WUF7 City Changer Room Events April 6-11



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Nigeria06/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.The city of Lokoja and its potentialsThe city of Lokoja
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

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USA06/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.Pedagogies of Inclusion: Many people, Many Questions, Many PlacesThe New School - Parsons
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

“Pedagogies of Inclusion: Many People, Many Questions, Many Places”, presents a range of student and faculty-led projects from The New School spanning a wide geographic and disciplinary spectrum in the urban domain. As a series of rapid presentations, this event is aimed at urban students, academics, practitioners and policymakers engaged with capacity building, engagement of youth in urban transformations, and a unique equilibrium between theory and practice. The program introduced in this side-event will continue with concurrent breakout sessions in the WUF exhibition to discuss individual projects in more detail. A self-titled publication will be distributed to audience members and other interested parties at the event.

See the full list of WUF7 New School events here. 

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USA06/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Sustainable Santa Marta: What would it take for Santa Marta to Develop Sustainably?New York University
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

In this presentation, 3 New York University urban planning Master’s students who have been collaborating ith UN-Habitat will outline the case of Santa Marta, a rapidly growing city in northern Colombia. Event participants will hear about the challenges the city is facing including unsustainable growth of informal settlements, beach privatization, and a lack of water resources.

The presenters will also describe what will happen to Santa Marta in just 10 short years if nothing is done to change its course. Audience members will be grouped and asked to role play various Santa Marta stakeholders, such as the municipal government, the tourism sector, and more. The audience will put their heads together to take on - and hopefully balance - the perspectives of real actors to discuss ideas for what could be done to steer the city onto a better path of development. This highly interactive event will allow participants to think and collaborate on solutions to the problems of unsustainable growth that face so many cities around the world today.

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China06/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Urban Youth Empowerment and Ecological SafetyTESCO
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

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Colombia06/04/201404:00 p.m.-05:00 p.m.Building capital cities for lifeAsociación Colombiana de Ciudades Capitales
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Los Alcaldes de las Ciudades Capitales de Colombia quieren socializar en compañía de sus homólogos internacionales buenas prácticas llevadas a cabo en las administraciones locales, dentro del marco del Foro Urbano Mundial, para dar a conocer el trabajo realizado en la construcción y trabajo continúo en temas de Equidad Urbana y desarrollo de ciudades para la vida.

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GLOBAL06/04/201405:15 p.m.-12:00 a.m.Establishing the Technical Centre for Disaster Risk Management, Sustainability and Urban Resilience in Southern Africa (DIMSUR)UN-Habitat
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Cameroon07/04/201408:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Le programme participatif d'amélioration des bidonvilles au Cameroun (PPAB)FEICOM-CAMEROUN
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

More information coming soon. 

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Germany07/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Housing the Future: a policy dialogue on housing profiles as an instrument to assist national housing policy reformsGLOBUS - Global Urban Institute of the International Academy (gGmbH), at Freie Universität Berlin
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

No housing policy in the world can be cut in stone but must adapt to changing social, economic and environmental frameworks. UN-Habitat has been supporting several member states in identifying current policy challenges and opportunities for change with the instrument of National Housing Policies. A number of such profiles have been published already or are in the process of completion, covering about a dozen countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This one-hour session will review the use and potentials of housing profiles as tools to enable the formulation of better informed policy and decision making. It will highlight the practice in different settings with a special attention to the most recent sector study on Cuba. For further information please contact: globus@ina-fu.org

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Brazil07/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.Building cities for life through football: towards a more equitable urban development using the beautiful gameStreetfootballworld
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Football is the world’s most popular sport. All over the world, grassroots organisations are using the power of the game to create sustainable social change in their communities, addressing issues as HIV/AIDS, education, peace building, employability or gender equality. streetfootballworld is the global network that unites about 100 organizations. Worldwide, more than 700,000 children and youth benefit from our programmes. We will discuss how football can be used to address rising inequalities, empowering children and youth who are living in growing urban slums and who are often most affected by poverty, inequality and violence. Giving them a voice to become active citizens and creating safe public spaces for them to learn and play are key factors towards an equitable urban development. We will present a specific football-based methodology for youth development, called football3, which has been originated in Medellin, in 1994. Consistently applying this methodology has shown to increase leadership skills, communication capacity and tolerance while decreasing gender inequality. In this session you will also learn about a 10-year anti-violence strategy using football as a tool in Colombia, and bridging to Brazil, where this approach can contribute to a real social legacy of the World Cup 2014.

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07/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Cities for Life: Iberoamerica share its vision with the international communityCIDEU
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

A dialog will be brought forward with the intervention of academics, international experts, and local leaders, based on the conclusions and final recommendations adopted on the XXI Congress of CIDEU, and will seek to include reflections from regions beyond iberoamerica. This event aims to achieve a commited far-reaching overview and a specific contribution at the final conclusions of the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum as to the process that will trigger from the Forum towards HABITAT III in 2016.

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South Africa07/04/201402:45 p.m.-05:00 p.m.National Urban Policies: Ingredients of Success in the Pursuit of Equitable DevelopmentHuman Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

What is the purpose of urban policy and what approach is most effective? This event considers how national urban policies have evolved over time and identifies core principles of a common framework for national urban policies prepared by UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and HSRC in South Africa. It will help participants to distil lessons about good and bad practice in managing the pressures of urbanisation.

An underlying issue is the relationship between sectoral and spatial policies. Urban policies are inherently cross-cutting and place-based, so how do they both align and sensitise sectoral policies (housing, transport, infrastructure etc) to specific places? What is the minimum agenda in countries with weak institutions and stretched resources?

A related issue is the distinctive responsibilities of national and local governments. What are the appropriate functions of the national administration – signalling, incentivising, financing, regulating, capacity building and perhaps replacing local administrations in extreme circumstances? The experience of five countries with substantial experience of urban policy will be discussed: Australia, Brazil, Morocco, South Africa and South Korea. National representatives will explain how policy responses have adapted over time to shifting conditions and pressures to improve urban equity, economic prosperity and ecological resilience.

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USA07/04/201408:30 a.m.-09:30 a.m.Unpacking Targets for the Urban SDGCommunitas: Coalition For Sustainable Cities & Regions In The New Un Development Agenda
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

What are the aspirational targets which constitute a sustainable development goal (SDG) on sustainable cities & human settlements? In collaboration with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN), the Communitas Coalition invites you to take a deeper look at urban SDG targets and their role in shaping the built environment in the 21st century.

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Italy07/04/201409:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Innovative Practices Of Inclusive Urban DevelopmentKip International School
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

More information coming soon. 

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Morocco08/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.The know your city project: Building inclusive cities through partnerships between Local Government & Slum Dwellers In Zambia and Burkina FasoUnited Cities And Local Government Of Africa
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

More information coming soon. 

