United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

The United Nations Environment Programme 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 UN Environment-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 UN Environment, and Patricia McCarney, WCCD President and CEO.

UN Environment is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. Recognizing the growing need to address global environmental concerns from an urban perspective, UN Environment 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.

UN Environment 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. UN Environment and its partners aim to assist cities in combining greater productivity and innovation with lower costs and reduced environmental impacts. The WCCD is a mmember of the Board of the GI-REC.

Driving the Circular Economy in Brussels Capital Region 


Brussels Capital Region (BCR) is one of the leading cities and metropolitan regions globally taking action to drive a local transition to the circular economy. The WCCD Is working in a innovative partnership with UN Environment, BCR and Ecocity Builders to identify key city level indicators and metrics that can inform policy and drive action to accelerate the circular economy transition.  

ISO 37120 can play a critical role in establishing this city indicator framework for the circular economy. The WCCD is working with the program partners to evaluate in detail the opportunity to utilize ISO 37120 and WCCD Certified ISO 37120 Data to support cities to drive resource efficiency and the transition to a circular economy, with a specific focus on potential contributions to the Brussels Circular Economy Plan.