Source: LEAD International, 16 april 2012
A sustainable cities course developed by LEAD staff and Fellows has won the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) public vote and will be showcased at the Rio+20 conference in June 2012.
LEAD’s proposal, entitled ‘Putting People First: Building Sustainable Cities with Communities’, attracted 942 votes, beating its nearest rival by over 400 votes.
LEAD’s course captures the learning and experience of three outstanding LEAD Fellows: John Lewis (LEAD Canada), Leonardo Martins Diaz (LEAD Europe) and Anton de Wit (LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa). It will form part of SD-Learning: a UNCSD capacity building event that aims to provide participants with practical knowledge and hands-on training from experts around the world.
Together these Fellows have over 30 years’ experience of working in sustainable cities around the world and identifying the local and global challenges in urban sustainable development. The main focus of the course will be on people: how to make the ‘invisible people’ visible; how to give back to displaced communities a ‘sense of place’; and how to enable the type of collaborative decision-making that leads to the creation and ownership of sustainable communities.