UNEP and WCCD Partnership on Sustainable Cities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Council on City Data (WCCD) have signed a partnership agreement to use standardized urban metrics to develop policy-making for sustainability and resource efficiency in cities. The framework for this new partnership is based off of the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-IREC) which began at Rio +20. This framework focuses on resource efficiency research and the establishment of frameworks and networks to improve the availability of resources and their sustainable use within cities.
In cooperation with different cities across the world, including Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Shanghai, this new partnership will develop a resource efficiency toolkit to achieve the ISO 37120 certification. ISO 37120 evaluates a set of metrics within a city to measure the sustainable development, city service, and general quality of life. Notably, it is the first ISO that focuses cities. In the future, these data sets will be used as essential instruments to influence planning and policy processes as well as encourage investments in the efficient use of city resources.
This partnership and the ISO 37120 certification will further demonstrate the importance of sustainable solutions within cities to combat climate change at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held from the 30th of November to the 11th of December in Paris.