Authors: Cheryl Derricotte, AICP, Director of Strategic Growth
Green For All and other members of the Ford Foundation's Sustainable Cities Working Group participated in the Second Intercessional Meeting of the United Nations Committee on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in New York City last week. UNCSD is making preparations for the 20th Anniversary Earth Summit to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012.
The Working Group submitted a number of position papers to the UNCSD in advance of the meeting, including a green jobs paper calling for "high-road" standards in a global context. (View the position papers.)
To underscore the Working Group's efforts, the Ford Foundation organized a side event at the Intercessional entitled "Sustainable+Just Cities: New Priorities for the Rio+20 Conference." Attended by approximately 250 people, the speakers included Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (pictured), Luis A. Ubinas, President of the Ford Foundation and Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Cecilia Martinez, Director of the New York Office of UN-Habitat, moderated the side event.