At a moment where half of humanity lives and works in cities around the world and where previsions expect this proportion to increase to 70% by 2050, the role of urban governance and sub-national levels of governments in the global agenda is becoming increasingly important.Given the need to go beyond clusters and sectoral approaches, local and subnational authorities are calling for a more human centered debate and for an integrated framework to assessing sustainable development.
Local and regional authorities as the closest level of government to the people can play a pivotal role in bringing all actors together and linking up all levels of governance: local, subnational, national and international to build new models of governance and a more equitable and sustainable development for all. International and national strategies for sustainable development should take into account local realities and trends with the active assistance of local governments. Cities and local and subnational authorities are at the core of sustainable development and will be essential stakeholders of a great number of sustainable development policies and in particular of sustainable development goals.
Sustainable and innovative Cities is a key theme of the Rio+20 process: this side-event will gather experts of divers background, from academic, UN, private sector and local/regional government to share their views and experiences of cities as pioneer of sustainable development policies.
• Pascal Canfin, French Minister Delegate for Development, attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (tbc)
• Wolfgang Schuster, Mayor of Stuttgart, Vice President for UCLG Europe
Contributing to the development of sustainable cities
• Social inclusion and equity, including gender equality, to be implemented through strong and accountable local governance.
• Acknowledgement, respect and development of culture as an important pillar of sustainable development.
• Adaptation to climate change, disaster risk reduction and resilience planning will be key for urban areas and at local levels and should be allocated increased attention and resources from local, national and international levels.
• Ronan Dantec, French Senator and Councillor of Nantes
• UNISDR, representative
• Ping-Kun Tsai, Deputy Mayor, Taichung City Government
The cities at the forefront of the fight against poverty: infrastructure, urban services, local economic development Cities, local and subnational authorities and their associations are ready and willing to support the definition and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed around basic services. Indeed, it is at the local level that many services such as education, health, culture, water, transport, energy and waste collection are provided.
• Mauricio Macri, Head of Government of Buenos Aires
• Michel Delebarre, President of the Communauté urbaine of Dunkerque, President of Cités Unies France
• Joachim AM Hunlede, Permanent Secretary, Union des Communes du Togo
Cities and Territories, a key issue for globalization and development: territorial approach and regional and local governance for sustainable development
Links to be established and developed inside of the territories between cities and regions, urban and rural areas, etc… in order to ensure the territorial cohesion of sustainable development policies
• Jacques Auxiette, President of region Pays de la Loire, France
• Ilmar Reepalu, Spokeperson of the Comittee of the Regions (CoR), Mayor of Malmö
• Martha Delgado, Secretary of environment of Mexico City
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