Global City Indicators Facility - Helping cities measure, report, and improve performance.
 
  The Global City Indicators Facility is a program of the Global Cities Institute.
 
The Global City Indicators Facility provides an established set of city indicators with a globally standardized methodology that allows for global comparability of city performance and knowledge sharing. This website serves all cities that become members to measure and report on a core set of indicators through this web-based relational database.


 
 
NOW PUBLISHED! - ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life
 The GCIF successfully developed an international standard on city metrics through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) under the Technical Committee TC268 on Sustainable Development of Communities. ISO37120 Sustainable Development of Communities- Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life was published in May 2014 and is the first ISO international standard on city indicators. ISO37120 was developed using the GCIF framework and input from international organizations, corporate partners and international experts from over 20 countries. ISO 31720 provides a comprehensive set of indicators and a methodology that will enable any sized city in a developed or a developing economy to measure its social, economic and environmental performance in relation to other cities. The standard includes 100 core and supporting indicators, of which 46 are core and cities must report on.  New additional indicators on sustainable development and resilience are currently being developed within the ISO, led by the GCIF.
 
Read the Briefing Note.  Click here for more information.
 

THE INDICATORS
 

The indicators are structured around 20 “themes” that measure a range of city services and quality of life factors.

CITY SERVICES

Education
Energy
Finance
Recreation
Fire Emergency
Response
Governance
Health
Safety
Solid Waste
Transportation
Urban Planning
Waste Water
Water

QUALITY OF LIFE

Civic Engagement
Culture
Economy
Environment
Shelter
Social Equity
Technology And Innovation

For a more complete list of GCIF indicators please refer to the document “GCIF Indicators” in the documents page.

Please Note: Access to city performance data and comparative indicators reports is limited to GCIF member cities only.
 
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NEW DEVELOPMENTS

FEATURED NEWS & EVENTS


World Council on City Data (WCCD) Launched - May 15, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
The World Council on City Data (WCCD) was launched at the Global Cities Summit on May 15, 2014. The WCCD will be a global hub for creative learning and partnerships across cities, international organizations, corporate partners, and academia. The WCCD Foundation Partners Cities are: Amman, Barcelona, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Guadalajara, Haiphong, Helsinki, Johannesburg, London, Makati, Makkah, Minna, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and Toronto.

Global Cities Summit - May 15-16, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
The Global City Indicators Facility organized and hosted the Global Cities Summit on May 15 & 16 in Toronto, Canada. The theme of the Summit was Getting on Track: Inclusive and Sustainable Prosperity for Cities. The Summit brought together a diverse group of delegates representing 26 countries, 103 cities, and 145 institutions and organizations to learn, share, and exchange experiences across a wide spectrum of big ideas and innovative solutions for cities. For more information about the Summit and to access presentations from the plenary sessions, please click here

GCIF Aggregation Report: Data, Boundaries, Competitiveness: The Toronto Urban Region in Global Context - December 10, 2013 - Toronto, Canada
The GCIF Aggregation report, Data, Boundaries, Competitiveness: The Toronto Urban Region in Global Context was released at the GCIF Ontario Roundtable on Municipal Data on December 10th, 2013. The report highlights the need for aggregated data, the importance of competitive regions and the results and findings from the GCIF Aggregation Pilot Exercise with Ontario Municipalities. Click to view.

GCIF-UNICEF "UKID" Index of Urban Child Development - October 1-4, 2013 - Rabat, Morocco
GCIF and UNICEF launched the "UKID" Index of Urban Child Development at the United Cities & Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress in Rabat, Morocco, October 1-4, 2013. As the first globally comparable, city-level index measuring the child-friendliness of cities, the index will be a crucial first step towards improving conditions for children in urban environments worldwide. Click here for more information.

Cities and Ageing Policy Snapshot - September 30, 2013 - Toronto, Canada
GCIF and Philips released the "Cities and Ageing" in the GCIF policy snapshot series. By 2050, for the first time in human history, there will be more older people in the world than children under 14 years of age. By that same year, 70 percent of the world population will be urbanized. In this report, GCIF, in partnership with Philips, examine the implications of these two converging global demographic trends and the policy and planning challenges associated with “age friendly cities. Click to view.




RECENT NEWS & EVENTS


Public Sector Open Data Meeting - July 21, 2014 - Region of Niagara, Canada
WCCD staff presented the new ISO 37120 standard at a Public Sector Open Data (PSOD) Meeting at the Niagara Region offices in Thorold, Ontario. The PSOD Working Group is made up of municipal and provincial stakeholders based in southern Ontario. The meeting was an opportunity for stakeholders to provide an update of their respective open data initiatives and discuss next steps.

World Council on City Data Conference Call Meeting - June 26, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
Director Patricia McCarney and Senator Art Eggleton from the Global City Indicators Facility chaired the first World Council on City Data (WCCD) Meeting. The WCCD vision and mission, governance structure, work plan, and the ISO 37120 certification were discussed with the WCCD Foundational Partner Cities.

