Tommaso Durante

16 Jun 2015
Our ‘Cities for the Future’

Addressing the world’s critical challenges

Governance and transparency – women’s empowerment – food security – climate change – water stewardship and environmental management – poverty and inequity – sustainable economic development – the digital divide – conservation of culture and heritage – are a few of the many cross-cutting global issues being tackled by our cities and regions.

A range of leading principles-based approaches are presented in a new compendium of cases studies from Global Compact city and INGO participants, titled ‘Cities for the Future- principles-based and collaborative approaches to urban equity, sustainability and governance’.

The publication offers timely models for city leaders and decision makers whose responsibilities and challenges are growing exponentially.

With over 50% of the world’s population now living in cities - rising to 70% over the next generation – the pressure is increasing for city administrators to be political, environmental and civic leaders.

Cities Programme Director, Professor Ralph Horne outlines the social and environmental impacts of rapid urbanisation:

“Growth is characteristically accompanied by widening disparities between the rich and poor and contests over space and access to limited, fragile resources.

Cities face multiple, complex and intertwined environmental, social and governance challenges. Cities represent nearly 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. They are also vulnerable to climate change. There are now over 50 million refugees worldwide. 

There is an urgent need for initiatives to help make our cities more equitable, sustainable and accountable. To this end, our  participant cities are taking leadership”.

Our cities are demonstrating the value of cooperation over competition. Twenty one cities are represented in ‘Cities for the Future’ with thirty one case studies.

These case studies detail effective and practical ways to overcome critical global challenges on the local level and to advance the Ten Principles of the Global Compact in the urban environment. We welcome you to join them.

Feature Cities

Gratitude is extended to the participant cities and partners who contributed models and initiatives to ‘Cities for the Future’. Follow links to their case studies:

 – Barcelona, Spain

Universal Forum of Cultures – a Laboratory of Ideas

 – Bogotá, Colombia

Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

ICTs for Social Inclusion in Bogotá

Rediscur – South America’s Voice of the Cities

 – Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town and its Path to Sustainability

 Urban agriculture systems: transforming the lives of people in informal settlements

 – Central Goldfields Shire, Australia

Making Arts Central in a Regional Australian Community

 – Dubai, UAE

Transforming Dubai into a Smart City

 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Confronting Growth Challenges in Dubrovnik

 – Jamshedpur, India

Innovating and City Building in Jamshedpur

 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Water Campus Leeuwarden, Connecting Water Technology in Europe

 – Maringá, Brazil

Community Gardening in Maringá

– Medellín, Colombia

Food Security – a Core Component of a Leading City´s Transformation Agenda

 – Melbourne, Australia

Planning for Biodiversity on the Urban Fringe – Re-Imagining the Suburb

From Innovation to Sustainability in Milwaukee and Melbourne – Urban Aquaponics 

 – Milwaukee, USA

Milwaukee – Innovative World Water Hub

Milwaukee´s Blue Revolution

Democratising, Urbanizing and Globalizing Urban Agriculture in USA’s ‘Rust Belt’

From Innovation to Sustainability in Milwaukee and Melbourne – Urban Aquaponics

 – Nuremberg, Germany

Environmental Management of the Municipality of Nuremberg

 – Orlando East, South Africa (World Vision International)

Micro-Macro Economic Development

 – State of Paraná, Brazil

Social Action for Food and Nutrition Security in Paraná

A Comprehensive Approach to Urban Agriculture in Pinhais, Paraná

 – Pula, Croatia

Connecting Technology, Ethics and Transparency in Pula

 – Peñalolén, Chile

Innovative Economic Development in Peñalolén

 – Porto Alegre, Brazil

Porto Alegre – New Avenues for Democracy, Equity and Citizenship

The Trials and Transformation of Chocolatão

 – City of Querétaro, Mexico

Building Querétaro’s Competitiveness

 – Quito, Ecuador

A Sustainable Proposal from the Middle of the World

 – Santiago, Chile (TECHO and Cities Programme)

Not Just a House – Participatory Approaches to Housing and Capacity Building in Chile

 – Turkey (Global Compact Network Turkey and UN agencies)

Turkey Striving for Sustainability Through ‘Women Friendly Cities’

 – Valletta and Paola, Malta

Revitalizing Urban and Cultural Heritage in Valletta and Paola

World Vision International (Kanpur, Siliguri, India)

World Vision Advancing Just Cities for Children

‘Cities for the Future’ rolling out internationally

The Brazilian state government of Paraná, a leading Global Compact city participant, recently hosted the first launch of ‘Cities for the Future’ in Curitiba.

This was part of a ‘Liveable Cities’ event and the book was launched by the Paraná Vice-Governor, Cida Borghetti, Minister for Planning, Secretario Silvio Barros II and the Victorian Minister for Training, Skills and International Education, Steve Herbert, who was leading a Victorian Education Mission from Australia.

The next launch of ‘Cities for the Future’ is scheduled for the City of Pula in Croatia.

Others will follow in Melbourne, Australia and Barcelona, Spain.

Order Copies Now

‘Cities for the Future’ has been developed and is being distributed with the financial support of the Research and Innovation portfolio of RMIT University.

For a preview and to order copies follow this link.

Future Case Studies

Our publication of Global Compact city case studies continues, we welcome contributions, for further information please contact Deputy Director, Elizabeth Ryan:
+61 3 9925 3407