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ONE PLANET CITIES

On this page you'll find an overview of WWF's One Planet Cities initiative and links to our projects partners, and informations tools to support sustainable urban development and the role of cities in global sustainable development. Welcome!

Cities are where the most change is happening

Cities are centres of the fastest and largest transformations in population, consumption, resource use, and waste.

Cities are where the largest opportunities are

Cities have the largest opportunities to transform environmental trends through their particular properties of scale, planned spatial structure, connected infrastructure, organisational and social dynamics.

Cities are being invited to join the global stage as leaders

Cities are increasingly being invited to the global policy stage as leading actors, not just because many cities are larger than some nations, but because of the scale the transformation opportunity that cities now have.

Cities are increasingly able to act in international processes, as much as in national and local processes, across different types of governmental and non-governmental platforms and partnerships.

North + South can share leadership for sustainability

The global North and the global South are experiencing and solving the urbanisation phenomenon in different ways, and can share experiences with each other and partner in ways that achieve greater scale, speed, and synergy.

By recognising their own capacity, and amplifying it through partnership, cities of the North and South can together share leadership for global sustainability in the coming decades, a positive contribution to the standing challenge of common but differentiated responsibility in global sustainable development.

ONE PLANET CITIES

Cities are centres of the fastest and largest transformations in population, consumption, resource use, and waste.

Cities have massive leverage over their ecological footprints.Their choices on energy, transport, or building standards, for example, affect huge numbers of users.

Cities have major impacts on biodiversity via habitat loss, pollution, contribution to climate change, overexploitation of species’ populations, and introduction of invasive species.

Cities are where the largest opportunities are

Cities have the largest opportunities to transform environmental trends through their particular properties of scale, planned spatial structure, connected infrastructure, organisational and social dynamics.

Cities can directly improve quality of life while cutting environmental impact. Cities have the option of making smarter choices for housing, transport, energy, green space, water, and waste.

Urban Solutions

WWF Urban Solutions is a platform and handbook showcasing best practice in sustainable urban development, and promoting the role of cities in sustainable urban development - in particular partnership between the global North and South.

 

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News and updates from WWF's One Planet Cities projects and partners.

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Earth Hour renews the charge to change climate change

The ninth edition of Earth Hour rolls across the globe at 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, 28 March 2015

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Cape Town triumphs in Earth Hour Capital 2014 award

WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) has awarded Cape Town, South Africa the title Global Earth Hour Capital 2014.

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Singapore skyline, Earth Hour 2009

Landmarks set for record Earth Hour

Iconic monuments and moments are emerging for this year’s upcoming Earth Hour, the global movement organised by WWF

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Thirty-four finalists from 14 participating countries were selected from among the 163 entrants in this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge

Progressive cities forge path toward renewable future

Cities around the globe have received special recognition by WWF for impressive actions on climate change.

17 Jan 2014 Read more »
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WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge takes flight as cities aim to create climate friendly lifestyles for urban dwellers

WWF urges UNFCCC delegates in Bonn to recognize and gain inspiration from the key role cities are playing in the transformation toward a sustainable, ...

30 Apr 2013 Read more »
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