American National Standards Institute Network for Smart Sustainable Cities Webinar - June 24, 2014 - New York, USA
Director Patricia McCarney and Helen Ng from the Global City Indicators Facility were featured speakers during the first in a series of the monthly webinars by ANSI Network for Smart Sustainable Cities (ANSSC). The ISO 37120 Standard on City Indicators, the World Council on City Data (WCCD) pilot of the standard, and the development of indicators on sustainable development and resilience in cities were the primary focus of their presentation to the 70 participants representing cities, counties, provincial and federal government agencies, professional societies, universities, think tanks, NGOs, and corporations. Click here to read more.

WLI Members only Event: An Evening with Prof. Patricia McCarney - June 18, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
Professor Patricia McCarney was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Patricia presented on the work of the GCIF and GCI, as well as her own personal journey to a group of leaders and influencers in real-estate & development. Click here to visit the event site.

Taking Indicators for City Services Global - June 13, 2014 - Patricia McCarney, Public Sector Digest
An article written by Patricia McCarney about the newly published ISO37120 and World Council on City Data was featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Public Sector Digest. The article provides an overview of the first ISO standard for city metrics and considers the benefits of ISO37120 for Canadian municipalities.Click here to view the article.

Finally, clear performance data for comparing the world’s cities - June 4, 2014 - Neal Peirce, Citiscope & The Atlantic
GCIF Director Patricia McCarney and the ISO 37120 Standard for Cities which she championed were both featured in the Citiscope. Neal Peirce highlighted how city policymakers will now have objective standard to measure and compare their services and performance with other cities around the world. The third party verified data will be used to improve cities’ credit and bond ratings and appeal to investors. It can also assist non-profit organizations, businesses, and ordinary citizens to raise concerns or demands around their own city’s performance. Neal Peirce’s article was also picked up by The Atlantic, CITYLAB. Click here to view the article.

International Forum on Global Cities and Social Mobility - May 29-30, 2014 - Monterrey, Mexico
GCIF Director Patricia McCarney presented at the International Forum on Global Cities and Social Mobility in Monterrey, Mexico. This Forum focused on possible strategies, policies, and practices to address challenges such as extreme poverty, urban population growth, urban marginality, and securing social mobility. Click here to view the event site.

ISO – TC268 Sustainable Development of Communities Plenary - May 19-23, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
The GCIF together with the Standards Council of Canada hosted the TC268 Plenary Meeting in Toronto on May 19-23, 2014. This meeting convened international experts from over 25 countries. Director Patricia McCarney convened this Working Group on City Indicators to help further develop indicators on sustainable development and resilience.

Global City Indicators: Metrics, Standardization, and Smarter Cities Presentation to the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Economic Development Committee - May 8, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
Director Patricia McCarney presented on the challenges in the field of data, the work of the GCIF and GCI, the Global Cities Summit, and the ISO 37120 Standard for Cities at the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Economic Development Committee Meeting in Toronto, Canada.

City Next Smart Competitiveness Forum - April 23, 2014 - Beijing, China
GCIF Director Patricia McCarney was a keynote speaker at ‘City Next City competitiveness’ Forum, an event that was co-hosted by Microsoft and the Chinese Society for Urban Studies. Professor McCarney joined a group of professional engineers, world-renowned academics, and senior governors from Chinese cities for a discussion about the importance of standardized city metrics and comparative big data for sustainable development. The discussion aimed to generate innovation on smart cities and develop a performance measurement framework on intelligent infrastructure.

City Zenith 11th Global Partner City Coordination Conference Call - April 1, 2014 - Menlo Park, USA
Director Patricia McCarney was a speaker on the City Zenith 11th Global Partner City Coordination Conference Call. Patricia presented on the GCIF, GCI, and the new ISO Standard for Cities: ISO 37120 Sustainable Development in Communities – Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life to the 33 international participants from 17 cities in 11 countries.

New study looks at Toronto region’s economic competitiveness - February 12, 2014 - Hamutal Dotan, Yonge Street
The Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF) report Data, Boundaries, Competitiveness: The Toronto Urban Region in Global Context was featured in the *innovation & job news section of Yonge Street (www.yongestreetmedia.ca). Under the headline, New study looks at Toronto region’s economic competitiveness, the article summarizes the rationale and findings of the GCIF report that uses aggregated data from 5 single-tier, 6 upper-tier and 20 lower-tier municipalities to define the “Toronto Urban Region” in a global economic comparative framework. Click here to view the article.

ISO TC268 Sustainable Development of Communities Working Group Meetings - February 10-14, 2014 - Yokohama, Japan
The GCIF Director and Chair of Canadian Committee for TC268, Patricia McCarney, convened the Working Group meeting on City Indicators and led discussions on the development of resilience indicators. The GCIF also participated in Working Group meetings on Management Systems for Sustainable Development and Smart Community Infrastructure Metrics.

