Watch these videos with leading experts to get in depth insights on urban sustainability and Rio+20.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
addresses local governments at ICLEI's Global Town Hall on 21 June 2012 during Rio+20.
David Cadman, President of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability,
before the High Level segment of the UNCSD Rio+20 Conference on behalf of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat,
challenges ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in the Global Town Hall during Rio+20.
Dieter Salomon, Mayor of Freiburg,
shares his perspective on Rio+20 and its outcomes as well as environmentally sustainable economy at the local level.
Oberbürgermeister Dieter Salomon reflektiert aus kommunaler Perspektive über Rio+20 und dessen Ergebnis sowie über eine umweltverträgliches Wirtschaften auf lokaler Ebene.
Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, South Africa,
sends message towards Rio+20 at ICLEI's World Congress 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and speaks about the nexus between sustainable energy and poverty eradication.
Stian Berger Røsland, Governing Mayor, City of Oslo, Norway,
analyses the outcome of Rio+20, highlighting the importance that national governments have recognised the role of local governments in challenge of sustainability.
Agnes Ntlhagula, Executive Mayor of Sol Plaatje, South Africa,
thinks that if the resolutions of the ICLEI World Congress 2012 would be implemented, Rio+20 can't go wrong. Moreover she emphasises that local government won't be able to effectively realise tasks given from the national level, if they aren't involved in the decision-making process and understand the reasoning behind.
Naomi Tsur, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Environment, City of Jerusalem, Israel,
explains what it means that local governments, after 20 years of advocacy work and implementing sustainability in cities and towns around the world, are referenced and highlighted in the text of Rio+20.
Mercè Rius i Serra, Deputy President for Environment, Province of Barcelona, Spain,
explains her motivation to become a REXCom Member of ICLEI, focusing in particularly on resource efficiency and synergising efforts within the Covenant of Mayors.
Martin Lees, Former Secretary General, Club of Rome,
says that our model of economic growth is incredibly inefficient in the way we use resources. Therefore we have to find a new strategy for economic growth notably in the West and the emerging economies. Rio+20 should path the way forward.
Margarita Astrálaga, Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean, Panama City,
outlines why urban areas are central in the transformation process of sustainability. Moreover she underlines the ability of ICLEI to bring the local agenda on top of the global agenda.
Hans Mönninghoff, First City Council and Economic and Environmental Services, City of Hanover,
has become disaffected about the priorities of the national level and the process in Rio but he is drawing hope from the achievements in Hannover of the last 20 years and emphasizes the importance of political will for sustainability.
Hans Mönninghoff, Erster Stadtrat und Wirtschafts- und Umweltdezernent, Landeshauptstadt Hannover, gibt sich desillusioniert über die Prioritäten der nationalen Ebene und den Prozess in Rio, schöpft aber Hoffnung aus Errungenschaften in Hannover der letzten 20 Jahre und betont die Wichtigkeit des politischen Willens zur Nachhaltigkeit.
Eckard Würzner, Lord Mayor of Heidelberg,
sees municipalities as a "transmission belt" to eventually implement the decisions of Rio+20. He also emphasizes the momentum from the 2012 ICLEI World Congress in this process and wishes the reproduction of initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors.
Eckard Würzner, Obernürgermeister von Heidelberg sieht die Kommunen als „Transmissionsriemen", die Entscheidungen von Rio+20 letztendlich umzusetzen. Ferner betont er die Impulse vom ICLEI Weltkongress 2012 in diesem Prozess und wünscht sich die Nachahmung von Initiativen wie den Konvent der Bürgermeister/innen.
Marcio Araujo de Lacerda, Mayor of Belo Horizonte,
speaks about the partnership with ICLEI, Rio+20 and the fight against social exclusion through sustainability.
Marcio Araujo de Lacerda, Prefeito de Belo Horizonte, sobre a parceria com ICLEI, Rio+20 e a luta contra a exclusão social através da sustentabilidade.
Ilmar Reepalu, Mayor of the City of Malmö, Sweden,
argues that the outcome of Rio+20 can only be translated into practise by local and sub-national governments. Hence their involvement is key.
James Nxumalo, Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa,
says that national governments need to support resilient strategies of cities.