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Brazil08/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Brasil+20: A collective effort for defining a national policy for sustainable municipalitiesMinistry of Environment
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

This event aims to discuss the proposal of a National Program for Sustainable Municipalities elaborated by the Ministry of Environment, namely Brasil+20. One of the main assumptions of Brasil+20 is the convergence of governmental and non-governmental organizations that have been working on the sustainability agenda, focusing on the complementarity of their actions in progress. Brasil+20 can be considered an innovative initiative in the sense that it proposes a new way to involve local governments in the conception of sustainable policies. It considers at the same time local characteristics and priorities while responding to a larger regional and national framework regarding sustainable guidelines. Thus, the Program has the intention to design strategies for strengthening institutional capacity and also to improve existing tools for integrated multilevel planning. Brasil+20 advocates for recognition and dialogue while respecting the social diversity of Brazilian municipalities. On that note, the Brazilian Government would like to promote such debate that aims at promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation with a focus on fostering sustainability.

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South Africa08/04/201404:15 p.m.-06:15 p.m.Making new urban law: a dialogue between Latin America and AfricaAfrican Centre For Cities, University Of Cape Town
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Developing new urban legislation is a key challenge for Africa and Latin America. Latin American countries, and especially Brazil and Colombia, have impressive experience in introducing fundamental, progressive and innovative urban legal reforms. Urban law lies at the heart of efforts in both regions to develop cities that are just and inclusive, efficient for working and living and sustainable. The ACC at the University of Cape Town, with the support of donors, is developing an Urban Legal Guide to support African countries in developing more appropriate, more responsive and more effective urban legislation. With very little positive experience of urban legal reform in the region, we turn to Latin America for examples.

In this panel discussion we bring together experts from Kenya, South Africa and Zambia with those from Colombia and Brazil to explore what African countries can learn from the Latin American experience, and whether there are not also lessons that can be learned in the other direction.

This event will introduce the ideas behind the Urban Legal Guide and use those ideas to stimulate a South-South dialogue that focuses on the practical challenges facing countries on both sides of the Atlantic as they develop and strengthen their urban legal frameworks.

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USA08/04/201408:30 a.m.-09:30 a.m.Self-Recovery after Urban Disaster: Emerging Lessons from HaitiUC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Department of City and Regional Planning
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

The 2010 Haitian earthquake has spurred new developments in urban humanitarian response, with varying effects on self-recovery and long-term development. This networking session will highlight the relationship between humanitarian action, urban equity and recovery by focusing on (1) challenges and opportunities posed by the massive, though largely unguided, self-recovery actions of earthquake-affected populations; and (2) nascent efforts to better understand, engage and harness these efforts. Through three featured presentations, a panel discussion, and the display of informational posters, the session will explore ways in which promoting self-recovery can create an environment for more equitable urban development - in Haiti and elsewhere.

Presentations:
Harry Adam, Unit for Construction of Housing and Administrative Buildings (UCLBP), Haitian Government: Planning Unplanned Growth: Addressing the Informal Settlements of Canaan and Jerusalem
Rose-May Guignard, Inter-ministerial Commission for Territorial Management (CIAT), Haitian Government: Urban In-fill Housing Developments in Post-Earthquake Port-au-Prince
Anna Konotchick, UC Berkeley and USAID OFDA Shelter and Settlements Graduate Research Fellow: Haitian Self-Recovery at Three Scales

Moderation by:
Christopher Ward, United States' Agency for International Development
Ann Lee, Women’s Refugee Commission
Kate Crawford, University College London’s Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience

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France08/04/201409:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Financing inclusive and sustainable urban development in Latin AmericaAgence Française De Développement
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Latin American cities have acquired growing responsibilities in urban planning. Nowadays, they face massive investment requirements to address the major social and environmental challenges caused by urban growth. However, these needs cannot be fulfilled only by cities’ own resources. Financing these investments has become a priority for political leaders willing to promote an equitable urban development. Following three rounds of debates held in 2013 in Bogota, Brazil and Mexico on the topic of inclusive and sustainable urban development financing, this city changer event aims at presenting the seminars’ main conclusions summarized in the French Development Agency (AFD)’s publication “Financing Latin America’s cities”.

Discussions will be mainly focused on two challenges, namely urban land management and Public Private Partnerships as potential financing tools for urban development. The event will consist in a round-table moderated by Ricardo Montezuma (Colombian Foundation Ciudad Humana), bringing together Philippe Orliange (director for Latin America at AFD), Francisco Jacomé (expert in urban land management in Bogota), and Renato Nunes Balbim (researcher at the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research). H.E. Alejandro Nieto, Vice-Minister of Territorial Development in Mexico, will be the guest of honor of this event. Discussions will be followed by an exchange with the public.

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Australia08/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.An Evidence-based framework contributing to just cities for childrenWorld Vision International
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

World Vision International will present its urban action research and learning initiative in six countries addressing the mega-trend of urbanisation and its impact on the most vulnerable. The key objectives of the event are:

  • Rethinking the role of an INGO in an urban century 
  • Contributing to cities for children 
  • Dialogue and discussion to inform action models 

World Vision launched a multi-country operational research initiative in partnership with its local field offices and partners. A meta-analysis across the six pilot programmes is informing local-level action models to implement in urban areas. The audience will hear about innovative mobilisation and accountability approaches. They will learn about municipal planning and policy reform led by children and youth of La Paz, Surabaya, Phnom Penh, Siliguri, Beirut, and Kanpur who are gaining credibility as legitimate actors in the municipal governance space. A key driver of urban equity in these pilots is the participation of local communities in decision-making forums and policy implementation mechanisms that build human capital, and facilitate an inter-generational transfer of knowledge and practices. The event will also include presentations by country representatives, including multimedia to illustrate contexts and activities.

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Israel09/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.Planning and building rights for palestinian in East Jerusalem and Area C of the West BankInternational Peace Cooperation Center - Ipcc
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

This event aims at exploring different approaches to address the Palestinian national urban right to development in East Jerusalem and Area C, by community-led planning, initiated since 2008 by the International Peace and Cooperation Center in 10 neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and 63 localities in Area C of West Bank. The event will also share experiences with similar struggles and planning efforts in Latin America. East Jerusalem and Area C are two distinctive cases and key components for a viable sustainable Palestinian state. Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Area C find themselves living within restrictivepolitical, spatial and socio-economical boundaries that limit their choices and rights to shape their future Palestinian state. Since its annexation in 1967, East Jerusalem was ruled by the Israeli Jerusalem City Council, strengthening the development of Jewish settlements while limiting and restricting the Palestinian development to levels far below the needs . Area C, a zone comprising 60% of the West Bank area and the only contagious significant land mass, was put under the Israeli military rule since the Oslo interim agreement in 1993, imposing restrictions on the lives of nearly 300,000 Palestinians in isolated enclaves with no power to plan or expand their communities.

