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Roadmap for Sustainable and Liveable Urban Communities  

Opening in Melbourne last week at the Convention Centre the Ecocity World Summit, one of the most globally significant forums for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity in a rapidly urbanising world, put the creation of ecocities on the agenda as a high priority for humans to continue living in a sustainable world. Bringing together academics,… View Article

Transforming Dundee, Scotland: An evening with Mike Galloway

How did a small Scottish city in decline transform itself into a cultural hub and the United Kingdom’s first UNESCO City of Design? In Australia, as part of the Committee for Geelong “Winning from Second” International Speaker Series, Galloway spoke about Dundee’s collaborative transformation. “The city’s achievements are due to its partnerships with all levels… View Article

Collaboration for effective H2020 bids

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the major funding opportunity for innovation in Europe but how can cities win the fierce competition for funding? In an environment where only excellent proposals get funded, Chair, Michael Nolan, facilitating the recent Cities Programme and RMIT Europe – H2020 effective bids webinar – highlighted the importance of cities engaging in… View Article

Calling all cities – share climate innovation

Share your city’s innovation on climate resilient urban development practices on this special edition of Sustainability. This upcoming special issue highlights how cities and their communities are responding to climate resilience and development challenges in new and innovative ways. It provides both academic and practical evidence drawn from across the world. To share your innovation submit your manuscript… View Article

‘Breakthrough Innovation’ is fostering action for SDGs

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a global imperative. They have become a guiding light for corporations, as well as nations across the world with many CEOs ranking the SDGs high on their agenda. But how can awareness be turned into action? Senior Manager of Innovation at the UN Global Compact Rosedel Davies-Adewebi, live… View Article
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Bangkok and Melbourne collaborate on liveability and resilience

How can we incorporate liveability and urban resilience into future city development? That’s what 22 Bangkok city leaders gathered in Melbourne for two weeks of knowledge sharing with 19 Victorian organisations set to find out. When the leading officials from the capital of Thailand’s government, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), embarked on a two-week packed capacity… View Article

San Francisco’s leadership on collaborative climate action

The US might be out of the Paris Agreement but San Francisco, a city leader on climate action, is standing firm. President Trump’s rejection of the Paris Agreement, on June 1, even coming as no surprise still sent shock waves throughout the world but his withdrawal of the US from it did not weaken over… View Article
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Rotorua moves forward on Sustainability and Women’s Empowerment

Joining the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme in 2015, Rotorua Lakes Council has made big strides in its engagement with the United Nations Global Compact, the Ten Principles, our Cities Programme and the city’s local and regional community. New Zealanders are certainly busy folk. A Leading level city, Rotorua was one of the first cities… View Article

Melbourne hosts New Urban Agenda Conference

Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, opened the recent New Urban Agenda (NUA) Conference in Melbourne (4 to 5 May 2017). This first gathering for the NUA in the Southern Hemisphere brought together a wide range of stakeholders from government, business, civil society and academia to raise awareness about the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development… View Article