Ivan Erre Jota

3 Dec 2013
Medellin, ‘World’s Most Innovative City’ joins fast growing number of the Cities Programme’s Latin American cities

Over the past two years, there has been a significant growth in the number of Latin American cities joining the Global Compact Cities Programme, the most recent being the second largest city in Colombia, Medellín, Municipio de Queretaro (Mexico), Municipio de San Isidro (Argentina) and Prefeitura Municipal de Foz Iguaçu (Brazil).

Eighteen cities from South America have joined the Cities Programme since the start of 2012. It is an encouraging trend that Latin American cities aim to promote and adopt the Ten principles of the UN Global Compact, and enhance sustainability, resilience, diversity and adaptation in the face of complex urban challenges.

Part of the growth, particularly in Brazil, can be attributed to the establishment of state-wide sustainability alliances that are building networks of participant cities and utilising the cross-sectoral model of Cities Programme to harness resources and expertise on a regional level.

The Sustainability Alliance model began with Aliança Paraná Sustentável which was launched by the Governor of Paraná, Beto Richa at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum.

Aliança Mato Grosso Sustentável was recently  launched at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York.

Newest city, Medellín

Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city is the most recent South America city to commit to the Global Compact. Medellin is regarded as modern and vibrant, it is one of the most fast growing cities in the region.  It has made great advances in politics, education, and social development, which recently earned it the title of the Most Innovative City in the world in 2013. The city has significantly reduced crime rates and has been called a trail blazer for economic growth in the country. It also recognises the challenges in ensuring all benefit from this growth and bridging the inequity divide is central to all urban development initiatives.

Medellín’s community based development strategy ensures that future development outcomes are sustainable, fair and moves towards the eradication of poverty. Creativity, innovation and inclusive development attributes to building prosperity to the city of Medellin. The city has also recently been recognised as the preferred corporate business destination in South America.

In April 2014, Medellin will host the seventh World Urban Forum.

Cinturón Verde Metropolitano (Metropolitan Green Belt ) – Jardín Circunvalar de Medellín 

El Parque Rio (The River Park), Medellin