Toronto Region Vision 2014: Big Ideas for the Region - February 6, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
The GCIF participated in Toronto Region Vision 2014: Big Ideas for the Region hosted by CivicAction, Toronto Transit Alliance, and Evergeen where priorities for a long-term vision for the region were identified. The results from this session will be published in a report that is intended to inform elections in 2014. Click here to view event site.

CityWorks Leaders Council - January 30, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
Professor Patricia McCarney, Director of GCIF, participated as the city indicators expert at the Evergreen CityWorks’ Leaders Council meeting held at the Brick Works. The group comprised of 25 innovative thinkers from across government, business, non-profit, and science and technology sectors discussed key strategies for improving the strength of our cities.More

GCIF Newsletter #7 - January 2014
Read about GCIF's most recent activities in our January 2014 Newsletter. Read the Newsletter

GCIF Ontario Roundtable - December 10, 2013 - Vaughan, Canada
The Ontario Roundtable, hosted by GCIF and Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua of the City of Vaughan, presented initial findings from the GCIF Aggregation Pilot Exercise in the Toronto Urban Region. Aggregated data from the TUR was compared to other urban regions and next steps to roll out the Aggregation Tool were discussed. Municipalities in the Toronto Urban Region and several local agencies and provincial ministries also discussed an Ontario Municipal Data Platform to improve the collection and use of municipal data across the province.

ANSI Workshop: Smart and Sustainable Cities - November 21, 2013 - Washington D.C., USA
GCIF Director, Patricia McCarney attended the ANSI Workshop: Smart and Sustainable Cities on November 21st in Washington, D.C. The workshop explored how standards and conformance solutions can contribute to achieving smart, sustainable, and resilient cities. Attendees considered the need for coordinated U.S. participation in international smart cities initiatives, the priority areas for standardization, and who needs to be involved. Click here for more information.

City of London - November 13, 2013 - London, Canada
GCIF staff presented an overview of GCIF to the City of London on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Attendees included staff from various city departments, including the Age Friendly London initiative.

ISO Working Group Meetings - October 28-November 1, 2013 - Geneva, Switzerland
The Global City Indicators Facility attended International Standards Organization Technical Committee on Sustainable Development in Communities (TC268) meetings on October 28 to Nov 1, 2013 in Geneva. The GCIF convened the Working Group meeting on City Indicators and Working Group Experts reviewed and approved final comments for the final draft of ISO 37120. ISO 37120 is scheduled to be published in early 2014.

New Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto - September 11, 2013 - Toronto, Canada
The Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto was launched on September 11, 2013. The GCI convenes collaborative, cross-disciplinary research that bridges the fields of urban governance, planning, design, technology and economics. GCIF is to become an anchor program of the Institute. Visit the new website: www.globalcitiesinstitute.org

Regional and Single-tier CAOs Meeting - September 27, 2013 - Toronto, Canada
GCIF presented at a Regional and Single-tier CAOs meeting on September 27th to seek collaboration from the upper-tier municipalities in the Aggregation Pilot exercise and to introduce the Ontario Municipal Data Platform proposal.

Inter-Ministerial Working Group - September 25, 2013 - Toronto, Canada
GCIF met with nine Ontario ministries and Metrolinx on September 25th, to introduce the GCIF Aggregation Pilot Exercise and discuss the proposal of an Ontario Municipal Data Platform. These ministries and Metrolinx are collaborating with GCIF to make relevant datasets available to Ontario municipalities.

Meeting of the Minds - September 9-11, 2013 - Toronto, Canada
GCIF Director, Patricia McCarney participated in a panel on Globally Standardized Indicators for Resilient Cities. The panel was moderated by Senator Art Eggleton and other speakers included Nico Tillie (City of Rotterdam), Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua (City of Vaughan), and Michinaga Kohno (Hitachi, Ltd.)

Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario - July 20, 2013 - Region of Niagara, Canada
GCIF presented at a Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario meeting in July. The presentation introduced the Aggregation Pilot Exercise with Ontario municipalities and the Ontario Municipal Platform.

GCIF Report "Cities and Prosperity" Available Online
The GCIF Report "Cities and Prosperity" (No.1) is available online for download. Read the GCIF Cities and Prosperity Report

Meeting of the Minds Blog
A blog on Standardized Indicators for Informed Cities, written by GCIF Director Patricia McCarney, was featured on the Meeting of the Minds Blog in March. Read the Blog

ISO Working Group Meeting – July 1-5, 2013 – Bornholm, Denmark
The Global City Indicators Facility attended International Organization for Standardization Plenary meetings for Technical Committee on Sustainable Development in Communities (TC268) from July 1-5, 2013 in Bornholm, Denmark. All three Working Groups: Management Systems, City Indicators and Infrastructure Metrics held meetings throughout the week. The Working Group on City Indicators continued on-going discussions and work on the Technical Report “Overview and Assessment of Indicators for Sustainable Development and Resilience in Cities”. The ballot for ISO 37120 “Sustainable Development in Communities – Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life” is currently open for voting by participating national member bodies. The ballot will close on August 27, 2013.

