On April 28, 2009, The Water Council was proudly inducted into the UN Global Compact Cities Programme (UNGCP). The UNGCP recognizes cities across the world that offer a concentrated expertise in a particular subject.
As of 2014, 15 cities around the world were recognized as “Innovating & Leader Cities” through the Programme â€“ with only two from the United States; San Francisco and Milwaukee. Milwaukee was named an InnovatingÂ Global Compact City because of its expertise in freshwater technology, the highest level of recognition, and the only city heralded for freshwater.
Read the UN Global Compact/Water Council Project OverviewÂ HERE!
The Global Compact Cities Programme (GCCP) is the urban component of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. The GCCP is dedicated to the promotion and adoption of the United Nations Ten Principles by cities, and provides a framework for translating the principles into day-to-day urban governance and management.
As an Innovating City of the UNGCCP, The Water Council has established Milwaukee as a world water hub, working across every aspect of water to build a new economic base for the region, improve the local environment and water systems, and to enhance the community’s quality of life.
The Water Council has identified 14 sub-projects it means to complete and has adopted the goals set forth by the UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Science as its four foundation pillars for its project aimed at maintaining and improving water quality.