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France09/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Key Findings of the Scenario 2012 Project: Voicing The Expectations of the World YouthNomadéis
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

ScenaRio 2012: World Youth Opinions on Environmental and Equity issues Initially launched in 2012 for Rio+20, ScenaRio 2012 is the first global survey on youth and sustainable development. An initiative taken by Nomadéis (a Paris-based, independent consulting agency focusing on sustainability issues, partner of UN-Habitat and associate partner of the World Urban Campaign) and Fondapol (a European Think Tank), ScenaRio 2012 involved 30,000 young people and 100 global leaders in 30 countries across five continents. The project, placed under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his Foundation, was supported by a platform of institutional partners (six UN agencies, the international organization of La Francophonie) and corporations (CDC, EDF, Saint-Gobain and Veolia). Building on the first results of ScenaRio 2012, the 7th World Urban Forum will be the occasion to announce the next survey to be focused on Youth and Climate, to feed the preparatory debates ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (Paris 2015). A lunch cocktail is planned with partners and key stakeholders on Wednesday, April 9 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm in the City Changer room. Contacts: cedric.baecher@nomadeis.com - nicolas.dutreix@nomadeis.com To know more about ScenaRio 2012: Multilingual publication: http://www.scenario2012.org/dl/2011/01/RIO-MAK-VIII-2012-06-09-20Mo.pdf Teaser movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-uFoulUmPc

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Canada09/04/201405:15 p.m.-06:15 p.m.Energy Efficiency Building Codes in West African CountriesInstitut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD)
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

In developing countries, approximately 50% of the total national electricity consumption is used in urban buildings alone. With rapid population growth, a rising urbanization rate and continued rural-urban migration, West Africa’s urban housing stock is rapidly increasing along with the demand for modern energy for domestic use.

Therefore, there is a need for West African countries to mainstream energy efficiency in their building codes. The proposed event will discuss how best to integrate energy efficiency in building codes and have access to best practices worldwide. Moreover, experts working on the review of existing building codes will share their findings. Globally, the International Energy Agency estimates that about 42% of energy is used in buildings. In developing countries alone, approximately 50% of the total national electricity consumption is used in urban buildings alone. With rapid population growth, a rising urbanization rate and continued rural-urban migration, West Africa’s urban housing stock is rapidly increasing along with the demand for modern energy for domestic use. Therefore, there is a need for West African countries to mainstream energy efficiency in their building codes.

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Brazil09/04/201402:45 p.m.-05:00 p.m.Discussing social-spatial sustainability after informal settlements intervention programsUPP Social Programme (Municipality of Rio de Janeiro)
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

One of the biggest challenges of Governments is the sustainable consolidation of the new arising interventions in spaces of social housing projects or informal settlements. Such interventions generate positive expectations, new demands and some problems. Thus, the subsequent social work is critical. In Rio de Janeiro, in function of the implementation of the UPP (State level government security program in territories of extreme violence and control by drug lords), the municipal government is developing a strategy for further action through a project called UPP Social. This project, supported by the UN – HABITAT, has awakened the interest of other entities with similar challenges. This is the case offavelas upgrading municipal programs and programs led by the federal Ministry of Cities and Rio de Janeiro State level. In the event proposed the UPP Social methodology will be presented and theoretically discussed, comparing other best practices and its possible replication. The UPP Social’s goal is the articulation of policies, public services, private initiatives and NGOs, aiming to reverse the prevailing violence and social exclusion. The program can contribute to the repertoire of post-intervention social work, dialoging with actions to promote local development interventions, as those supported by the Ministry of Cities.

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USA09/04/201408:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.New Housing Entrepreneurs: Business Models That Integrate Inclusion, Well-Being and SustainabilitySmart Cities Advisors
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

The session will both launch the new knowledge and networking platform, Developing Smart Cities.org, and give new housing leaders an opportunity to discuss housing as a means of uplifting cities and communities. Selected housing leaders will discuss emerging social enterprise models and scalable and sustainable urban housing business.

This session is ideal for enterprises, both nonprofit and for-profit, who work in all stages of the affordable housing value chain, including housing developers and builders, housing finance, home improvement, materials and equipment, utilities and services, social infrastructure and other supportive organizations.

The key themes of discussion revolve around critical issues that housing entrepreneurs address: mission and vision; business model and product development; operations and execution; and fundraising and investors.

All enterprises participating in the event will receive a summary of event proceedings and visibility on the Developing Smart Cities platform. Selected enterprises will receive full-length feature articles to be included in Developing Smart Cities newsletters.

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Colombia10/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Experiencias Y Herramientas Locales, Para Ciudades Y Municipios Más Seguros Y Equitativos Para Las Mujeres.Alcaldía De Medellín, Secretarias De Las Mujeres Medellín; Alcaldía Mayor De Bogotá, Secretaría De Las Mujeres; Gobernación De Antuioquia, Secretaría De Equidad De Género; Onumujeres.
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

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TBD10/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.Youth Responsiveness CriteriaTBD
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

This event will provide an introduction to the draft Youth Responsiveness Criteria framework. It will bring together youth representatives from youth-led organizations who are contributing to the development and testing of the Criteria. The Criteria ultimately identifies the minimum youth information required to identify a land policy as responsive to youth, as well as the necessary participatory process to undertake youth responsiveness activities - so up for discussion, will be how well the existing framework meets these requirements. The event will be in the form of a series of short presentations presenting the criteria, the implementation of the criteria so far, and ideas for the future. Presenters will be representatives of youth-led organizations who have contributed to the development and piloting of these criteria in the context of land governance.

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Italy10/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Energy access, energy efficiency and resource distribution: improving the quality of life in slums of Latin America and AfricaEnel Foundation, Politecnico di Milano
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Access to energy and energy use in slums is a critical issue deeply impacting the quality of life of dwellers. Nowadays, information on energy consumption in informal settlements is still unevenly distributed: countries like India, South Africa and Brazil have started to make it available, while in others (e.g. in Sub Saharan Africa, and South East Asia), such information is barely existing. Considering this scenario, the event presents the research that Enel Foundation, in cooperation with UN-Habitat, Politecnico di Milano, ABITA-Perù, and University of Lagos is developing on inequalities in energy use and on energy efficiency in selected informal settlements of Lima and Lagos. Expected results are recommendations on appropriate energy services and interventions to improve the quality of life and reducing inequalities for the informal settlements population.

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TBD10/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Achieving Urban Equity in Development with and for Adolescent GirlsPlan International
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Event flyer (English)

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Germany10/04/201404:00 p.m.-05:00 p.m.The Transferability of sustainable urban mobility solutions - The Solutions ProjectWuppertal Institute For Climate, Environment And Energy
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Presentation on the preliminary findings of the eu-funded solutions project on sustainable urban mobility in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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10/04/201405:15 p.m.-06:15 p.m.Low-emissions Urban Development In Focus - Sharing ExperiencesIclei - Local Governments For Sustainability
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

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Brazil10/04/201408:30 a.m.-09:30 a.m.The right to the city and the city for quality of life: Monitoring the MDGs at the municipal level in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Maranhão and strengthening local capacities on public policiesFluminense Federal University (uff)
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

This project aims at monitoring the effects of the construction and operation by petrobras of the petrochemical complex comperj and the refinery premium i in the municipalities impacted by these initiatives. Having as base the mdgs and defining local targets and indicators to be monitored which can also be used in the design of public policies and programmes, the project contributes to the improvement of municipal urban management. In rio de janeiro the project is developed in partnership with un-habitat/rolac, with uff – fluminense federal university and in maranhão with ufma – federal university of maranhão and un-habitat/ rolac. Petrobrás invest us$ 18.4 billion in the implementation of the petrochemical complex of rio de janeiro (comperj) in the municipality of itaboraí and us$ 20 billion in the implementation of refinery premium i in the municipality of bacabeira, bring relevant changes to the urban economy, population, environment, housing, urban mobility, safety, education.

