Panelists (from left to right): Jennifer Schenker, Journalist at The Innovator (moderator); Yoo Jeong-Bok, Mayor of South Korea’s Incheon Metropolitan City; Kotchakorn Voraakhom, CEO of Landprocess, Founder of Porous City Network and Chairwoman of Climate Change Working Group at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA World); Mikolaj Sekutowicz, CEO of Impact One; and Xuemei Bai, Distinguished Professor for Urban Environment and Human Ecology at the Australian National University.
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The World Economic Forum has inaugurated the Global Commission for Nature-Positive Cities, an initiative that aims to create a pathway for more resilient, equitable and prosperous cities.
Cities consume over two thirds of the world’s primary energy and are responsible for 75% of all global greenhouse gas emissions¹; this is why cities need to be at the core of any environmental solution.
Mikolaj Sekutowicz, CEO of Impact One, was selected by the Forum as one of the 15 members of the founding commission, alongside other business leaders and civil society representatives, as well as the Mayors of San Francisco, Incheon, Barranquilla, Durban and Belem do Pará.
Impact One is spearheading the development of a new asset class of “Wellbeing Infrastructure” that aims to evaluate the full lifecycle impact of the built environment for the health of the population and ecosystem wellbeing, while providing tangible and evidence-based solutions that can be scaled and replicated within cities around the globe.
Through the co-founded One Health Research Center, Impact One follows a scientific, data-based approach to understanding the correlation between the built environment and the public health indicators.
support the long-term wellbeing and protection of the Yawanawa people and land and preserve cultural heritage through the construction of nature-positive developments in Yawanawa lands.
The built environment of cities today creates a population that spends 87% of its time indoors², with reduced mobility, almost no access to direct sunlight exposure and very bad air quality – indoors, as well as outdoors. The additional lack of microbiomes that are naturally provided by plants and animals is also a contributing factor to many immune system diseases³. The healthcare sector can only address the symptoms, but the underlying condition is programmed within our urban planning.
Embedded within the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Nature and Climate and Centre for Urban Transformation, the Global Commission addresses real-time urban challenges, shares successful urban planning experiences, identifies financial barriers, and advocates for nature-positive city design on the global stage. The Commission serves as a catalyst, influencing partners and stakeholders interested in embracing nature-positive transformations in urban areas.
In June 2023, Impact One joined the World Economic Forum Davos Baukultur Alliance, uniting public and private sector stakeholders to enhance the quality and culture of living environments. Impact One’s focus on well-being-oriented infrastructure and cultural projects uniquely positions it to contribute to this mission, as seen in a presentation at the World Economic Forum’s 14th Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China, on innovative Nature-Positive Interventions for Cities, as part of the panel discussion entitled Watering the Concrete Jungle: The Growth of Nature-Positive Cities.
Impact One aims to contribute to the Forum’s Nature Positive Cities Initiative by repurposing and regenerating services and spaces to ensure citizens can live, work, move and thrive in lively and resilient cities.
Find out more on the Nature Positive Cities website: www.naturepositivecities.org

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World Economic Forum’s Global Commission for Nature-Positive Cities inaugurated in partnership with Impact One

Impact One joins the World Economic Forum’s Global Commission for Nature-Positive Cities, an initiative that aims to create a pathway for more resilient, equitable and prosperous cities.
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