3rd International Child Friendly Cities Conference - June 27-29, 2013 - Kathmandu, Nepal
GCIF presented with UNICEF on the development of an Urban Child Development Index at the 3rd International Conference for the Child Friendly Asia Pacific Network held from June 27-29, 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

GCIF Forum on Municipal Indicators in the Toronto Urban Region – June 18, 2013 – Vaughan, Canada
In this 5th Working Group Meeting on the GCIF Aggregation Tool Pilot Exercise, opportunities for collaboration and data sharing were explored between single-tier, lower-tier, and upper-tier municipalities and the Province of Ontario. The forum examined the potential benefits of aggregated data to showcase the strengths of the region in terms of economic competitiveness and sustainable prosperity. Streamlined data collection between the various participating stakeholders was identified as a goal to work towards, in the form of an Ontario Municipal Data Platform.

OCE Discovery – May 27-28, 2013 – Toronto, Canada
GCIF Director Patricia McCarney participated in the panel, "Intelligent Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure," at OCE Discovery, an annual trade show bringing together the best and brightest in academia, industry, investment and government to showcase leading research and technology in Ontario. The panel was chaired by Senator Art Eggleton, Chair of the GCIF International Advisory Board. Find out more

CUSP Workshop, NYU – May 14-16, 2013 - New York, USA
GCIF participated in a three day workshop at CUSP – Centre for Urban Science and Progress – at New York University, from May 14-16, 2013. The workshop brought together leading experts to discuss modeling and simulation capabilities to be deployed in CUSP’s future research program, including the development of a comprehensive model of New York City. CUSP was announced in 2012 by the initiative of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to become the world’s leading authority in urban informatics. The University of Toronto is a partner in the CUSP consortium, consisting of leaders in higher learning, technology and public service. Visit CUSP

2nd Annual IDG Conference, MIT – May 2, 2013
GCIF Director Patricia McCarney attended the conference, "Unconventional wisdom: Learning in international development practice," which brought together high-level practitioners, policy makers, scholars, Fellows and students for plenary sessions, roundtables and workshops on the theme of knowledge creation and learning from multiple sources. The Keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Joan Clos, Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT. The conference was followed by a celebration of SPURS 25th anniversary. Read more

GCIF Aggregation Working Group Meeting #4 - April 26, 2013 - Vaughan, Canada
The fourth working group meeting for the GCIF Aggregation Tool Pilot Exercise was held on Friday, April 26th. The meeting was hosted by the City of Vaughan and Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, also a GCIF Board Member, gave opening remarks and welcomed the working group to the award-winning Vaughan City Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the aggregation of data for the Toronto Region and progress on the GCIF Aggregation Tool.

GCIF-UNICEF-Cities Alliance Workshop – April 15, 2013 – Washington, DC, USA
GCIF met with partners from UNICEF and Cities Alliance to discuss potentials of future collaboration. The workshop was hosted by Cities Alliance at their offices in the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.

Sustainable Cities Symposium - April 19, 2013 - Oakville, Canada
Senator Art Eggleton, Chair of the GCIF International Advisory Board, delivered the keynote address on "Why Cities? Why Metrics?" on the GCIF at the Sustainable Cities Symposium in Oakville, Canada. The presentation was followed by a discussion led by Senator Eggleton and GCIF Director Patricia McCarney on the importance of standardized indicators. The event was hosted by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and the Oakville Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Siemens and other sustainability industry leaders were present.

GCIF West Asia/North Africa Roundtable - February 24-25, 2013 - Amman, Jordan
The Global City Indicators Facility in partnership with the Arab Urban Development Institute and the Arab Towns Organization hosted a roundtable on city indicators and metrics for cities in the West Asia/North Africa Region. This Roundtable was held in Amman, Jordan from February 24-25, 2013. The purpose of the Roundtable was to discuss the importance and uses of GCIF indicators and urban metrics for the West Asia/North Africa Region, and to broaden the GCIF membership base in this region.

ISO Working Group Meeting – February 12-13, 2013 – Paris, France
The Global City Indicators Facility attended International Standards Organization Technical Committee on Sustainable Development in Communities (TC268) meetings on February 12-13, 2013 in Paris. The Working Group Experts reviewed comments and finalized the Working Draft International Standard for submission and publication as an International Standard.

GCIF Newsletter #5 - December 2012
Read about GCIF's most recent activities in our December 2012 Newsletter.Read the Newsletter

Ontario Cities Aggregation Teleconference - December 10, 2012 – Toronto, Canada
The GCIF held a third working group meeting by teleconference with Ontario municipalities on the Ontario Cities Aggregation Pilot to discuss the results from the GCIF Aggregation Function testing of indicators and plan for next steps.

