Plenary 6: A World of Local Action: Anchoring sustainability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Languages: EN, KO, CH, JA, ES

Partners: UCLG and Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments for Post-2015 Development Agenda towards Habitat-III

Based on the outcomes of the negotiations since Rio+20 in 2012, the UN Post-2015 Summit to be held in September 2015 is expected to provide inspirational guidelines for policy priorities on global sustainable development in the next couple of decades. The expectation is that a set of sustainable development goals will be accepted from all nations to replace the Millenium Development Goals and to guide policy development and implementationin all countries. Through the proposed Goal 11 on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, the global advocacy of local and subnational governments’ networks and their partners succeeded to highlight the need for an integrated and transformative sustainability vision for the urban world of the 21st Century.

The Habitat-III Conference to be held in October 2016 in Quito will then guide the translation of all these global progresses into the vision of the New Urban Agenda.


  • Illustrate the opportunities and challenges on enhancing the integrity, ambitions and inclusiveness of this post 2015 development agenda
  • Emphasize the necessity to replicate, scale-up and advance good practices of innovative sustainability approaches that local and subnational governments have been implementing in order to guarantee the achievement or even exceed those global and/or national commitments and processes.

María Verónica Arias Cabanilla, Environment Secretary, on behalf of Mauricio Rodas Espinel, Mayor, Metropolitan District of Quito

Jeb Brugmann, Managing Partner, The Next Practice, Toronto, Canada and ICLEI Secretary General 1990 – 2000

The relevance and benefits of an Urban Sustainable Development Goal

  • The important role of cities as the driving forces towards a green global economy in the urban future
    Yvo de Boer, Director-General, GGGI – Global Green Growth Institute, Republic of Korea

The process towards an Urban Sustainable Development Goal

  • A sustainable urban world in the post-2015 development agenda
    Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Measuring urban sustainability

  • A new ISO standard for sustainable cities: Launching a new portal for city performance and progress
    Patricia McCarney, President & CEO, World Council on City Data, Canada

New Urban Agenda: Towards Habitat-III

  • Resilient Urbanization: The Example of Rotterdam
    Pex Langenberg, Deputy Mayor for Port, Sustainability, Mobility and Governance, City of Rotterdam, Netherlands; Member of the ICLEI Regional Executive Commmittee for Europe
  • The Global Task Force accelerating advocacy of local governments in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and towards Habitat-III
    Josep Roig, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Spain
  • ICLEI’s vision on a post Post-2015 Development Agenda
    Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General

MoU signing ceremony between ICLEI and WCCD

MoU signing ceremony between ICLEI and UCLG

MoU signing ceremony between ICLEI and IUCN