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Second round of the ‘Ethical Cities’ MOOC starts April

Originally launched on 14 November 2016, the Ethical Cities Massive Open Online Course is now open for registration in its second round, which commences 4 April. This five-week interactive course attracted a massive 1,200 participants in its first run, ending on 16 December. Produced by the Cities Programme and RMIT University, and hosted by FutureLearn platform, the MOOC engaged students from… View Article

Transparency and social equality in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa

This January, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Basque province of Gipuzkoa to the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, a region whose commitment aligns to goals of social equity, sustainable industrial development, good governance, transparency and accountability. As part of the autonomous community of the Basque Country in northern Spain and with a… View Article

Dr Joan Clos to open New Urban Agenda Conference

The New Urban Agenda Conference announced last week that Dr Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Habitat, will open the conference: Implementing the New Urban Agenda: making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The event will be held 4-5 May 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Victoria. The event is presented by RMIT… View Article
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2017 100RC Melbourne Network Exchange

The 2017 Melbourne Network Exchange brought together resilience teams from 100 Resilient Cities member cities Melbourne, Boulder, Durban, New Orleans and Semarang in a three-day event: Urban Biodiversity and City Resilience. Drawing on four Living Laboratory Sites—Western Water Treatment Plant, Wyndham City Council, Brimbank City Council and Banyule City Council—specialists delivered their expertise and insights into… View Article
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Launch of guide for city governments to foster CSR

The work of Global Compact leading cities –  Oslo, Melbourne and Leeuwarden – with their cities’ private sector has provided valuable case studies for a recently published guide on social and environmental corporate responsibility. Developed by Helen Scott, Cities Programme Research Associate and PhD Candidate with RMIT, the “Local Government Guide to Fostering Corporate Responsibility” offers a… View Article

Collaborative approaches to global urban sustainable development

As part of the World Urban Campaign and Australian Sustainable Living Festival, the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme hosted a forum and panel event on How to make public private partnerships work for urban sustainable development – challenges and successes.  Held on Wednesday 8 February at RMIT University, the panel was facilitated by UN Global Compact… View Article

Angra Doce moves forward

Much progress is being made with the Brazilian Innovating project, Angra Doce, the large territorial sustainable tourism development that is a collaboration between the Paraná and Saõ Paulo governments, fifteen municipalities, the private sector, academia and the community. The 7th regional meeting of partners was recently held in Ourinhous. There were presentations from: Federal Deputy,… View Article

UNDP launches online course on migration

Cities Programme Chair Michael Nolan recently met with the Programme Manager for the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) from the Brussels Office of UNDP, Cecile Riallant. Their discussion highlighted important overlaps that exist between the two programmes, primarily surrounding migration as an area of interest. JMDI have launched a free yet comprehensive e-learning course on… View Article

Seminars to advance the New Urban Agenda and SDGs in Curitiba

A number of key Cities Programme partners in Brazil recently conducted seminars to raise awareness about the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. This was part of the agenda for the visit of Deputy Director, Elizabeth Ryan, coordinated by Rosane de Souza. CAU-PR  – Council of Architects and Urbanists – Paraná Date: 27… View Article

Launch of the report on Porto Alegre’s Innovative Network model

The long awaited research report on Chocolatão and the innovative cross-sectoral networks of Porto Alegre was recently presented to the city’s Mayor, Prefeito Jose Fortunati, bringing with it a refined development process model for cross-sectoral, participatory collaborative networks and a wealth of new achievement and impact. The ‘Sustainability and Citizenship Networks of Porto Alegre – and the… View Article