For the first time in history, most people on Planet Earth live in cities. We have great power to shape the prospects for life on earth.

Inspired by London becoming a National Park City in 2019, people worldwide are asking if their city can also be a National Park City, and if so, what it would mean.

 

 

To help answer these and other questions, the National Park City Foundation, World Urban Parks and Salzburg Global Seminar have begun an international conversation to develop a Universal Charter of National Park Cities.

The Universal Charter will inspire people as individuals, as part of the community groups and involved with larger organisations, to take actions that improve life in cities. It will be designed so that anyone, may they be 8 or 80, can see how they can act and be involved.

Inspired by the London National Park City Charter the document will set out a shared vision and definition and a set of values, principles and characteristics of National Park Cities. These will make clear what is needed to begin the journey to become and be a National Park City.

Some elements will be set in stone; other will be flexible and adaptable so that people can adapt it to their own lives, places and cities.

We are keen to know your thoughts, ideas and opinions on the Universal Charter to help make this important work a success.

Could you help shape the first Universal Charter of National Park Cities?

Following initial meetings in London and Adelaide, we will shortly be consulting on the contents of the first draft Universal Charter of National Park Cities. This will be a unique opportunity to shape the future of National Park Cities worldwide to improve life for residents and for visitors and to boost the role of cities in restoring our natural environment.

We are keen to hear from all with an interest in the National Park Cities. Everyone can contribute regardless of age and location.

We are also looking for champions to organise forums and to feedback collective responses. City leaders, teachers, ministers, community organisers, business leaders and all wanting to show leadership are invited to be involved.

The consultation will run from December 2018 to April 2019. We aim to publish the first draft of the Universal Charter in July 2019.

To be notified when the consultation starts and to stay updated, please sign-up here:

 

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