Rio +20

ICLEI Rio +20

21 June 2012

Cities Leadership Day

On 21 June, the Cities Leadership Day, we kicked off the high-level statements and panels with a message from ICLEI’s World Congress to Rio+20 presented by Marcio Araujo Lacerda, the Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Featuring UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Brazilian Minister Salvatti as well as other Ministers, heads of international organizations, business and mayors from all around the world, the Cities Leadership Day was successful in bringing the needs of a strong local leadership to guarantee a sustainable future. Not only statements but also lively debates among high level panelists and the audience on issues such as eco-cities, global and local governance, climate and low-carbon cities, green growth and urban resilience organized in cooperation with the daily program partners made this day the key stage to bring urban issues at the core of the Rio+20 scene. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon captured the main message of this day, by saying “The road to sustainability runs through the world’s towns and cities. By building sustainable towns and cities, you will build global sustainability.”


Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer