11 Aug 2014
New Mayor of Quito Commits to the Global Compact and to Address Climate Change

Sustainability is built on partnerships – Capital of Ecuador works with Ecuadorian Local Network and the Cities Programme.

At a public awards ceremony to recognize local businesses tracking carbon footprints with positive results, the Mayor of Ecuador’s capital city, Mauricio Rodas announced Quito’s commitment to the United Nations Global Compact.

In his remarks, Alcalde Mauricio Rodas stressed the accountability of cities to develop innovative solutions that address the major issues caused by climate change.

Quito’s commitment to the Cities Programme is part of the city’s plan to reduce its carbon footprint and to establish itself as a sustainable city.

The mayor went on to say that he intends to take Quito to the Leading level of the Cities Programme as part of these efforts.

Quito = Sustainable City’ is a vital proposal that sets the foundation for resilient and low in carbon development, strives for equilibrium at the territorial level, and establishes priorities for the well being of the population.

The vision of a Sustainable Quito involves projects around:

  • sustainable transportation,
  • renewable energies,
  • solid waste management,
  • preservation of natural areas and
  • public-private collaboration.

Dagmar Thiel,  President of the Ecuadorian Global Compact Local Network also celebrated Quito’s public commitment and invited other local and regional municipalities in Ecuador to join the global movement in support of sustainable development. She has been working in close collaboration with the Cities Programme International Secretariat, and Quito’s Environment Secretary and staff over recent months. Dagmar and her team are committed to bringing more Ecuadorian cities to the Global Compact to work together, based on the ten principles and a commitment to environmental and social sustainability.

Incoming Director of the Cities Programme, Professor Ralph Horne is impressed with Quito´s drive, leadership and willingness to collaborate:

¨Quito have been clear from the outset that they want concrete and meaningful engagement with the Global Compact. Their stand on the environment principles is grounded and their approach is holistic and integrated. Quito’s environmental leaders know they need to bring the rest of the city along with them – business, citizens, civil society, other parts of government. It reflects the complexity of our cities and the will that is required to bring about much needed changes in thinking and practice¨.

Quito, in their openness to collaborate and exchange on innovative practice have recently been in conversation with leading Global Compact city, Milwaukee in the USA. This is one of the advantages of the Global Compact network, cross-sectoral and transnational connectedness with shared values, principles and experiences.