In May 2015, councillors resolved that Rotorua Lakes Council become a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact: Cities Programme. The programme is a United Nations initiative aimed at creating sustainable societies.
The Cities Programme focuses on collaboration between all levels of government, business, and the community to create sustainable societies where economic, environmental, political and cultural issues are integrated.
Global Compact requires a commitment to The Ten Principles – a set of core values in human rights, work standards, the environment and anti-corruption. The United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme translates the principles into day-to-day governance and management.
Rotorua is New Zealand's first signatory to the Cities Programme, and we are now embarking on a journey to become a 'Leading' city through the development of our sustainability strategy - led by Councillor Janet Wepa and Council's Sustainable Living steering group.
'Leading' cities are drivers of positive urban change and its elected members act as facilitators in building resilient, sustainable and vibrant cities and regions.
The Sustainable Living Steering Group has completed its first draft of the City Scan Report 2015. The report is an assessment of a wide range of aspects of our city in relation to The Ten Principles, helping to measure the strengths and challenges to improve Rotorua.