ISO Working Group 2 Meetings – December 3-4, 2012 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Global City Indicators Facility participated in the International Standards Organization Technical Committee on Sustainable Development in Communities (TC268) Working Group 2 meetings in Rotterdam. The Working Group Experts reviewed comments and work on revision for the Working Draft International Standard.

CWWA’s 2012 Window on Ottawa – November 29-30, 2012 – Ottawa, Canada
GCIF presented at the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s 2012 Window on Ottawa event on the work of the Global City Indicators. The event brought federal regulators, private sector companies, and water and wastewater utility manages from across the country to discuss water and wastewater priorities, infrastructure, funding, regulations, public private partnerships, and evaluation tools.

Sustainability Exchange 2012 – November 9, 2012 – Huntsville, Canada
The GCIF participated in the Town of Huntsville’s Sustainability Solutions Exchange 2012. GCIF was asked to present on how its indicators can be used to help Ontario cities measure and monitor their performance.

ISO Working Group Meetings – October 8-11, 2012 – London, UK
The Global City Indicators Facility attended the International Standards Organization Technical Committee on Sustainable Development in Communities (TC268) Working Group meetings. The GCI New Work Item Proposal submitted to the ISO by the GCIF was approved by participating member countries and a Working Group was created to develop this Global International Standard. GCIF met with Working Group experts from participating countries to discuss the development of this International Standard. GCIF also participated in parallel Working Group meetings being held by France for their Management Systems and with Japan for their Smart Urban Infrastructure Metrics.

GCIF released its 2012 Report
The Global City Indicators Facility has released its 2012 report. The book was launched at the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum 6 in Naples, Italy.See more

GCIF at the United Nations World Urban Forum - September 1-7, 2012 - Naples, Italy
The Global City Indicators Facility attended the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum 6 in Naples, Italy from September 1-7, 2012. GCIF hosted two Networking Events: "City Indicators and Comparative Measurement in European Cities" with the PolisMaker Lab – Politecnico di Milano and "Global Cities Panel: Why Cities? Why Metrics?".See Panel Invitations and Agendas

GCIF Newsletter # 4 - July 2012
Read about GCIF's most recent activities in our newsletter. Read the Newsletter

FCM's 75th Annual Conference and Trade Show - June 1-4, 2012 - Saskatoon, Canada
The Global City Indicators Facility exhibited at FCM's 75th Annual Conference and Trade Show at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to expand GCIF membership of Canadian Cities. The congress and exposition were visited by municipal political leaders and senior staff from municipalities all across Canada.

GCIF African Roundtable - April 18-19, 2012 - Nairobi, Kenya
The Global City Indicators Facility in partnership with the Global Urban Observatory of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the United Cities and Local Governments-Africa hosted a roundtable discussion on city indicators and metrics for Africa. This African Cities Roundtable was held in Nairobi, Kenya on April 18 & 19. The purpose of the African Cities Roundtable was to discuss the importance and uses of GCIF indicators and urban metrics for Africa, and to broaden the GCIF membership base in Africa.

Ukrainian Delegation - March 9, 2012 - GCIF Headquarters, Toronto, Canada
The Ukraine Municipal Local Economic Development (MLED) delegation along with three GCIF Ukrainian member cities – Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kryvyi Rih met with GCIF to discuss the importance of urban metrics, GCIF membership and data entry for Ukrainian cities. GCIF gave a demonstration of the GCIF website, how to enter GCIF indicators, how to generate and use GCIF comparative reports, as well as how to use data to inform policies and decision making.

Environmental Advisory Committee Meeting - March 6, 2012 – Oshawa, Canada
The GCIF was invited to present to members of the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee on the work of the Global City Indicators, and the new GCIF 2012 Cities and Prosperity Report.

“Smart Cities for All” Workshop, World Bank - March 5-6, 2012 - Washington, D.C., USA
The Global City Indicators Facility participated and presented at the World Bank’s “Smart Cities for All” workshop to discuss how GCIF indicators can be used to address needs, challenges and opportunities faced by city administrators.

Lecture on Global Cities - February 27, 2012 - Freie University, Berlin, Germany
Patricia McCarney, Director of the GCIF gave a lecture on global cities including the use of urban metrics to address global challenges and needs at Freie University in Berlin.

GCIF Reception and Cities and Prosperity Report Launch – February 10, 2012 - Toronto, Canada
The GCIF Report "Cities and Prosperity" was launched at a GCIF Reception in Toronto, attended by many distinguished guests from the Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, GCIF member cities, media, non-governmental organizations and private partners. Cities and Prosperity is the first of a series of upcoming reports on prosperity. This first report highlights the potentials of GCIF data for the evaluation and assessment of prosperity in cities and the body of metrics GCIF will be tracking over future years for more effective city management.

