Cities and the Ethical Turn: Cities and Climate Change

Pictured: The Metro Station University of Chile, the most extensive Metro Network in South America, powered by 60% renewable energy. Sadly 80 stations have been destroyed in the recent protests. About Santiago’s Metro. The words ethics and cities have recently been combined by philosophers and urbanists to focus on a […]

Leeuwarden becomes a global goals municipality

Coinciding with the SDG summit under the auspice of the UN General Assembly last month, The City of Leeuwarden was making its own commitments to further the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] at the local level. The City of Leeuwarden became an innovating city with the UN Global Compact – Cities […]

A European week through the eyes of the future

This article is an opinion piece written by Javier Cortes, Head of Local Engagement with the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, that first appeared in the online public journal of Portuguese daily newspaper, Público. Read the original article in Portuguese here. These days we are celebrating the 18th edition of European […]

Five liveability challenges Melbourne and Bangkok must face together

In 2017, the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme began partnering on a project with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, facilitating an Urban Liveability and Resilience Program focused on knowledge building and exchange. Two years on, what can Melbourne and Bangkok learn from each other to improve liveability and wellbeing for […]

Cities at the heart of discussions at the 2019 High Level Political Forum

On the 9-18 July, leaders gathered in New York for the 2019 High Level Political Forum [HLPF] under the auspice of Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The thematic explored in 2019 was “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” which focused on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 […]