Category: Sustainable Cities

Strong Support For Sustainability Projects The City of Johannesburg is proud to announce that today we had a successful auction of the first green bond COJGO1 maturing in 2024. The bond of R1.46 billion is priced at 185 basis points (1.85%) above the R2023 Government Bond, which is very competitive and is a reflection of […]

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Sustainable Cities Require Inclusive Planning By Harini Nagendra, Bangalore From my office, on the 9th floor of a tall building in an academic campus in Bangalore, I have a birds-eye view of the city’s peri-urban surroundings. To the west, I can see a 6-lane high-speed highway choked by traffic, full of people frenetically commuting from their homes in […]

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Meeting Of The Minds Tackles Sustainability Issues, Opportunities Meeting Of The Minds has become a premier global leadership summit focused on creating smarter and more sustainable cities. They will gather again next fall. From September 30-October 2, it will convene a select group of 375 leaders from 20 countries in Detroit. Each of the invited leaders […]

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Cities Must Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Become more Resilient To Weather Global Warming The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) mitigation report, released Sunday in Berlin, explores some 1,200 scenarios to avert the worsening effects of global warming by 2100. The proposals  range from planting more trees to relying much more on nuclear power. “This report is […]

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By Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor of the Secretary General to Timor-Leste.  By the end of this century, ten billion people will inhabit our planet, with 8.5 billion living in cities. This could be the stuff of nightmares. But, with sufficient political will, vision, and creativity – along with some simple, practical policy […]

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The Earth Hour City Challenge initiative celebrates cities that are taking innovative actions towards creating greener, cleaner and more sustainable cities, while inspiring other cities to do the same. In 2013, Vancouver, Canada was named the first ever Global Earth Hour Capital, with New Delhi being in the running among the six finalists. Of the 163 […]

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Sustainability Leaders Driven By Efficiency, Responsibility Australian corporation Westpac Banking is the most sustainable company on earth this year, according to a new ranking from Corporate Knights. But what does sustainability mean, exactly? Doug Morrow, vice president of research at Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media company, says it’s a multifaceted concept. “On the one hand, […]

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Sustainable Cities Critical In Fight Against Climate Change As chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji has called on world leaders to give urgent attention to the sustainability of cities. The message was relayed to world leaders at the United Nations in New York by Fiji’s Ambassador Peter Thomson in his address at the […]

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Can Sustainability Movement Outrun Climate Change? By Rob Garris, Director for Bellagio Programs, Rockefeller Foundation Leading figures from governments, civil society, and corporations from around the globe gathered in August 2013 at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center to imagine a different kind of future for the world’s cities. In a series called “Visionaries Unbound,” we have partnered with […]

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Challenges, Opportunities Await Green Cities By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon I thank you for your commitment to sustainable urbanization. By the middle of this century, 70 percent of all people will be living in cities. Almost all urban growth will be in developing countries. The challenges are immense. But the opportunities are even greater. Cities can be the […]

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