor rights.

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WHY SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT?

Procurement makes up a significant proportion of public expenditure. According to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), an average of 15 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) is spent through public procurement systems each year, amounting to over $10 trillion.

By introducing sustainable criteria, an organization makes sure that the products and services bought achieve value for money and generate environmental, societal and economic benefits.

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publications

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is producing a series of publications, presentations and other tools of interest for public authorities implementing sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation practices.


COMMITMENTS

Cities participating in the Network are leading by example globally in sustainable procurement implementation.

We have committed to:

  • Set ambitious, quantified targets on SPP
  • Report on our achievements
  • Act as global and regional champions of SPP

We are currently working on the establishment of these clear and measurable targets, which will be announced before the end of 2016.


News

Buenos Aires, the latest city to join the GLCN on SP
Buenos Aires, the latest city to join the GLCN on SP
Buenos Aires, the latest city to join the GLCN on SP

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement has welcomed a new city as part of the initiative: Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. With this new incorporation, a total of 14 cities are now part of the GLCN on SP, championing sustainable procurement globally, and setting ambitious and quantified targets on SPP that can serve as inspiration for other local and ...

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Buenos Aires, the latest city to join the GLCN on SP

8 August 2016

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement has welcomed a new city as part of the initiative: Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. With this new incorporation, a total of 14 cities are now part of the GLCN on SP, championing sustainable procurement globally, and setting ambitious and quantified targets on SPP that can serve as inspiration for other local and regional governments.

The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires is the largest and most populated city in Argentina. Its conurbation population is about 13 million people. The city has over 1050 green spaces.

Some years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency of Buenos Aires, together with ICLEI, issued a manual on sustainable public procurement, including information about the concept, its history, its relevance, possible barriers and obstacles, and the benefits it entails. During the last years, local authorities have focused on the sustainable management of packaging, as well as in the responsible consumption and purchasing of paper. Energy efficiency has been another important topic. Buenos Aires has a leadership in the region in the operational implementation of sustainable practices in public procurement.

To learn more about SPP in Buenos Aires, read this interview (in Spanish)

The 2nd Annual Summit of the GLCN on SP to take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change
The 2nd Annual Summit of the GLCN on SP to take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change
The 2nd Annual Summit of the GLCN on SP to take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will convene in Seoul, South Korea, to hold their 2nd Annual Sum ...

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The 2nd Annual Summit of the GLCN on SP to take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change

29 July 2016

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will convene in Seoul, South Korea, to hold their 2nd Annual Summit. The gathering will take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change (1-2 September 2016), which will focus on two key developments: the Compact of Mayors and its relevance to the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III.

The GLCN on SP Summit will demonstrate how sustainable public procurement is a key tool for local and regional governments to achieve environmental, economic and social benefits. It will serve as an inspirational session for other Mayors and cities attending the Forum to consider the power of sustainable procurement. The GLCN cities will present their SP commitments and actions, and encourage others to replicate strategies and policies. The inclusion of the GLCN on SP Summit within the Forum showcases the positive impact of sustainable procurement in achieving the 17 Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) , including aims such as sustainable cities and communities, and sustainable consumption and production.

The Forum is organized by Seoul Metropolitan Government, chair of the GLCN on SP, in collaboration with ICLEI. The attendance to the Forum is by invitation only.

For more information on the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change, click here

Rotterdam joins sustainable tropical timber initiative
Rotterdam joins sustainable tropical timber initiative
Rotterdam joins sustainable tropical timber initiative

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Rotterdam joins sustainable tropical timber initiative

27 July 2016

The European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) saw its membership increase during its recent conference in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), with the host city, one of the GLCN on SP cities, ending the conference by joining. ‘We aim to be the world’s most sustainable port city and we see joining the STTC as integral to that,’ said Leon Dijk, Sustainable Procurement specialist with Rotterdam City Council. Almost 100 people from across the STTC membership took part in the conference. European Timber Trade Federation Secretary General Andre de Boer told participants that there are early signs that efforts to strengthen the sustainable tropical timber market are paying off, but warned that more needs to be done to make the concept mainstream. He finished by urging companies and organisations to join the STTC.

The STTC recently launched a €2 million funding campaign to help local authorities and businesses to implement sustainable timber procurement policies. The Netherlands has been particularly active in promoting sustainable tropical timber, backing the STTC and implementing a procurement system that has seen a rise in sustainable timber market share from 13.4 percent to 74 percent. The so-called ‘Green Deal’ between the public and private sectors aims to boost sustainable timber’s market share further.

In addition to plenary sessions, the conference featured lively workshops that looked at designing sustainable procurement policies and financial instruments for driving sustainable timber markets. By stimulating demand for sustainable tropical timber, European authorities can prevent deforestation and provide a livelihood for millions of people in developing countries.

For more information on joining the STTC, contact mark.vanbenthem@probos.nl.


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Contact

To find out more about the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, contact:

ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre
c/o ICLEI European Secretariat
Mr. Mark Hidson

Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg
Germany

Telephone: +49 (0) 761 – 368 92 0
E-mail: mark.hidson@iclei.org

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