On 18 June the Rio+20 Global Town Hall will host a debate on the contributions of local authorities and businesses to achieve sustainable development in a rapidly urbanizing world with a special focus on the Chinese situation. Moreover the role of city governments in leading a transformation to a resource efficient and green economy will be addressed including the analysis of common tools and measures in improving resource efficiency in cities with the goal to promote the establishment of a Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities.
11.30-14.00 Cities and sustainable development
Contributions of local authorities and businesses to achieving sustainable development - Special focus on China
CEU, United Nations Environment Programme and ICLEI
This event aims to present challenges and solutions to rapid urbanization, showing in particular examples from China, within a global sustainable development context, looking at how the Green Economy concept can contribute to Sustainable Development at the local level.
14.30-15.30 Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO): A preview to the global assessment
Convention on Biological Diversity, Stockholm Resilience Center and ICLEI
By 2050, an additional 3 billion people will inhabit cities and urban land expansion will cover an area the size of Mongolia.
How will the most rapid period of urbanization in all of human history effect biodiversity and the ecosystem services upon which the world’s people depend? What can be done, particularly by local city governments, to address these issues and follow a path of sustainable development?
15.30-17.00 Common tools and measures for resource efficient cities
City Government of Gwangju, United Nations Environment Programme and ICLEI
Building on the gains of the Urban Environmental Accord (UEA) Summit held in Gwangju, Korea the event will highlight the importance of city-level leadership in advocating and realizing the global agenda of resource efficiency in cities. It will explore particularly the role of common tools and measures in resource efficiency and highlight their role in assisting cities to access carbon finance mechanisms.
17.15-17.45 Release of Nordic Solutions for Sustainable Cities
City of Copenhagen, City of Helsinki, City of Mariehamn, City of Nuuk, City of Oslo, City of Reykjavik, City of Stockholm, City of Tórshavn
Although every city is unique in its totality, they all face the same generic challenges of climate change and resource depletion. Many of the solutions to those problems are transferable. The eight Nordic capitals have together produced a catalogue to outline some of the solutions they have found to creating more sustainable cities, in the hope that it may be useful or even inspiring for other cities outside the Nordic region.
18.00-19.00 A New Model for Private Sector Engagement on Sustainability:
the ICLEI Green Business Challenge
City of Chicago (USA), ICLEI USA and Office Depot
ICLEI USA is partnering with numerous cities to create ‘Green Business Challenges’. These are friendly competitions that
engage the private sector in sustainability. Results have been impressive. Learn how this program works, and how you could create something similar in your region.