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Background of IGMC Initiative 

The International Green Model City (hereinafter referred to as “IGMC”), a greener and low-carbon city initiative was launched by the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) at the headquarters of the United Nations in April 2011, in close collaboration with various international organizations including UNEP and national as well as local governments. IGMC initiative has already been registered at the United Nations secretariat as an important commitment to Rio + 20 and SDGs and also Contribute to the paradigm shift of China new urbanization wave and new urbanization policy fostered by Chinese government.

On 8th April 2011, IGMC initiative was officially launched by GFHS at the UN headquarters.

IGMC standards 2.0, compiled by over 50 international experts who were convened by GFHS and UNEP, includes 12 principles, 84 indicators and corresponding strategies and measures with an authentication rating system to guide IGMC pilots planning and construction.

IGMC pilots incorporate the concept of smart growth and compact city and integrate the functions of “green economy, culture, education, residence and matched public services” in one integrated and comprehensive system. IGMC pilots aim to create increasing access to excellent ecology, efficient infrastructure, prosperous industry and diverse culture, and creating better life for all habitants.  

Group photo of some experts present at the Guiyang Workshop on IGMC Standards in 2011
IGMC Standards 2.0 Structure