GCIF Aggregation Tool - Pilot Exercise with Ontario Municipalities – December 15, 2011 & January 19, 2012 - Toronto, Canada
On December 15th 2011 the Global City Indicators Facility organized and hosted a meeting for GCIF member cities in Ontario together with the Province of Ontario to discuss the piloting of GCIF’s Aggregation Tool. The aggregation function on the GCIF website will enable GCIF municipal data to be aggregated to different regional levels. The Working Group was established and it was agreed that the GCIF will pilot the Aggregation Tool using a sub-set of GCIF and MPMP indicators from the Ontario Government with cities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Preliminary results were presented at the Working Group meeting in January 2012. GCIF is now working on piloting specific indicators for the aggregation function in preparation for the next meeting.

Making Cities Work Series. USAID – December 6, 2011 - Washington DC, USA
A presentation was made to USAID in Washington, DC on the Global City Indicators Facility and the importance of urban metrics in a global context, which was broadcast as a webinar on their “Making Cities Work” Series.

Cities Alliance and GCIF Working Group on Urban Poverty – December 5, 2011, Washington DC, USA
The Global City Indicators Facility met with Cities Alliance to establish a GCIF – Cities Alliance Working Group tasked with the review of existing and new indicators on urban poverty.

Sustainable Community Development – November 2011, Helsinki, Finland
The Global City Indicators Facility participated in the Sibbesborg: Sustainable Community Development deliberations. The City of Helsinki is now a member of the GCIF and is very interested in the GCIF pilot exercise on aggregated data at the economic functional area for Greater Helsinki.

National League of Cities: Congress of Cities and Exposition - November 9-11, 2011 - Phoenix, USA
The Global City Indicators Facility exhibited at the NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona and encouraged expansion of U.S. cities into the GCIF membership. The congress and exposition was visited by 3,500 mayors, council members, city managers, city clerks and other key city employees from cities all across the United States.

Toronto Forum for Global Cities 5th Annual Meeting: Innovation Cities: Powering the Future - October 24-25, 2011 - Toronto, Canada
The Global City Indicators Facility presented at the Toronto Forum for Global Cities 5th Annual Meeting in the Closing Plenary Session on Oct 24th titled, “Innovation Cities: Powering the Future” together with Nitin Kawale, President, CISCO Canada; Bindu N. Lohani, Vice-President, Asian Development Bank; Adam Knelman Ostry, Senior Counsellor, OECD. The Session was chaired by Bill Mantel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Inter-Agency Advisory Group Workshop, Gwangju Summit of the Urban Environmental Accords - October 13, 2011 - Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Members of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global City Indicators Facility, city governments, international agencies, and global companies gathered to discuss sustainable city metrics and to consider the merits of a globally accepted standard for an urban environmental index.

2011 Gwangju Summit of the Urban Environmental Accords - October 11-13, 2011 - Gwangju, Republic of Korea
The Global City Indicators Facility participated in the 2011 Gwangju Summit of the Urban Environmental Accords and presented in the Opening Plenary Session, chaired by Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, Texas, USA. The Urban Environmental Accords were originally drafted and signed by mayors from 52 cities in celebration of World Environment Day in 2005 and the 60th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations charter in San Francisco. Now over 100 cities in 45 countries have endorsed the Accords. This summit created a unique chance for cities to convene and strengthen their commitment to urban environmentalism. The 2011 Gwangju Summit of the UEA was co-hosted by Mayor Kang Un-Tae of Gwangju, Republic of Korea; Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP and Mayor Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco, California, USA.

FCM Municipal Local Economic Development Project and Association of Ukrainian Cities: Mayors Forum - June 25-July 2, 2011 - Ukraine
As part of the Municipal Local Economic Development Project led by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Global City Indicators Facility met with three Ukrainian cities – Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kryvyi Rih to discuss urban metrics and performance measurement. The GCIF also presented at the Association of Ukrainian Cities Annual Mayors Forum to over 300 Ukrainian Mayors.

Sixth Global Forum on Human Settlements - Building Low-Carbon Cities: A Response to Climate Change - April 7-8, 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, USA
The GCIF participated in a conference on low carbon cities in New York co-hosted by the Global Forum on Urban Settlements and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). GCIF presented its work and exchanged successful experiences on low-carbon city building and green economy initiatives.

Global City Indicators Facility and Inter-American Development Bank Partnership
The Global City Indicators Facility is working in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank’s Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative with cities in Latin America. As a result of this partnership, the GCIF held a workshop in February in Trujillo, Peru as part of a pilot exercise. The workshop included Trujillo’s Municipal Chamber of Commerce, city officials and institutions of the Provincial Municipality of Trujillo. The GCIF and IDB also held a meeting in Cartagena, Colombia in May with IDB’s four pilot cities and the network of cities “Como Vamos” to discuss work with city indicators and the IDB Sustainable Cities Initiative.

Knowledge Cities Conference - March 1-2, 2011 - Al-Madinah Al-Munawarrah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The GCIF was invited to speak at a conference on knowledge cities in Saudi Arabia hosted by the Municipality of Al-Madinah Al-Munawarrah together with the World Bank.

