Ian Townsend joined Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC (BGCP) as its first chief executive officer in June 2016. Before joining BGCP, he ran his own consultancy business working on global poverty and inequality and organisational change. This followed three and a half years as head of the research and analysis team at Development Initiatives (DI), a Bristol-based international development research organisation. At DI, he worked on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, becoming increasingly aware of the importance of environmental sustainability for development and poverty reduction. He also helped to run the South West International Development Network. Previously, he had a ten-year career in government – leading on emerging economies at the Foreign Office – and parliament – researching trade and international economic issues for MPs at the House of Commons Library research service and supporting select committee scrutiny. His career began in local government with three months with South Gloucestershire Council’s planning department.
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In this workshop the vital role of inclusion in bringing about the transition to a sustainable city is explored. How do we build trust and achieve inclusivity? And how do we do so in a way that helps us become more radical and transformative?
The panel explores how the Sustainable Development Goals are being implemented by cities across the world and how cities at different levels of development are addressing shared challenges.