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Habitat III Networking Event with Ecuador Local Network

UN Habitat III brought together a mix of experienced urban and cross-cutting issue practitioners with local, national and international leadership. This world conference on human settlements ran from 16-20 October 2016 and was instrumental in consolidating the New Urban Agenda, a document that defines all future lines of action in regards to the urban context for the 17 UN Sustainable… View Article


Today the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and RMIT University launched a first-of-its-kind ‘Ethical Cities’ open online course at the United Nations’ 20 year conference for sustainable cities with the aim of connecting people around the world with ethical concepts and practices for cities. The Ethical Cities course is a principle-based collaborative approach that engages… View Article

Podcast: Academic Council of the United Nations System

Alistair Edgar from the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS) recently interviewed Michael Nolan, Chair of the Cities Programme, about the Melbourne Model and strategies for furthering sustainability. Drawing on examples of cross-sectoral collaboration, Michael elaborates on the benefits of building trust across sectors. The original interview can be found on ACUNS‘ website.

Bushfires the number one hazard for Tasmanians

Originally published on The Conversation – 15 September 2016 Authors: Alexei Trundle, Darryn McEvoy, Christopher J. White, Stuart Corney and Tomas Remenyl Tasmania has had a damaging year, with the island state hit by a series of bushfires and floods. Now a comprehensive new assessment of Tasmania’s exposure to natural disasters shows that bushfire remains the… View Article

Habitat III, Quito

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference that will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October 2016. It centres on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda and builds on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. In the lead up to Habitat III the Cities Programme hosted a networking and side event at PrepCom3 in Surabaya. At… View Article

The New Urban Agenda: an update

Originally published on The Conversation – 12 September 2016 Author: Brendan Barrett See event details for Habitat III Having run the diplomatic equivalent of a cross-country marathon, there was concern that negotiations on the New Urban Agenda might trip at the final hurdle. Three days of talks were needed, with negotiations continuing long into the night… View Article
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Puerto Rico: El Caño Martín Peña leadership

With our Puerto Rican Global Compact partners and friends we are proud to be supporting the el Caño Martín Peña community, organised as the G8,  and the Corporación del Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña, the development authority that works with and for them. Their many years of hard work, advocacy and innovation will soon to be recognised internationally. The… View Article

Sustainable housing’s expensive, right? Not when you look at the whole equation

Originally published on The Conversation – 25 August 2016 Authors: Trivess Moore, Cecily Maller, Ralph Horne and Yolande Strengers Low-energy or zero-energy housing is international best practice, but is still considered costly. Part of the problem is that studies of housing standards typically use only cost-benefit analysis to assess their value, and so often wrongly… View Article
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Municipalities in Paraná and São Paulo come together for sustainable tourism

Municipalities are gathering together across the interior of Brazilian states of São Paulo and Paraná to collectively advance their economies and communities. This is being supported by both state governments and is developing to be a major, multi-city Innovating project of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Commitments are being sought for the creation… View Article

Cities Programme welcomes Bangangté

“Nobility, Dignity and Elegance” – motto of Bangangté This month we had the pleasure of speaking to the Commune of Bangangté‘s mayor, Celestine Ketcha Courtes, about the French-speaking, West Cameroonian city’s recent commitment to the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Culture With a population of 200,000, Bangangté’s main ethnic group is Bamiléké (representing most villages). However, seven traditional kingdoms… View Article