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Parana recognised for partnership for development at WFO 2017

The State of Parana was presented with the Partnership for Development award at the World Family Summit 2017 . This  honour is welcomed by the Cities Programme, which supported the creation of a Cities Programme office for the Southern Region of Brazil in October. “By adopting the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as… View Article

 Why is housing so critical?

Homelessness is an ongoing concern in major urban areas around Australia despite numerous government policies targeted at combating the problem so what difference is affordable long term community housing making in the lives of people who have experienced homelessness? In 2016, Cities Programme Research Associate and RMIT Tutor, Shai Diner, embarked on a seven month research… View Article

Young kiwis’ solutions for New Zealand cities

How can we reduce waste and better care for the wealth of our waterways? It didn’t take long for 20 or so New Zealand school kids aged 11 to 13 taking part in the Rotorua Youth Forum facilitated by our Chair Michael Nolan, in New Zealand to deliver a series of workshops for metro, regional… View Article

Māori culture inspires upgrades to Rotorua’s Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Rotorua community continues to inspire with its remarkable culturally aware and respectful approach collaboration and projects. Rotorua Lakes Council and Central North Island (CNI) Iwi Collective (CNI) have made a commitment to end spraying treated wastewater in Whakarewarewa Forest by 2019 by upgrading the Wastewater Treatment Plant to handle more than 70 million litres… View Article

Making Santa Lucija – Malta’s Garden Town – Sustainable and Green

Santa Lucija’s mission to establish a green town was given a boost recently through its membership of both the Covenant of Mayors and the UN Global Cities Programme. At a recent Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, held in Brussels in November 2017,  Fredrick Cutajar, Vice-Mayor of Santa Lucija, spoke of its “Action Plan… View Article

Gathering of associates leads us into the new year

Despite the some seriously warm November weather and a last minute change of venue the Cities Programme End of Year Gathering with our associates and friends was a sound success. On 22nd November a group of some 35 Urban Scholars, Global Advisors and other urban academics from RMIT and beyond came together to meet, network… View Article

Global Compact calls High-Level Meeting for Latin America in Quito

The state of Paraná’s leadership in SDG integration was recognised this week at a gathering of leaders from across Latin America. Escalating efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the United Nations Global Compact together with Global Compact Local Network Ecuador called a High-Level meeting to mobilise multi sectoral collaboration in Latin America to… View Article

And now – the Southern Brazil Centre launch!

Hot on the heels of the opening of our Regional Office at the University of São Paulo is the launch of our first Centre – for the Southern Region of Brazil – in Curitiba. Connected to the Regional Office at USP, this is the first step in establishing the hub and spoke system for a… View Article

Curitiba commits to United Nations Global Compact and SDGs

We are delighted to announce the commitment of Curitiba, the capital of Paraná to the United Nations Global Compact and our Cities Programme. In a ceremony at the Salão Brasil at the City Hall on 31 October 2017, Curitiba’s Mayor, Prefeito Rafael Greca signed the letter to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, committing… View Article

Our First Regional Office is Open!

We are excited to announce that our first regional office has been officially launched. United Nations Day – Tuesday 24 October 2017 –  marked the official opening of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme Regional Office at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil. The inauguration was marked by a stellar list of presenters and attendees… View Article