World Sustainable Capitals (WSC) Research Tools: Indicators and Report

World Sustainable Capitals (WSC) Indicators

WSC intends to develop the appropriate tools and methods for integrated analysis and assessments to initiate, monitor and guide initiatives. Given the vast scope of sustainable development, the WSC indexes will provide associated Capital Cities with a selection of key indicators to measure their performance among the four pre-defined pillars and under various circumstances. It’s all about promoting a multi-stakeholder consultative approach that will integrate the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development by identifying and prioritizing key interactions among them (screening, problem identification, analysis prioritization and remediation).

On the occasion of the WEF Middle East Summit in Marrakech, the UPC, the ADCED and the WEF will unveil a quantitative analysis of the “Most livable/sustainable Cities.” Developed in partnership with a leading media partner, this quantitative analysis will be used as a first set of results to develop a more in-depth WSC report for Davos 2011. A special effort will be made to involve global industry leaders and academics. The index will benchmark urban sustainable policies and overall quality of life while pointing out key successful economic initiatives.

Benchmarking cities can help. Like a compass, it can assist decision-makers to navigate towards sustainability, and provide an impetus, mechanism and forum for sharing best practices.

The World Sustainable Capitals (“WSC”) initiative proposes to establish benchmarks for this purpose. Learning from the pioneering efforts of the World Economic Forum, WSC seeks to develop a simple, practical, yet robust set of indicators that will (i) illuminate

the path to sustainability, (ii) stimulate innovation, and (iii) help identify best practices in governance.

Benchmarking is just one tool, and the members of the WSC initiative recognize that the effort invested in benchmarking should not be so onerous as to detract the members from the urgent business at hand - to develop more sustainable cities. Consequently, the WSC will seek to incorporate the best approaches that emerge from this specialized field, but does not aspire to lead it.

In each of these four categories, we propose to develop 2-3 indicators that give some insight into “baseline” or current conditions in each city, evaluating its existing economic, natural, social and cultural “capital”, and 2-3 indicators that begin to assess whether these cities are “future-proofing” – positioning the city to be a regional and global leader in the emerging sustainable global paradigm.

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World Sustainable Capitals (WSC) Reports

SDA (Sustainable Development Assessment) will be the name of the WSC report that will be presented as an overarching methodology to measure balanced impact of both development and sustainability concerns. Since the sustainable development goal has independent economic, social, cultural and environmental components, the WSC methodology will develop interconnected economic, social, cultural and environmental appraisal criteria which will show logic consistency towards achieving the targeted results. While previously traditional decision making process relied heavily on economics, Cities are now acting more and more as strategic decision makers practicing a more systematic incorporation of social, cultural and environmental issues into the economic policy framework of human society.

The Report will identify strategies and policy recommendations to guide cities to resolve sustainability challenges while making social, economic and environmental policies evolve simultaneously.

The content of the WSC Reports to be unveiled at Global City in Abu Dhabi (March 2011) will also aim to identify strategies and policy recommendations that can guide cities to better resolve the challenges of urban planning and economic diversified growth by 2030. It will highlight the need for a new and more holistic approach to urban planning while promoting development phases through the four angles of environment, culture, social and economic and maximizing opportunities for innovative and inclusive public participation in the process.

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