Rio+20 Global Town Hall

The Rio+20 Global Town Hall, organized by ICLEI with the support of many partners and hosted by the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro, proved to be a leading arena for ground-breaking presentations, dialogues, debates, agreements and initiatives on urban sustainability.


  1. 18 June 2012 - Urban Sustainable Development Day - Global Town Hall

  2. Making sustainability happen in Chinese cities

  3. The session opened the debate on how Chinese cities can enhance resiliency, attain low carbon growth, build smart infrastructure and foster a green urban economy.
  4. A green urban economy is the crucial contribution of cities to global sustainable development, the panel agreed.
  5. Launch of the GreenClimateCities Initiative -

    While the Global Town Hall sessions were up and about, our Secretary General went to downtown Rio to show his support for the Green Cross Climate Change Task Force for Urgent Action. There, he launched the GreenClimateCities Initiative as a support tool for cities to respond to climate change. Watch his video and statements below:

  6. ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability launches GreenClimateCities initiative
  7. Cities and biodiversity outlook: a sneak preview!

  8. CBD Executive Director Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias motioned that while many success stories are already out there, there is still a lot to be done in creating a resilient, biodiverse and sustainable future.
  9. Gwangju, Korea leads the way to resource efficiency; reads out their voluntary commitments at Rio+20