Sustainable Cities publication launches at Rio+20

Climate Action, the UNEP supported communications platform for global business sustainability, is launching Sustainable Cities, an annual publication produced in partnership with C40 and other leading organizations within the sustainable urban development sector.

Filled with practical information and examples of best practice, the publication aims to stimulate debate, encourage city cooperation and promote sustainable urban policy and procurement.

C40’s own Director of Communications Mike Marinello has contributed a piece to the publication, arguing that cities are leading the way in addressing sustainable development through concrete and measurable actions – a key theme of yesterday’s Rio + C40 event. Underpinning this action, he says, are two key principles:

"C40 operates on two key premises as an organization and a global network of cities: strong data underpins effective climate action planning and management...and collaboration maximizes both local and global impact. These principles guide every aspect of our work with cities.”

A number of C40 City leaders are also featured in this issue, across a broad range of topics. Rio de Janeiro Mayor Paes looks back on 20 years of progress since the 1992 Earth Summit. David Bragdon, Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, New York City, discusses the city’s ambitious and exemplary PlaNYC agenda to create a greener city even as the city’s population grows significantly. Roundtable “discussions” bring together mayors and local government practitioners from global cities to share their perspectives on local efforts relating to planning and governance; buildings and construction; and urban transport.

We encourage you to read Sustainable Cities and share this important new publication far and wide.