1 Oct 2014
And Seoul makes 90!
We are delighted to announce that 90 cities/states/regions have now committed to the Compact. These participants adopt and promote the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles in order to enhance sustainability, justice, diversity and resilience within cities in the face of complex urban challenges.
Its apt that the special spot of 90th has been taken up by leading global city, Seoul, South Korea’s capital and the fourth largest metropolitan economy. Seoul has a history dating back more than 2000 years, and today is a leading technology, financial and commercial hub. With over 25.6 million people, and the world’s second largest metropolitan area, the city is home to over half of South Koreans along with 632,000 international residents.
Maintaining economic growth, while creating sustainable, liveable cities for all is the emerging urban challenge facing Asia. The principle-based approach of the Global Compact is a valuable framework for cities in the face of these complex forces.
We are hoping that Seoul’s commitment will encourage other cities in the region to become Global Compact participants.
A network of cities in Asia will be instrumental in addressing emerging issues in the region, such as climate change, equity and the rapid urbanisation.
Asia is moving into an era of unprecedented urbanisation. With the Asia Development Bank predicting that another 1.1 billion people will live in the region’s cities in the next 20 years. Climate change may threaten the sustainability of water use in urban centres by reducing water availability and the quality of water from surface and groundwater sources, while water demand for household and industrial use may simultaneously increase as temperatures rise. A network of Asian city participants can work collectively to address water management and food security.
Seoul’s commitment also marks an increasing number of leading capital cities in the Global Compact Cities Programme. Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa, committed to the Global Compact in June, 2014. City leaders in Cape Town are recognising that sustainability is one of the foundations of development. This belief is shared by Quito, the capital of Ecuador, which also committed to the Compact this year. Quito’s commitment to the Cities Programme is part of the city’s plan to establish itself as a sustainable city.