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.
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
– Bogotá, Colombia
– Cape Town, South Africa
– Central Goldfields Shire, Australia
– Dubai, UAE
– Dubrovnik, Croatia
– Jamshedpur, India
– Leeuwarden, Netherlands
– Maringá, Brazil
– Medellín, Colombia
– Melbourne, Australia
– Milwaukee, USA
– Nuremberg, Germany
– Orlando East, South Africa (World Vision International)
– State of Paraná, Brazil
– Pula, Croatia
– Peñalolén, Chile
– Porto Alegre, Brazil
– City of Querétaro, Mexico
– Quito, Ecuador
– Santiago, Chile (TECHO and Cities Programme)
– Turkey (Global Compact Network Turkey and UN agencies)
– World Vision International (Kanpur, Siliguri, India)
‘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