As the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact – the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative – the Cities Programme works with cities, regions and partners to progress social equity and justice, environmental sustainability and good governance in the urban environment.

This is through articulation and action on the Ten Principles of the Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption and in alignment with and support of the new Global Sustainable Development Agenda.


Students from Waseda University participating in the seminar series in 2015
‘Global Cities, Global Challenges’ International Seminar Series 2016-07-18

Sustainable, ethical and low carbon cities; urban energy transitions; energy efficiency and the built environment; and urban resilience will be discussed in this international seminar series hosted by the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and RMIT University, jointly organised with the University of Hawaii, Waseda University and the National University of Samoa. Students in classrooms at these universities will be connected real-time via video conferencing. As a sub-theme, the seminar series will also explore the challenges facing small island states in the Pacific with a focus on sea level rise, ocean acidification, fisheries loss and coral reef decline.

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