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Indonesia11/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Bandung: where People bump Ideas into PlaceBandung: Where People Collide Ideas with Place
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Bandung, the capital of West Java province in Indonesia, where 70 per cent of the 2.5million population is below 40 years old, is a growing, dense city. Among the main urban challenges faced by the citizens are inadequate public spaces and facilities, due to inefficient governance, which have led to several problems; i.e. collective discipline and deficient urban mobility. A number of communities have conducted programs and movements to find solutions to those urban issues. Among them is Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF), established in 2008, that has been providing prototypes of city-scale activities that included all stakeholders, especially the local inhabitants who are rarely involved in a planning process. The main capitals of BCCF are young and creative human resources, Design Thinking mindset and Urban Acupuncture principle; both of which are used strategically to implement its programs. In this session, BCCF presents Helarfest and DesignAction.bdg, which have the greatest impact on communities. One is a series of events that interacted with four distinct elements of Bandung (river, kampong, forest, park) and another is a workshop-conference to find innovative solutions to urban mobility issues. These programs are gradually adopted by the current municipal government in formulating new policies and regulations.

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Nigeria10/04/201409:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Partnership for inclusive sustainable urban development in Ondo State of NigeriaOndo State Government of Nigeria
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

The event is a presentation of the experience gathered in the last five years in Ondo State in the implementation of its urban renewal programme within the context of a well thought out strategy of inclusiveness and painless involvement of all stakeholders.

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UK11/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.City-wide mobilisation and inclusion of slum communities: Challenges to achieving equity and sustainabilityPractical Action
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Policy commitments to participation of the Urban Poor in City-level Planning are increasingly becoming the norm. However, if slum dwellers and poor communities are to engage effectively, they need to come together in sufficient numbers so their voices are heard and their priorities are met in Annual Planning and Budgeting Cycles around access to services (water, sanitation, and waste management) and other priorities. It is relatively easy for NGOs to support this engagement for selected slums over the limited timeframes of project funding. It is more challenging to ensure these processes are sustained, and embedded in procedural norms and practices, and for the quality of dialogue to be sustained. Larger-scale initiatives are crucial, but have sometimes struggled to live up to expectations. 

This session includes an analysis of the processes and organizations established during 2006-8 in 3 towns in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. We will also learn from efforts to learn from grassroots women's organisations through the local-to-local dialogue tool. Finally, we will hear the results from 5 years of work in Kisumu, Kenya. In all these studies, we will assess what worked and what didn't and what the implications are for future support for slum dweller organisations. 

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Colombia11/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Desarrollo Integral de Comunidades Sostenibles (DINCS): Un modelo de construcción de hábitatsFundacion Mario Santo Domingo
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

En Colombia, el déficit de vivienda supera los 3.800.000 hogares, representando el 46% del total nacional. El déficit habitacional cuantitativo y cualitativo es uno de los problemas sociales más graves y extendidos que existen en la actualidad, afectando a más de 15 millones de personas.

Teniendo en cuenta la limitada capacidad de coordinación entre las entidades públicas y privadas en la región, los pocos modelos exitosos y buenas prácticas en materia de desarrollo integral, la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) ha venido implementando un modelo de intervención para lograr que los proyectos de vivienda trascendieran los temas inmobiliarios y promuevan la construcción de comunidades sostenibles, de forma que, además de brindar vivienda y desarrollo urbanístico, se incluya un componente de urbanismo, infraestructura social y acompañamiento comunitario. A este modelo de intervención se le ha denominado Desarrollo Integral de Comunidades Sostenibles (DINCS).

Para que el modelo DINCS se implemente de forma correcta se requiere que cuatro componentes estén funcionando de forma simultánea y articulada: 1) El urbanismo; 2) La construcción de viviendas (y la demanda por las mismas, vía instrumentos micro financieros innovadores como el Ahorro con Opción de Compra para facilitar el acceso a las mismas); 3) El fortalecimiento y acompañamiento comunitario y 4) el equipamiento social.

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South Africa11/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Safer Cities through violence prevention through urban upgradingViolence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (vpuu) Npc
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

The session will present examples of the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading Programme in Cape Town, South Africa. VPUU is a comprehensive area-based community development programme that works towards safe and integrated sustainable communities, citizenship, pride and the improvement of quality of life for residents in low income neighbourhoods. The project is based on the understanding that transversally managed processes, working in partnership between communities, public sector and a dedicated intermediary, can affect people’s choices. This in turn influences their perception of safety. The VPUU Programme aims to nurture integrated communities by addressing these issues through the VPUU strategy:

1. PREVENTION (Life Cycle approach): Research and evidence led interventions for people from Early Childhood age through to young adulthood including interventions incorporating local knowledge will be presented.
2. COHESION (Community participation, joint planning & community ownership): Implementation stage examples provide case studies on how integrated participatory planning, budgeting and implementation can be achieved between multiple partners.
3. PROTECTION (Interdepartmental cooperation in safety planning for the public domain): Operation and management case studies on financial sustainability and Community Delivery of Services and Safety Plans in low income areas are explored.
4. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT (measuring effectiveness of interventions): monitoring and evaluation based in a Centre of Excellence and in close alliance with UN-Habitat Safer Cities & Global Network on Safer Cities will be explained.

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USA11/04/201408:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.Inclusive citizen engagement in the ongoing planning of a bus rapid transit extension in the city of Chelsea, directly north of Boston, MAHarvard University GSD
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

The presentation will feature student work from the Master in Urban Planning program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The project focuses on inclusive citizen engagement in the ongoing planning of a bus rapid transit extension in the city of Chelsea, directly north of Boston, MA. Inclusion and citizen engagement are prioritized in an effort to integrate the low income, new immigrant population into the redevelopment of the "Gateway City" of Chelsea. The project focuses on planning for residential uses in an industrial landscape and the expansion of multi-modal transit to a previously inaccessible neighborhood.

The student work engages with actors on multiple scales: local residents, city and state officials, private developers and business owners. Students contribute to the formal city planning process while grappling with issues of income equality and inclusion as they work directly with citizens. The presentation will outline the value of student involvement in city changemaking, both in the on-the-ground planning process and as important preparation for leadership in the planning field. The presentation engages directly with central WUF7 themes including urban equity, livability, resilience and inclusion.

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GLOBAL11/04/201409:45 a.m.-12:00 a.m.Youth-led Participatory Land GovernanceUN-Habitat
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room A

Through five 5-minute plenary presentations and a moderated discussion, this networking event will present experiences on youth participation in governance, with a focus on applications to the land sector. Plenary presenters will have five minutes to provide their good practice experiences of youth participation in governance, and applications to the land sector, before a wider audience discussion is undertaken of good practices is undertaken. Speakers will include: Caleb Gichuhi, Sisi Ni Amani, Kenya, Youth participation through ICT; Saada Al-Areqi, Youth DevelopmentOrganisation, Yemen – Youth participation and the Rule of Law; Talita Montiel, ISPIS Brazil, A compilation of youth participation methods in policy and practice; Lyneth Mtemeri, Young Voices Network, Zimbabwe, Young women’s participation; Babu Kaji Shrestha, Team for Nature and Wildlife Nepal, Youth participation inagricultural land policies in Nepal ; and Andrea Landry, North American Focal Point for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus.

