United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) conducted a world environment conference in San Fransisco on World Environment Day, June 5th, 2005. At that time an Urban Environmental Accods was concluded and signed by Mayors and Representative Mayors from around the world.
The accords are as follows:
RECOGNIZING for the first time in history, the majority of the planet’s population now lives in cities and that continued urbanization will result one million people moving to cities each week, thus creating a new set of environmental challenges and opportunities; and
BELIEVING that as Mayors of cities around the globe, we have unique opportunity to provide leadership to develop truly sustainable urban centers based on culturally and economically appropriate local actions; and
RECALLING that in 1945 the leaders of 50 nations gathered in San Fransisco to develop and sign the Charters of the United Nations; and
ACKNOWLEDGING the importance of the obligations and spirit of the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, the 1992 Rio Earth Summit (UNCED), the 1996 Istanbul Conference on Human Settlements, the 2000 Millenium Development Goals, and the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, we see the Urban Environmental Accords described below as a synergistic extention of the efforts to advance sustainability, foster vibrant economies, promote social equity, and protect planet’s natural systems.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, today on World Environment Day 2005 in San Fransisco, we, the signatory Mayors have come together to write a new chapter in the history of global cooperation. We commit to promote this collaborative platform and to build an ecologically sustainable, economically dynamic, and socially aquitable future for our urban citizens; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call to action our fellow Mayors around the world to sign the Urban Environmental Accords and collaborate with us to implement the Accords; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that by signing these Urban Environmental Accords, we commit ourselves to moving vital issues of sustainability to the top of our legislative agendas. By implementing the Urban Environmental Accords, we aim to realize the right to clean, healthy, and safe environment for all members of our society.
Detailed of the Accords will be written later in next posting.