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Contribute to the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda

--IGMC 3.0 Officially Released during Habitat III

The International Green Model City (IGMC) Standards 3.0 (hereinafter referred to as the "IGMC 3.0") was released at the 11th Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS-XI) that took place in Quito on 18 October 2016 as a parallel event of "Habitat III". The relevant experts and senior representatives from GFHS, UN-Habitat, UNEP and local governments attended the ceremony. IGMC 3.0 is an assessment and planning guidance tool for sustainable urban development and provides technical means and evaluation methods for the specific implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the New Urban Agenda at local and community levels.

Registering itself in the context of the new emerging issues and policies as related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Climate Change Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda, IGMC 3.0 aims to further contributing to the vision and transformative commitments the global community agreed upon, and to further contributing to the transformation the way cities are planned, developed, financed and operated towards sustainability.

The vision of the IGMC 3.0 is structured around 6 Key principles: Safety, Sustainability, Equity, Identity, Prosperity, and Happiness. These principles are put into action through 18 structural categories spanning across 6 dimensions including environment, spatial planning and development, economy, basic services, society, and culture, which are elaborated in depth through their respective definitions and aims, key methodologies, key indicators, rating system and best practices.

IGMC 3.0 builds on a more comprehensive approach of environmental, low-carbon, and resources multiplicative efficiencies. This cascading approach starts by optimizing spatial planning, urban form, transportation, thus reducing the demand for energy and resources at a higher scale and continues by optimizing buildings and systems themselves, which further reduces the demand and allows demand / supply management to increase even further efficiency. The actual improvements in energy and resource productivity of each of these interventions are not simply the sum of each intervention, but are ‘multiplicative’ if they are implemented in mutually reinforcing ways.

Aiming at assessing and guiding sustainable urban development for both new and existing urban areas, the main functions and benefits of IGMC 3.0 include:

1. Guiding the overall process of urban sustainable development projects based on transit orientation and integrated planning by providing innovative concepts, integrated strategies and methodologies, benchmarks and monitoring framework for improved overall performance and efficient investment.

2. Appraising projects at planning or design phases to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement, avoiding various risks.

3. Assessing efficiency, inclusiveness, sustainability, and resilience of existing urban areas for comparison with others and to identify opportunities for improvement and transition to more sustainable cities and human settlements for all.

4. Providing the basis for decision-making from multi-scale levels of government especially from metropolitan and city-wide polices to strategies of sub-city districts and communities, promoting implementation of SDGs and New Urban Agenda through formulation of action plans and policy recommendations.

5. Providing a timely urban sustainable development manual for training for relevant stakeholders including mayors, urban managers, developers, planners, architects and engineers.

The rating system with around 100 indicators is calibrated on UN Habitat, UNEP, and GEF recommendations, and on benchmarks of best practice. In general, the indicators, benchmarks, and distribution of points aim to:

1. Reflect a general consensus among international organizations, academics and practitioners on the aspects of urban planning, design and policy that have the greatest impact on fostering greener economic growth and social inclusiveness while reducing carbon emissions and environmental pressure.

2. Reward decisions made by the project team, to proactively drive project implementation toward a transformative sustainable urban development.

3. Be easily applicable, based on information that can be readily obtained, used and easy to verify independently.

4. Be relevant to a wide range of urban development projects in different contexts.

In principle, the scope of application of the IGMC pilot projects ranges from an integrated area of a land coverage from 750 mu (50 ha) to a wider size and varieties of cities, towns, districts, communities, neighbourhood and other applicative urban development projects.

There are three types of IGMC pilots: New projects import IGMC standards from site selection; Ongoing projects import IGMC standards; Urban renewal projects import IGMC standards from the beginning.

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IGMC Assessment system

Diagram of the structure of the international green model city standards 3.0