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TBD06/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Urban sprawl: Is it an equity consequence?TBD.
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

This is a forum aimed at networking with potential partners to support the work of AMCHUD in facilitating access to affordable housing and urban services especially for the low income as a plat form for achieving equity in African cities.

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USA06/04/201401:30 p.m.-03:45 p.m.What design competitions can do for your cityVan Alen Institute
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

How to reimagine your everyday urban context through robust and creative new ideas that address human, economic, and ecological resources, as well as the needs of communities? A design competition can be a highly effective tool to help your government agency, community, or corporation. In “What Design Competitions Can Do for Your City,” Van Alen Institute brings together government officials, academics, practicing designers, competition experts, and developers. Through short presentations and discussions, the group will address how to organize successful competitions, how to get buy-in from communities and political stakeholders, how to generate implementable designs, how to select and compensate the best design teams, and how to implement ideas while staying true to the original vision. Since 1894, Van Alen Institute has worked at the intersection of the built environment, civic infrastructure, and urban ecology by promoting design excellence for cities around the world through design competitions, public programs, and research. Over time, Van Alen has created and managed hundreds of competitions that range from small to large and from idea- to implementation-focused.

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Canada07/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Healthy Cities For Life. How Halifax, Canada Became A Healthy, Sustainable Model CityCanadian Environmental Network – Health Caucus
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

This presentation showcases the Halifax Story - how Halifax, Canada became a global leader in achieving a healthy environment and healthy citizens. Halifax has distinguished itself in 4 areas of action: Non-Smoking legislation; Public Scent-Free policies in schools, hospitals, universities and other public buildings; Pesticide-Free Bylaw and Environmentally Healthy Schools. The session will focus on how environmental groups, local governments, industry, and the medical community worked in partnership in a multi-stakeholder decision-making process to bring this about. It features a power point presentation, detailed indoor air quality chart, and an extensive hands-on resource list to guide you in making your own city an environmentally healthy one that supports the health and longevity of all citizens while reducing costs to the health care system. The discussion portion will include the rationale for the changes, what actions were taken and how the community has benefited from these changes. These actions ensure environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive communities. They contribute to more resilient communities by reducing toxic releases to air, water and soil and are also a benefit in disaster preparedness planning.

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USA07/04/201412:15 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Smart Cities: How to Make Cities Sustainable, Resilient and EquitableConsortium For Sustainable Urbanization
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The event is organized by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) in cooperation with UN-Habitat and US Department of Housing and Urban Development at the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia.

The event will provide a forum for representatives from government, NGOs, private sector, industry, academia, financial institutions, and United Nations entities to discuss the challenges and opportunities in creating Smart Cities that use technology to achieve social and economic goals. Particular emphasis is placed on economic sustainability as a fundamental building block to the creation of responsive, responsible and equitable urban environments. The event will focus on the critical role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in fashioning Smart Cities.

The term Smart Cities denotes enlightened city governance capable of deploying finite resources in a better, more responsive, more effective and more interactive way for all its citizens. The development of Smart Cities with its attendant characteristics is of importance because cities which now house more than half the world’s population to a large extent determine the collective future of the global community. The ability of cities to adapt and reinvent their reasons for being in ever changing circumstances, will determine which cities will thrive and which will wither. The panel will focus on innovative approaches in four city regions: Belfast, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, and New York.

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Israel07/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.The use of an urban renewal integrated approach - Victoria Lakefront City of KisumuWeitz Center For Development Studies
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The Lakefront re-development project in Kisumu, Kenya is working to develop a solid planning concept, anchored in strategic priorities for the city, and an effective implementation mechanisms through a joint venture of major stakeholders. The integration of economic development, strategic planning and sound urban patterns has been achieved through a process of on-site assessment, taskforce building and support, as well as strategic planning and area design.

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Germany07/04/201404:00 p.m.-05:00 p.m.Investor Ready Cities SessionSiemens
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The Investor Ready Cities session will see the soft launch of a new report by Siemens, PwC and Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. During this event the partners will discuss the challenges for cities in delivering investor ready infrastructure projects, including the legal and governance structures that need to be in place to provide the necessary security and certainty to the investment community - a topic now at the heart of global city development.

Speakers
Host: Julie Alexander, Siemens
UN HABITAT: Robert Lewis-Lettington UN’s Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch.  
BLP: Mukhtiar Tanda
PwC: Jorge Sere
Strategic Planning Advisor: Pablo Vaggione

Come to the City Changer event to learn about the findings from the study and to participate in an interactive session on what enabling framework is necessary for a city to thrive and grow.

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USA07/04/201408:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.Science for Cities: Integrating social, computational, physical and life sciences to address urban challengesUniversity of Chicago
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

There are few, if any, urban challenges that are “simply social” or “simply engineering.” Our panel will identify innovations in science and technology that are bringing together computation and data, social science, life and physical sciences to improve the quality of urban life and environmental sustainability. The discussion will highlight examples from the field related to public health, social cohesion, water, energy efficiency, and adaptability to climate change.

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Colombia08/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Urban best practices and knowledge managementFundación Hábitat Colombia
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Urban Best Practices are exemplary solutions to structural urban problems. They are conceived through partnerships between different social agents, the introduction of innovative elements to the local context and long-run social, economic and environmental sustainability to produce tangible impacts on the lives of people living in urban centres. Best Practices have demonstrated their potential to impact positively on the planning, the instrumentation, and the implementation of public policies aimed at addressing social equity, productivity and sustainability in local development and sustainable human development. The identification, systematization, evaluation and dissemination of lessons learned and results from Best practices - regarded in the light of the criteria established by the international community - produce valuable material for promoting knowledge management processes that can scale local impact, adapt, multiply and transfer knowledge, and promote South-South and decentralized Cooperation. This event will highlight the importance of Best Practices, socialize lessons learned from decentralized cooperation and present an innovative approach for the transfer of urban solutions.

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Colombia08/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.2014 Urban Sustainability PrizeLa Ciudad Verde
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The Urban Sustainability Prize is the first national initiative to recognize urban sustainability in Colombia. The prize attempts to reward highly innovative and progressive practices in Colombian cities, practices that focus on inclusivity in terms of social diversity, cultural activity, equality, eco-friendliness, and responsibility to future generations. Three dimensions of urban sustainability are taken into account in judging for the prize: urban efficiency, green economy and environment, governance, and strategically chosen projects. One city in each of the four categories based on the city’s population will be awarded the prize. All four winning cities will receive public recognition during the 7th World Urban Forum. Each winning city will receive a workshop in Creative Sustainability. Urban experts will be sent to improve the city’s most problematic issue, identified thanks to the information on urban sustainability indicators that the city filled out in its application. A creative workshop will be created based on the principles of Buena Nota and La Ciudad Verde and will serve as an action road to improve the city’s development. This technical, international assistance hopes to succeed through direct exchanges with citizens of the winning city and with urban interventions that promote urban sustainability, both practically and symbolically.

