“Innovating Cities” “Cidades Inovadores de Programa de Cidades do Pacto Global da ONU” Elizabeth Ryan, UNGCCPConferencia Internacional Cidades Inovadores, Curitiba Brazil, Maio 2011.
The Cities Programme The Cities Programme facilitates collaboration betweengovernment, business and civil society to enhance sustainability, resilience, diversity, and adaptation within cities in the face of complex urban challenges.
The UN Global CompactThe Cities Programme is the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact• The UN Global Compact is the largest corporate social responsibility initiative in the world• It has 7,000 signatories in 135 countries.• 2000 are now non-businessAt the first level with Cities Programme, City mayors sign on to the UN Global Compact principles
UN Global Compact PrinciplesHuman Rights• Principle 1: Support and respect for the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights;• Principle 2: Active rejection of human rights abuses.Labour Standards• Principle 3: Upholding of the freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;• Principle 4: Support for the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;• Principle 5: Upholding of the effective abolition of child labour;• Principle 6: Support for the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.Environment• Principle 7: Support for a precautionary approach to environmental challenges:• Principle 8: Undertaking to promote greater environmental responsibility;• Principle 9: Encouragement of the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.Anti-Corruption• Principle 10: Work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.
The Cities ProgrammeInternational Secretariat based in Melbourne,Australia working with the New York office ofUN Global CompactModel developed in Melbourne used in all Innovating CitiesMore than thirty signatory citiesFourteen leading Innovating Cities
The Cities Programme• Supported by corporate, education, NGO partners - – Accenture, Fuji Xerox, Microsoft, World Vision, RMIT University• Supports Cities with sustainability expertise - systems, tools, facilitation, advice and research Global network between cities is in development
World-leading Innovating CitiesThree-year projects tackling seemingly intractable problemsModel of multi-sector governance: Government, Corporate, Civil society
Sustainability FrameworkInnovating City projects: Unique to each city Locally developed and driven Sustainability framework of social domains: Economic, Ecological, Political, Cultural
Innovating CitiesAs-Salt, Jordan ― Urban HeritageAsker, Norway ― CorruptionBerlin, Germany ― Health CareJapshadpur, India ― Water SustainabilityJinan, China ― Traffic SafetyLe Havre, France ― Sustainable TourismMelbourne, Australia ― Residential Resource-UseMilwaukee, USA ― Water SustainabilityPorto Alegre, Brasil ― Slum RehabilitationPlock, Poland ― Sustainable Urban DevelopmentSan Francisco, USA ― Climate ChangeTshwane, South Africa ―Sustainable Industrial ChangeUlaanbaatar, Mongolia ― Urban Developmenttackling complex urban-sustainability issues
Context• Milwaukee is located on the USA side of the Great Lakes region - 25% of world’s fresh water• Economic base was traditional manufacturing - now reduced• Initial impetus for city collaboration was to rebuild economic strength• Initiated by Spirit of Milwaukee - Business council
The Journey - Economic1. Research of business community to identify strength (consultants then University)2. Eventually identified 150 businesses - water products and services3. Research academic expertise - discovered large group of water scientists working for 40 years4. Formed Milwaukee Water Council
Multi-sector team• Corporate - Milwaukee Water Council• Civil Society - University of Winconsin, Discovery World• Government - Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Council
Ecological• Complex sewerage systems and management• Domestic backfill in floods• Changed lake environment - prize fish can’t live in Lake
Collaborating to manage Ecology- government & civil & corporate• Great Lakes Water Institute – Marine life – Water quality• Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Council – Working with multiple agencies to unify systems & regulations – With Water Council formed Great Lakes Council, incorporating 7 states and territories (inc. 2 in Canada)
Cultural - Discovery WorldDiscovery World - Philanthropic supported centre for innovative experiential science and technology education
Community research Social research identified: • Lack of community value for water • Surprising lack of connection with water • Lack of access and use of the lake in some communities
Thirst‘Thirst’ - community education and communication project
Urban AquacultureSweet Water Organics:• Unused factory• Model organic system to grow fish & vegetables in urban settings• Also social & education program - schools and veterans
The Future: Milwaukee - World Water Hub• Sweet Water Organics • Water Centre in receive $500,000 IBM development: award: – 7 story, 100 year old – through Milwaukee Water warehouse Council – Business and water – to take urban aquaculture researchers model across world – Start up assistance for• Milwaukee receives US water businesses Water Prize • International Alliances: – Singapore, France, – Developing countries
ObrigadaUN Global Compact Cities Programme www.citiesprogramme.org Director, Professor Paul James Manager, Elizabeth Ryan +61 3 9925 3407 +61 425 773 359