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Learning from the urban transformation journey of second cities

When facing economic challenges, many second and intermediary cities around the globe are taking a partnered approach to their urban transformation. Australian city Geelong recently stepped out on an international study to learn from others, with research support from the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. The resultant report “Winning… View Article

Colombo innovating with agro-industrial economic development

When Colombo made the commitment to the 10 Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in September 2015, the city acknowledged the work that would be required to build a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future. Now, just one year later, Colombo has become an Innovating level city, addressing these challenges through a multi-sectoral sustainable and inclusive economic development project…. View Article

2017 UNAA Climate Collaboration Forum

Incorporating the World Environment Day Awards Climate Action Awards When: Wednesday 7 June 2017 Where: Jasper Hotel, Elizabeth St, Melbourne The 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement requires states to progressively “mobilise stronger and more ambitious action by all stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, cities and subnational authorities, local governments and indigenous peoples”. In… View Article

UNAAV free panel on climate change

The United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) invites you to attend a free panel discussion on: Climate Change – post COP 22 and the US election International leaders are currently in Morocco beginning preparations for the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. The COP 22 meeting is also discussing ways to encourage actions… View Article

APEC Calls for Energy Smart Case Submissions

Deadline for Submissions: 15 December 2016 Energy officials from the 21 APEC member economies, the world’s largest producers and consumers of energy, are welcoming public and private sector case submissions for the 2016 APEC Energy Smart Community Initiative Best Practice Awards. The award program spotlights successful efforts within APEC economies to promote the grassroots use… View Article

Water Council CEO and President leads dialogues in Victoria, Australia

The United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme recently welcomed Dean Amhaus, CEO and President of The Water Council to Melbourne for a series of activities and events centred on the value of clustering, inter-sectoral collaboration and taking a water-centric approach to cities. The Water Council is headquartered in the Global Water Centre in Milwaukee,… View Article
Dr Karyn Bosomworth, Dr Yolande Strengers and Dr Larissa Nicholls.

Global Advisor Awarded for Climate Change Research

Cities Programme global advisor and leader of the Climate Change and Resilience research program at the RMIT Centre for Urban Research (CUR) Dr Karyn Bosomworth has been recognised by RMIT University for her outstanding research contributions and industry collaboration. Bosomworth took home one award and a grant: The Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact – Early Career… View Article

Youth perspective of Habitat III

Four Australian university students had the opportunity to attend Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development which happens every twenty years. This was through an initiative that allows young people to gain insight and experience of events of global significance, Global Voices. Global Voices funds delegations and offers practical experiences to young… View Article