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India08/04/201412:30 p.m.-01:30 p.m.The "Golden Triangle" Approach To Urban Equity In DevelopmentCoca-cola India Private Limited
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The event will include a multi-country panel discussion on democratising access to and availability of education and sports infrastructure in public schools (especially those located in poorer neighborhoods). The panel will have senior ministers and bureaucrats from 5 south asian countries. The event will also include the release of a book which will include lessons from just such an experiment in south asia, which is now in its third year, and has benefitted over 100,000 children.

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Germany08/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Rapid planning, sustainable Infrastructure, environmental and resource management for highly dynamic metropolisesProject Management Agency, Member Of The German Aerospace Center, Environment, Culture, Sustainability
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

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Brazil08/04/201404:00 p.m.-06:15 p.m.The urban opportunity and the transition from the MDG to the SDG Agenda: Inputs from the Global SouthExecutive Secretariat/Ministry of Environment
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The new emerging urban world, which will be home to 6.2 billion people by 2050, poses both a challenge and an opportunity to the drafting of Sustainable Development Goals post 2015 (Revi & Rosenzweig, 2013). Extreme urban poverty and lack of infrastructure must be tackled more aggressively, as well as urban ecological footprints and disaster risk reduction. Urban policies and investments have been recognized by many experts as having a strategic role in unlocking sustainable development potentials. Nevertheless, drafting of global development goals does not seem, yet, to incorporate an urban focused approach to poverty alleviation, access to health and education, decent work and integrated social, economic and environmental sustainability, among other issues. The preparation process of the Habitat Agenda to be adopted at 2016 is an excellent opportunity to place these debates within the proposal of Sustainable Development Goals articulated to review the Millennium Development Goals post 2015. In support of advocacy of such a message, the Brazilian Government would like to put forward a debate, based on empirical data and indicators, about the impacts of urban policies and investments on the achievement of major global sustainable development goals.

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USA08/04/201408:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Making room for urban expansion: The Ethiopia and Colombia initiativesNYU Stern Urbanization Project
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The Urban Expansion Initiative networking event will bring together Jaime Vasconez, head of the Latin American Urban Expansion Initiative, Dr. Dave DeGroot, of the Sub-Saharan Africa Urban Expansion Initiative, and representatives from municipal urban expansion teams in Colombia and Ethiopia who will discuss their work in Making Room for Urban Expansion.

Making Room consists of a simple four-step municipal action program to prepare cities in those countries for the inevitable expansion of their built-up areas, to be implemented in advance of the occupation of the urban fringe by formal and informal construction:

  • Realistic Maps: preparing maps of the lands that will need to be converted to urban use in the coming thirty years, based on realistic population and urban area per capita projections; 
  • Generous City Limits: compelling federal or regional authorities to create a single municipal jurisdiction that can execute plans in the entire area of projected expansion;
  • Arterial Road Grid: plotting a 30-meter wide arterial road grid with a 1-kilometer spacing throughout the expansion area and transferring the rights-of way for all roads to the municipality; and 
  • Selective Protection of Public Open Spaces: identifying a hierarchy of public open spaces, large and small, throughout the expansion area, and transferring the land rights for all these spaces to the municipality.

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TBD09/04/201411:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.Building cities with a futureCAF
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The 80% of the population in Latin America live in cities, which represents major challenges in terms of providing higher quality in the development of infrastructure, urban space, human capital, social inclusion, environmental management and business climate. Understanding this challenge and dynamics of the cities, CAF has developed the initiative of “Cities With a Future” which aims to promote cities more inclusive, competitive, eco-efficient, intelligent and sustainable in order to improve the quality of life of the urban population. Throughout the “Cities With a Future” initiative, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, ratifies its commitment with Latin America’s cities, surpassing sectorial interventions, offering a comprehensive urban accompaniment and encouraging the construction of a long term approach, in a way that cities gain a more participative, holistic and sustainable approach on environmental, economic and social aspects. In these event CAF will share, from the perspective of some mayors of cities of the Latin American region, how cities could change imbalances presented on equality, urban development, connectivity, access to basic services, public safety, vulnerability, climate change adaptation, resilience, human capital development, employment, productivity, sustainability and social equality, institutional frameworks and governance.

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UK09/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.City Prosperity Index - forward lookManchester University
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The City Prosperity Index is a global measure of the most important quality of any city – how it provides "prosperity" to all of its citizens. In this sense ‘prosperity’ means more than income or material consumption: it includes health, education, security, and also higher needs, however they can be measured. The CPI was launched in the State of the World’s Cities report 2012. Since then an international group of academics met in Tehran, and are working on a scientific outlook on issues in the CPI. Some are more thematic, such as poverty or accessibility: some are more cross-cutting, e.g. governance systems, production systems etc. There are issues on data quality, sources and management: usage by different stakeholders: and questions on corruption, civil society and so on. Overall there is potential to develop a more pro-active and networked 'urban intelligence' system, which would enable all stakeholders to move towards greater collaboration, innovation and self-determination. In this event we aim to present briefly the context of the CPI with the academic findings: and then discuss the implications and ways forward with users and stakeholders. Convenor / organizer: Prof. Gary Sands, Wayne State ,University Michigan Joe Ravetz, University of Manchester

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Colombia09/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Seguridad humana y desarrollo urbano incluyente para LatinoaméricaAlcaldía Mayor de Bogotá
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

El porcentaje de niños que se encuentran en condiciones de vulnerabilidad en las ciudades colombianas ha aumentado en los últimos años. La pobreza extrema, el desplazamiento y la ausencia de mejores oportunidades para los niños, niñas y adolescentes (en adelante nna), es uno de los retos más grandes que enfrentan las autoridades locales en colombia. Como en colombia, en américa latina aún hay muchos niños y niñas que no gozan de los beneficios que ofrecen las ciudades y que enfrentan obstáculos para el acceso a mejores niveles de calidad de vida, distribución de la riqueza, movilidad social, cobertura en un mundo cada vez más urbano, el desafío para el gobierno y especialmente para los alcaldes es garantizar ciudades sanas, seguras, ordenadas, en donde los niños puedan volver a jugar en las calles, desarrollarse y construir comunidades sostenibles y amables para niños, niñas y adolescentes. Para mejorar la situación de la niñez y la adolescencia en colombia el icbf –instituto colombiano de bienestar familiar) lanzó el proyecto “ciudades prósperas para niños y adolescentes” que busca mejorar sus condiciones de vida en las ciudades, propendiendo por la reducción de las brechas sociales y la lucha contra la pobreza. Lo anterior abordando las necesidades de niños, niñas y adolescentes en contextos urbanos, con intervenciones en el entorno físico y la generación de capacidades y la promoción de su participación en las políticas públicas urbanas para que participen en la construcción de espacios públicos y calles que les proporcionen seguridad, ámbitos de recreación y desenvolvimiento social, y de crecimiento adecuado. En el evento, el icbf convocará a iniciativas colombianas y latinoamericanas que han desarrollado propuestas innovadoras para la efectiva participación e inclusión de los nna en lo urbano.

