Melbourne Convenes C40 Workshop on Sustainable Communities

C40 City Melbourne today commenced a three-day C40 Workshop, Sustainable Communities: Collaborating, Planning, Delivering, that will foster city-to-city exchange on approaches to sustainable development, as well as collaboration with the private sector.

Among the 17 cities represented at the workshop were: Beijing, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Portland, OR and Rio de Janeiro, host to the upcoming Rio + 20 Summit in June 2012.

C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg underscored the importance of addressing the challenges faced by cities serving growing populations:

“We know that on our rapidly urbanizing planet – where half the world’s where half the world’s people now live in cities and where, within 40 years’ time, urban areas are likely to be home to up to three-fourths of humanity — cities are both the primary source of, and also the most hopeful cure for, the human activities that contribute to climate change.”

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle called the event “an important collaboration” that will help cities around the world. “We confront similar challenges: accommodating growing populations, creating opportunities for economic growth and infrastructure challenges. City leaders know that sustainability and economic growth are inexorably linked,” the Lord Mayor said.