Peirce looks at a new effort to pool stakeholders to work on and invest in sustainable city initiatives.
"[A] new World Urban Campaign, nurtured into existence by UN-Habitat senior official Nicholas You and enthusiastically backed by UN-Habitat Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka, gets officially launched Friday. City governments and their regional and global alliances are included but so are multiple new types of partners - media groups, development banks, academics, trade unions and such corporations as Siemens, Arcadis, CEMEX and Veolia Environment.
The World Urban Campaign doesn't reject the ongoing need of cities to capture the attention and support of central governments. But its focus is different: to unite a broad range of interested stakeholders to invest in sustainable cities, share knowledge of what works, and set benchmarks to help cities - and the world - monitor urban progress."