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UK09/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Strategic leadership for safer cities: global trends and practical challengesUniversity College London
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

What does “city leadership” entail in an increasingly networked global scenario? How is it influenced by city-to-city networking? How does city leadership translate into strategic responses to urban security challenges? University College London’s City Leadership Initiative, in partnership with the UN Habitat Safer Cities Programme and the World Bank Institute (WBI) in the framework of UN Habitat’s Global Network of Safer Cities (GNSC), seeks to harness the lessons from the current globalization of city leadership, to foster the next generation of city leaders. The event presents preliminary findings from the Initiative’s global overview of city leadership and city strategies, focusing in particular on how city leadership translates into long-term strategic visions for urban security. This event convenes a high-level forum between WBI, GNSC and UCL to offer a venue where to explore how this knowledge can be translated into practical capacity development and how different experiences with leadership for urban security inform the strategies of cities all over the world.

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Sweden09/04/201404:00 p.m.-05:00 p.m.Future of Places – Public Spaces in Favelas and SlumsAx:son Johnson Foundation
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The planned event “Future of Places – Public Spaces in Favelas and Slums” is a component of the Future of Places Conference series, which strives to ensure that public space and placemaking are part of the new urban agenda that will be decided upon at the upcoming Habitat III Conference in 2016. The objective of this event during the 7th World Urban Forum is to bring together key stakeholders composed of local authorities, civil society representatives, public space researchers and practitioners, interest groups and many more to promote public space and placemaking as an essential element for creating inclusive cities and addressing the challenges posed by rapid urbanization. The event also aims to highlight the potential of inclusive urban planning, utilizing public space as an instrument to promote equality and poverty reduction; specifically regarding marginalized communities.

This event is an opportunity to disseminate key information and outcomes from the first Future of Places Conference in Stockholm held in 2013 and draw attention to the second conference scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires from the 1-3 of September 2014. This event is brought to you by Slum Dwellers International, ICLEI and the Ax:son Johnson Foundation. http://futureofplaces.com/

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Nigeria09/04/201405:15 p.m.-06:15 p.m.Strengthening Partnerships for a New Africa Urban AgendaFederal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Africa is the least urbanized region of the world, but has the fastest rate of urbanization. However the phenomenon of urbanization is neither given priority by national governments nor fully grasped by the population at large. The Presidents of Nigeria and Ghana are spearheading a campaign to promote urbanization as a positive factor of Africa’s development within the context of Africa Agenda 2063. The African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) has identified four pillars for the way forward: Developing transformative national urban policies; creating more compact cities at human scale; undertaking institutional and legal reforms; advancing a new pact and learning to do things together.

The event provides an ideal platform to introduce the project on ‘Strengthening Partnerships for a New Africa Urban Agenda’, which is designed to mobilize and empower Habitat Agenda Partners in the Africa region to engage with governments at all levels to advance the urban agenda including the post 2015 Agenda and the Habitat III Conference. The event objectives are to: review progress in the implementation of the Habitat Agenda; discuss the imperatives of a New Urban Agenda; build political support and commitment for the African Urban Agenda by state and non-state actors and share country experiences in the preparation of National Habitat III reports.

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GLOBAL09/04/201408:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.Mapping Cairo’s informality: Social Justice in the Built EnvironmentUN-Habitat
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Cairo has been undergoing rapid political and urban transformations over the past three years, the question of informality being at the center of political activism, local initiatives and governmental policies. How does the shifting political landscape and changing power relationship between individuals and communities, on the one hand, and state institutions and local authorities, on the other, has been played out in terms of both planning policies and urban politics on the ground? Who are the active players and agents of change in informal areas? And what is the role of planners, architects and activists to map and document the emerging local initiatives, critically engage the increasingly polarized discourse on informality, and develop tools to introduce change on the ground? The presentation includes examples from the work of three urban initiatives from the civil society in Cairo, Egypt, the work of which ranges from housing rights, informal development, and street politics and contestation over public space.

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USA09/04/201409:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.Connecting granular urban innovation: The role of peer-to-peer practitioner networks in making cities more livable and resilientMunicipal Art Society Of New York
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Urban livability and resilience can no longer be traded off: cities must be both attractive, vibrant and productive places for current residents, enhancing their capacities to earn livelihoods, making meaning and contribute to the collective experience of city life (liveable); and also places that can withstand and adapt positively to sudden changes (resilient). The livability and resilience of a city are dependent on the capacity of people to contribute to place-making. A diverse mix of urban residents, artists, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, planners, architects, designers, activists, public servants, corporate business, institutional leaders– each contributes uniquely to city life. Increasingly the process of city-building has become more democratized, as technologies proliferate, and as the needs of the city demand rapid, innovative, granular responses. Local economies based on sharing and import substitution that better insulate communities from larger downturns; neighborhood planning initiatives that bolster environmental resilience and make places more pleasant and enjoyable; new ways of conveying immediate information through smart phone apps and sms messaging: urbanists around the world are demonstrating hyper-local approaches to make cities equitable and just. Networks are connecting an ever-growing community of urban innovators, mobilizing thousands of initiatives that span cities across the global north and south, knitting together an urban ecosystem of livability and resilience. The session will highlight the role of practitioner networks in scaling urban livability and resilience, the commitment of philanthropy to support them. Session will include representatives from networks focused on the sharing economy, the ecological needs of cities, and social and environmental challenges of creating shared agendas between city builders living and working in the global north and south.

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USA10/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.The ecocitizen map project: Building resilience and equity through citizen participation and geo designEcocity Builders
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

This event will showcase the ecocitizen approach to understanding and designing more sustainable and equitable urban environments. Currently active global projects and processes will be showcased featuring the use of online crowd mapping, gis and social media internet applications to actively engage cities and citizens in learning, sharing and applying sustainability principles and practices. Scientific and sociological underpinnings of the project are based on the international ecocity framework and standards initiative (iefs), aka ecocity framework, currently under development by NGOecocity builders and its international expert advisory, and in consultation with the UNISDR’s “making cities resilient campaign” the eye on earth community sustainability and resilience special initiative, and UN-Habitat’s world urban campaign and resilient cities profiling program.

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Egypt10/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.City prosperity and equitable urban developmentGeneral Organization for Physical Planning (GOPP)
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

This event will focus on the concept of measuring cities’ prosperity, identifying where cities in the developing countries stand today according to various dimensions and indicators, and what kind of efforts are they deploying to progress in the prosperity path to ensure an equitable urban development process.

During the event, comparative analysis between prosperity notions in the Arab and Latin American cities will be addressed, focusing on the main challenges both regions are facing in the different dimensions of prosperity, and which are the potentials and opportunities they have to exploit in the search of shared prosperity and sustainable development. The presentations will highlight the need for further developing the City Prosperity Index (CPI) and its dimensions, and how it can be contextualized to adapt to the different needs and priorities for different regions and cities, as well as reflecting on the main expected outcomes from developing CPI for different regions. Analysis shall also extend to addressing the proposed levels and lenses to utilize CPI with city, regional or national levels and whether or not to include rural areas.

The different presenters will analyze key target groups benefiting from the report, how key actors at the national, regional and local level perceive the usefulness of the index, and proposed communication strategies to spread the finding of the CPI with the different target groups, as well as concluding the practical actions that should be undertaken to insure better synergy and cross learned between different countries currently measuring the CPI.

