August 10, 2014 to August 12, 2014
Bogota has been chosen by the United Nations as a seat for high-level dialogues during the Rio+20 Summit on promoting cities, transport, and sustainable tourism. This selection reflects the fact that the country’s capital is a leading force in clean technology and sustainable development projects, boasting the introduction of hybrid buses for public transport, a pilot electric taxi plan, and its subway infrastructure plans, in addition to its light rail and metro cable car, all of which contribute to reducing emissions and improving air quality.
On its second anniversary, the Summit aims to follow up on the commitments made within the framework of the United Nations Conference held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. It also seeks to generate a public policy scheme that will serve as a reference for different cities around the world.
Sixty experts from over 13 countries will be participating, including high-level representatives Boyd Cohen, a smart city strategist; David Sim, a renowned architect from the firm Gehl Architects; Gino Van Begin, secretary-general of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI); mayors such as Mauricio Rodas from the city of Quito.
The summit is divided into three themes as follows:
- Cities and their efficient use of resources: energy, water, waste, habitats, sustainable housing, and eco-friendly buildings, among others.
- Transport and sustainable mobility: development guided by considerations of sustainable transportation, master planning, transportation systems, infrastructure, and access, among others.
- Sustainable tourism: national and local policies, hotel services, competitiveness, solid waste management, cultural heritage, and city image, among others.