United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the WCCD have signed a new partnership agreement to demonstrate the importance of standardized urban metrics to drive sustainability and resource efficiency in cities.

The UNEP-WCCD partnership agreement was signed on October 30th 2015 at the Global Forum for Human Settlements at the United Nations in New York by Arab Hoballah, Chief of the Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch at UNEP, and Patricia McCarney, WCCD President and CEO.

UNEP is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. Recognizing the growing need to address global environmental concerns from an urban perspective, UNEP works with national and local governments on urban environmental issues, supporting the integration of the environment into cities’ long-term strategic planning, and the implementation of policies that encourage sustainable, resilient and resource-efficient cities.

UNEP leads the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC), launched in June 2012 at the Rio+20 Summit. The initiative currently works with different stakeholders to promote energy efficient buildings, efficient water use, sustainable waste management and other activities. UNEP and its partners aim to assist cities in combining greater productivity and innovation with lower costs and reduced environmental impacts.

Within the framework of the GI-REC, UNEP and the WCCD will work together with cities to pilot a resource efficiency toolkit, while also achieving WCCD IS0 37120 certification. This pilot group will include Brussels and Johannesburg together with other cities globally.