19 May 2017
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 to use the City Scan as a central tool around which to develop the city’s sustainability plan, the the Rotorua Sustainable Living Strategy. Working through a multi-sector Sustainability Committee, Rotorua took the data gathered from the diagnostic to engage the community in their city’s sustainability planning process and to inform the plan’s development.

Rotorua has recently produced a video in which Mayor Steve Chadwick talks about her city’s experience as a Leading level participant of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and the city’s journey, challenges and achievements which include the unique governance partnership with the Maori Te Arawa.

This video was recently presented to the whole United Nation Global Compact’s international community at the Making Global Goals Local Business Forum in India as part of Michael Nolan’s Smart Cities panel with the India Global Compact Local Network.

However, they don’t like to sit still in New Zealand, despite their lush surrounds. Rotorua Lakes Council has since extended their UN engagement to embracing the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles. See New Zealand media coverage of the event with the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce and Zonta Club.

The city recently submitted their Leading City Communication on Engagement. It is inspiring reading.

Last week, Jane Mullett was delighted to take on the role of Cities Programme relationship manager for Rotorua and will support Rotorua to engage other New Zealand cities in a collaborative approach to urban sustainability and to support the city to develop a climate action plan. A number of big projects are in the pipeline, so watch this space…

For background you may also want to view the initial video on Rotorua which was developed by Rosemary Viskovic.

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