26 August 2015
Australian Launch of the Guide to the Global Compact for Local Governments
The Cities Programme hosted a celebratory and informative event to mark the Australian launch the English language version of the ´Guide to the Global Compact for Local Governments´ and the next stage of new growth and direction for Cities Programme – 2014 to 2019. The launch was held on Tuesday, 26th August 2014 in the Council Chambers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
We were privileged to have the Consul General of Chile in Melbourne, Diego Velasco von-Pilgrimm launch the ‘Guide to the Global Compact for Local Governments’. The Consul General spoke passionately about the role of cities in addressing critical global issues, using the example of water – with cities being the largest collector, user and manager of this precious resource. He said:
“City governments have a very important role to play in the future of our planet”.
The Consul General spoke of the importance of engaging the world’s business community in driving the sustainability agenda and commended the Global Compact and its Cities Programme. As a diplomat representative of Latin America, the Consul General was pleased and proud to launch this publication whose roots are in his home continent. He praised the authors and collaborators for their vision and initiative in developing a practical guide for city administrators and municipal leaders: ICMA-Latin America; the Regional Centre for the support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean; and Fundació Fórum Universal de les Cultures.
The Guide Launch provided a valuable opportunity for inter-sectoral discussion. Martin Brennan, Regional Director, ICLEI Oceania commended the publication and spoke of the importance of the international urban agencies cooperating and sharing resources and networks.
The Guide to the Global Compact for Local Governments
The original publication, Guía del Pacto Mundial para Gobiernos Locales Convirtiendo el-Pacto Mundial en fuente de Buenas Prácticas was developed for the Latin American city participants of the United Nations Global Compact and was launched in Bogotá, Colombia in August 2013 in an event hosted by el Centro Regional de Apoyo de Pacto Global para America Latina y el Caribe.
The guide was designed to assist local governments and their public entities in the implementation of the Global Compact, particularly for establishing programmes and actions with concrete achievements around the Ten Principles and its four main themes of human rights, labour, the environment and anti corruption.
In 2014, the Cities Programme, in its partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Centre for the Support of the Global Compact (Centro Regional de Apoyo de Pacto Global para America Latina y el Caribe) undertook the task of developing an english language version of the original spanish language publication to enable a wider international uptake of this valuable document. Sandra Moye translated the original spanish Guia, Melissa Postma designed the new layout and Zulaikha Shihab supported the project management.
The original publication was developed by a broad range of city stakeholders across Latin America. We offer special acknowledgement to the lead original authors at IMCA LatinoAmerica, and the support of Fundacio Forum de les Cultures, Barcelona and el Centro Regional de Apoyo de Pacto Global para America Latina y el Caribe.
In recognition of its Latin American roots, the english language version of the Guide to the Global Compact for Local Governments features the photography of Gerardo Borbolla, leading Mexican photographer.
The English language version of the ‘Guide to the Global Compact for Local Governments’ was developed and published with the financial support of RMIT University.