World Health Organization Consultation Meeting on Urban Health Metrics Research - February 23-25, 2010 - Kobe, Japan
The GCIF was invited by the WHO to present its work on urban health metrics at the WHO Centre for Health Development's meeting on urban health metrics research in Kobe, Japan.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - February 11, 2011 - Washington, DC, USA
The GCIF was invited to present our work on the development of a globally standardized set of indicators for cities worldwide as part of a panel hosted by U.S. HUD which includes Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, HUD, Jessica Rosen Tulodo, USAID, James A. Brooks, National League of Cities and Abha Joshi-Ghani, The World Bank.

OECD Roundtable on Environmental Indicators for Cities - November 29, 2010 - Paris, France
The GCIF was invited to present its work to the OECD in Paris. The meeting was hosted by the OECD Working Parties on Territorial Indicators and on Territorial Development Policies in Urban Areas. It brought together international experts and policy-makers from all OECD countries to discuss evidence based policies for regional and urban economies.

UCLG 3rd Congress, Local and Regional Leaders World Summit 2010 - November 16-20, 2010 - Mexico City, Mexico
The GCIF was invited by UNESCO to present its diversity and immigration research and indicators at UNESCO's International Seminar in Mexico City: How could we enhance inclusiveness for international migrants in our cities?: Urban policies and creative practices

100 CITIES!
Welcome Kabul, Afghanistan - GCIF's 100th Member! Over 100 cities are now contributing to the Global City Indicators Facility database.

ICLEI: 1st World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change - May 28-30, 2010 - Bonn, Germany
The GCIF participated in ICLEI’s 1st World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change.

Carbon Expo - May 26-28, 2010 - Cologne, Germany
The GCIF participated in the Carbon Expo in Cologne. The Global City Indicators Facility was presented as a tool to assist cities with climate change challenges allowing cities to track and measure their mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Helsinki Design Lab Sustainability Studio - May 24-28, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland
The GCIF provided indicator expertise to this Sustainability studio on achieving a carbon neutral strategy for Finland.

The Comparative Genetics of Cities: Towards an Integrated Methodology for Pragmatic Urban Decision-making - May 21-23, 2010 - London, UK
The GCIF contributed experiences in setting up and running an Indicators Facility.

CMHC Sustainable Housing and Communities Working Group - April 26, 2010 - Montreal, Canada
The GCIF was presented to CMHC members during the National Housing Research Committee’s Sustainable Housing and Communities Working Group session

Greater Toronto Area Roundtable – April 23, 2010 - Guelph, Canada
The GCIF presented the Global City Indicators to cities of the Greater Toronto area to discuss the need to agglomerate indicators for municipalities within the metropolitan area.

United Nations World Urban Forum 2010 - March 22-26, 2010 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
GCIF hosted two networking events with member cities and launched its first Annual Report at UN HABITAT’s World Urban Forum in Brazil 2010.

"City Indicators and Comparative Measurement" - March 24, 2010
GCIF hosted a roundtable with global cities, urban practitioners and international organizations to discuss the importance of globally comparative indicators. Preliminary first year data was presented by the city panelists as “City Reports” and a Global City Indicators Report 2010 was launched. This event was open to all cities and interested international and local organizations and citizens.View Event Program

"Towards a Comparative City Set of Indicators": World Urban Forum 2010 - March 22, 2010
GCIF co-hosted a networking event with the City of Sao Paulo for a number of Brazilian cities in partnership with the Ministry of Cities of Brazil, the Cities Alliance, the World Bank and the Monitoring and Research Division of UN-HABITAT. The need for a standardized set of indicators was examined at both the city level and the national level in Brazil. This event was open to all cities and interested international and local organizations and citizensView Event Program

UN-HABITAT's Expert Group Meeting - "The Global Urban Trends: New Paradigms in Developing Indicators for Urban Observatories" - February 8-10, 2010 - Dead Sea, Jordan
The GCIF participated in the Expert Group Meeting to present the GCIF set of indicators and to discuss the current state of urban indicators.

World Future Energy Summit - January 18-21, 2010 - Masdar City & Abu Dhabi, UAE
The GCIF was presented in the session "A New Low2No Carbon Urbanism" at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. The session explored questions around how existing cities should evolve and what are the economic, policy and regulatory conditions that will affect systematic change using case study examples from around the world. The Global City Indicators Facility was presented as a case study.

Urban Age Institute: Sustainable City Finance - January 7, 2010 - New York, USA
GCIF participated in the "Sustainable City Finance" event co-hosted by the Urban Age Institute and the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City to discuss the role of a global standard set of city indicators for more effective city management and sustainable city planning.

Third National Land Congress - October 28-30, 2009 - Merida, Mexico
GCIF presented the Global City Indicators Facility at the Third National Land Congress in Merida, Yucatan Mexico to introduce the Facility to Mexican cities and the Mexican National Government.

World Bank - A Dialogue on Cities and Climate Change - September 2009 - Washington, USA
GCIF participated in the World Bank event "A Diagloue on Cities and Climate Change" for discussion with private sector partners and other institutional partners.

