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Cities Are Where the Action Is, Post-Rio

Cities Are Where the Action Is, Post-Rio | green streets | Scoop.it
Representatives of the worlds' cities came to Rio in June for a series of events focused on the problems pressing in on the burgeoning urban population.

Two months after the UN’s landmark conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, has anything changed?

For many, the official document that was a principal outcome of “Rio+20” is an extreme disappointment – little more than a reaffirmation of the problems and desires stated at the first Earth Summit in Rio 20 years ago, with no firm commitments, no tangible goals and no timetables.

Its defenders note that the document, titled “The Future We Want,” sets the stage for further deliberations on a set of sustainable development goals, and that it makes important statements about protecting oceans, providing people access to energy, and establishing human rights to food, safe drinking water and sanitation...

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Sustainable cities: considering the city of tomorrow as an ecosystem

Sustainable cities: considering the city of tomorrow as an ecosystem | green streets | Scoop.it

More than 3.5 billion people now live in cities and this figure is continually increasing. When the UN put the subject of sustainable cities on the Rio+20 agenda it confirmed the fundamental importance of redefining the city, given that rapid urbanization is placing great pressure on water resources, their treatment, the environment, biodiversity and public health. The city must not be designed as a goal in itself, but as an ecosystem in which sustainable resource management – whether of water or energy – is a fundamental priority...

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