Salzburg Global to Help Design First Universal Charter of National Park Cities

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Jul 19, 2018
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Salzburg Global to Help Design First Universal Charter of National Park Cities

Clare Shine, vice president and chief program officer of Salzburg Global, to act as a facilitator at two-day meeting in London Clare Shine, vice president and chief program officer of Salzburg Global, has been invited to act as a facilitator during the meeting

Salzburg Global Seminar is delighted to play a part in a new initiative to launch the world’s first Universal Charter of National Park Cities.

Clare Shine, vice president and chief program officer of Salzburg Global, will be a facilitator at a two-day event in London organized by the National Park City Foundation, ahead of the first-ever London National Park City Week.

Shine is one of 18 people attending the event, which starts on Thursday, July 19. She is joined by Salzburg Global Fellows Dan Raven-Ellison (National Park City Foundation), Kathy MacKinnon (IUCN), Pamela Veinotte (Parks Canada), and Andrew Simms (New Weather Institute). Raven-Ellison, MacKinnon, and Veinotte have each played an active role in Salzburg Global’s Parks for the Planet Forum multi-year series and ongoing activities around the world.  

The Parks for the Planet Forum is a ten-year collaboration to reconnect people and nature in an urbanized world. Launched in 2015 with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), this series catalyzes innovative alliances to conserve and expand access to nature for human health and wellbeing, communities and economies in the cities of the future.

Simms, meanwhile, attended Philanthropy in the Golden Age in December 2015, the inaugural convening of The Global Friends, a consortium of global philanthropists leading value-driven social innovation.

This meeting has been convened by London National Park City and the National Park City Foundation, which is promoting a "greener, healthier, wilder" way of life. The discussions are being held in partnership with World Urban Parks, the City of London, the Mayor of London, Farrells, Therme Group and Salzburg Global Seminar.

Attendees will spend the first day of the meeting visiting a range of nature rich spaces in London that engage and open up opportunities for community engagement and demonstrate the National Park City ideals. They will take these examples on board as they consider how to develop the Universal Charter on the second day of the program.

Shine will facilitate this program and provide opening remarks to kick-start discussions. During the day, table groups will focus on different parts of the charter. One group will review the case, ambitions, and values of the charter. Another will focus on the suggested framework for engagement, and the third group will explore methods of delivery and calls to action. Attendees will then review the milestones and timeline toward launching a year-long collaboration to agree the Universal Charter.

London will become the world’s first National Park City in 2019. The aim of the Universal Charter of National Park Cities is to provide inspiration, vision, leadership and a framework for the creation, delivery, and monitoring of National Park Cities around the world.

This meeting will lead straight into the first London National Park City Week, which takes place from July 21-29. Events are taking place across the capital, including talks, walks and an experience fair. For more information about London National Park City Week, please click here.