CITYNET Yokohama Congress - September 7-11, 2009 - Yokohama, Japan
The Global City Indicators Facility attended the CITYNET Yokohama Congress in Japan to present the Facility to cities in the Asian region.

Philippines Training Workshop - September 11, 2009 - Manila, Philippines
GCIF co-hosted a training workshop with the League of Cities of the Philippines to train current member cities in the Philippines to enter data on the GCIF website and to introduce the Global City Indicators Facility to potential new members.

Vietnam Workshop - September 18, 2009 - Haiphong, Vietnam
The GCIF presented the Global City Indicators Facility at the workshop on Inidcators for Urban Management hosted by Haiphong city.

Ontario Research Fund: Research Excellence – July 2009
The Global City Indicators Facility submitted an application to the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovations for a $4 million research grant. If successful, this grant will assist the GCIF with expanding its activities and sustaining the Facility.

World Bank Urban Research Symposium - June 2009 - Marseilles, France
The Global City Indicators Facility was presented to researchers and practitioners at the Urban Research Symposium. The GCIF Director presented a paper titled “City Indicators on Climate Change: Implications for Policy Leverage and Governance”.

Japan Workshop - June 2009
A workshop on the Global City Indicators Facility was hosted by PADECO. Cities from Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia were present. The Facility was presented to city leaders and discussions were held on the use of indicators and the expansion of the Global City Indicators Facility in the Asian region.

Carbon Expo - June 2009 - Barcelona, Spain
The Global City Indicators Facility participated in two World Bank panels at the Carbon Expo in Barcelona: “Creating Urban Carbon Assets: From Concepts to Action” and “Climate Challenge – A Voice for Cities”. The Global City Indicators Facility was presented as a tool to assist cities with climate change challenges allowing cities to track and measure their mitigation and adaptation efforts

Cities Symposium - June 2009 - Barcelona, Spain
The Global City Indicators Facility participated in a Cities Symposium “Cities, Climate Change and Finance: Elements for a Cities-Led Agenda on the Road to Copenhagen” sponsored by the World Bank, City of Barcelona and Government of Spain.

ICLEI World Congress - June 2009 - Edmonton, Canada
The Global City Indicators Facility participated in the ICLEI World Congress in Edmonton and made presentations in two sessions: “Governance and Planning Solutions for an integrated eco-city approach” and “Climate and Energy Resources – Project Market”. A presentation on the Global City Indicators Facility was made during the first session and a roundtable was held in the second session to introduce participants to the Global City Indicators Facility and host a discussion on the use and practice of indicators in the delegates’ cities.

GCIF Technical Workshop - Toronto, Canada
A workshop with member cities and international organizations to discuss the global city indicators on April 15-16.View agenda

Greater Toronto Area Roundtable - Toronto, Canada
Roundtable to discuss how best to agglomerate indicators for municipalities within a metropolitan area now being planned.

World Bank Sustainable Development Network Workshop - March 2009 - Washington, USA
GCIF presented the City Indicators Facility to the World Bank Sustainable Development Network “Building a Stronger Results Platform”

Angola Workshop
GCIF was in Angola for expert group meetings with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to discuss the use of city indicators and membership of Angolan cities.

UN-HABITAT Conference - Jordan
GCIF presents its work to the "Second Regional Conference on Creativity and Initiatives of Development in Arab Cities" in Amman, Jordan on April 27-29.

Greenhouse Gas Index
A Greenhouse Gas Index for measuring climate change in cities is now under development with the World Bank.

International Studies Association - New York, USA
GCIF organized a panel for ISA in New York City Feb 15-18, 2009 "Cities and Global Governance: Typologies" as part of a themed cluster titled "Cities as New Sites of Global Governance." GCIF was represented by the World Bank and GCIF Director.

Intergovernmental Panel on Cities and Climate Change - Columbia University, New York, USA
The Director of GCIF attended the IPC3 Conference and is the lead author of the IPC3 Report's Concluding Chapter on Cities and Governance.

GCIF Offical Launch, UN WUF - Nanjing, China
The Global City Indicators Facility was offically launched at the United Nations World Urban Forum in Nanjing, China November 2008.

Practitioners’ Roundtable on Energy Efficient Cities - October 2008 - World Bank, Washington, USA
GCIF presented the City Indicators Facility to the World Bank Energy Efficient Cities Workshop.

Partnership with UN-HABITAT MOU
A GCIF institutional Memorandum of Understanding is under development with UN-HABITAT.

Partnership with Clean Air Initiative - Asia
A GCIF institutional Memorandum of Understanding is now under development with the Clean Air Intiative in Asia.



The GCIF was initially sponsored by the World Bank and is now supported by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Government of Ontario, Canada with a generous grant for on-going programming and development. The GCIF is also supported through a growing number of partners, including the Cities Alliance, the Connaught Global Challenge Award at the University of Toronto, the Inter-American Development Bank, CISCO, Philips and GDF Suez.