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USA10/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Urban land for public goodUniversity Of Pennsylvania, Penn Institute For Urban Research
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

This panel will discuss a new urban paradigm for achieving this goal, one based in good planning, legal reform and innovative finance. Here is the background or rationale for the panel. Many of us live in cities, the large, densely settled and socially diverse places that support our work, our family lives and our communities. Within our nations, our cities are part of urban networks interwoven with the rural environments that provide the vital food and water systems upon which we depend. A hundred years ago, we city dwellers were a minority among the global population. In the next few decades, we will be a plurality as we number nearly three quarters of world’s people. This transformative phenomenon began a century ago in europe and north america. It is now happening with lightening speed in asia and africa, places that are adding millions to the urban majorities. In fact, rockefeller university demographer joel cohen predicts that in order to keep up with the pace, urbanizing countries will have to build a city of a million every week for the next forty years! while any city is shaped by its local context and inhabitants’ culture and customs, stripped to its barebones, a city has two key characteristics. It is rooted on land and it is a system of systems. Consider it as a spatial entity: if it occupies its space well, it is livable and sustainable.

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India10/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.South South knowledge transfer for resilient citiesCept University
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Knowledge About Good Urban Practices Is Key For Building Safer And resilient cities In South.rapid Urban Growth In South Is Leading To Complex urban Vulnerability And Increasing Inequality. Urban local political Leaderships And Urban Managers in South Are Struggling For Relevant, Appropriate Urban Knowledge And Capacity Inputs As Well As Find Effective And Accountable Ways Of Reducing Vulnerability And Transforming resilient cities. Urban Good Practice Evidences Are Abundant And Deep In South. Such experiences should Be Accessible And Shared across the Southern Countries, Particularly among the Rapidly urbanizing countries. Various National, State And Local Governments Of Rapidly urbanizing south Have Already Started Exploring Various Ways Of Transfer Of Urban Good Practices And Knowledge In Building resilience cities. However, In Absence Of Guiding A Framework, Many Of The Present Efforts Are Sporadic And Transfer Experiences Are Often Less Productive. This Is The Context Where This Networking Event Is Positioned.

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USA10/04/201404:00 p.m.-06:15 p.m.Strengthening local actors and more inclusive housing value systems: market development approaches to incremental housingHabitat for Humanity International
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Within 30 years, cities in developing countries will triple their built-up area, generating the same amount of urban area as the entire world had cumulatively generated by the year 2000. There are currently 1.6 billion people living in substandard housing and these numbers are expected to grow rapidly. To address this problem at scale, there is a need to influence and support the estimated 70-80 percent of the families that access housing solutions through a self-managed approach, with limited access to resources, opportunities or adequate support. Through proactive and more inclusive market development approaches, we can best support families and communities to improve their living conditions through incremental housing and integrate into the “city”to access livelihood opportunities, food, healthcare and education, etc. Addressing the rapid urban growth necessitates the critical involvement of many actors, private, public and civil society, each with a valuable role to play. What response is needed from policy makers, financiers, NGOs, community groups, service providers, entrepreneurs, and other local actors? This event will introduce examples of market development approaches to incremental housing processes as an emerging strategy that can strenghten local housing eco-systems and provide families with access to necessary technical and financial information, services and resources to maximize the impact of their housing and community investments, leveraging tenure and financial resources. The event will explore context specific and demand-driven models designed to bridge housing market gaps (housing support services, financing mechanisms, access to products, materials and qualified labor, etc. ) by engaging new players and/or enabling existing public institutions, civil society groups, private companies, and social entrepreneurs, to provide innovative solutions.


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USA10/04/201409:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Experimenting with participatory and inclusive land readjustment in developing countriesMassachusetts Institute Of Technology, Department Of Urban Studies And Planning
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Although there are already three English books on land readjustment (LR), none of them discuss adequately the core value and functionality of this land tool, that is, the opportunity that it creates through its design and implementation processes to build open and inclusive governance and institutions. To fill this gap, we examine in detail the contributing factors and complementing processes that make LR participatory and inclusive. For each of the selected case studies, we will investigate the following questions:

  • Under what legal, political, and social contexts was the LR program first initiated? Were these formal and informal institutional environments conducive to open and inclusive decision-making and effective public administration? 
  • In designing and implementing the project, did the responsible agency and other affected parties consider installing a participatory and inclusive decision-making process for LR? If yes, what were the major attributes for incorporating these principles into the program design? If not, what were the disabling factors? 
  • Once a set of inclusive (or exclusive) decision-making principles was established, who have the authority and right to change these rules, and how? 
  • How and by whom were these decision-making principles enforced when conflicts between involved parties emerged?

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Colombia11/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.City Changers: Empowering Children and Young People through arts and cultureFundacion Mi Sangre
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Fundación Mi Sangre, founded by the Colombian artist and social leader, Juanes, has created innovative methodologies for children and youth empowerment through the arts and culture. Based on the positive results of its projects and with the support of international organizations such as the World Bank, Mi Sangre is developing a strategy to replicate and scale up its initiatives in other countries around the world. This event will share Mi Sangre's experiences through the diverse perspectives of young people, teachers, artists, and others who have participated in the organization´s programs.

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China11/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.City green transition and developmentShanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

The future cities must be sustainable. In the past 30 years, China has experienced a fast growth of urbanisation. More than half of the population in China is now urban. New cities and new towns are booming. But lots of urban issues such as transport congestion, environmental degradation, empty new towns, among others, are also emerging. Echoing UNEP’s call for developing a green economy, in the urban realm, a transition to green cities is a must for Chinese cities, whether they are mega-cities, medium cities or small ones. The central government of China has called for developing a new type of urbanisation in China and eco-civilisation is also listed as a national policy. With this background, this event introduces the new concept of green city, the tools to assess green cities and examples of green cities in China.

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UK11/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.World Habitat Awards receptionBuilding And Social Housing Foundation
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UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Lunch reception to honour the two winners of the world habitat awards, who will be receiving their awards at the closing ceremony of the World Urban Forum. The event will combine a buffet lunch for invitees with brief presentations by the building and social housing foundation and the award winners.

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Germany11/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Linking cities to financing: Bridging the gap between planning and implementation of urban infrastructure investmentsDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

To ensure the development of green, inclusive and competitive cities, local governments make plans and develop strategies. Implementation of these plans and strategies includes investing in improvement of urban infrastructure and urban services. For these investments, cities often depend on external financing including participation from the private sector.

Unfortunately, many city and municipal governments are often not sufficiently equipped to undertake the task of translating their plans and strategies into projects which can attract financing.

Participants to this session will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with experiences and materials as developed by UN-HABITAT and Cities Development Initiative for Asia to assist cities and municipalities to move from strategies to securing financing for their urban infrastructure investments.

After a brief introduction, participants will have a chance to work on a case-study. For the case-study they will analyze possible funding options for a particular infrastructure investment and will received suggestions on how to make urban infrastructure projects bankable.

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Brazil11/04/201408:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Integrating waste pickers into municipal waste management: Waste pickers' struggles and victoriesInclusive Cities
LocationDescription
UN-Habitat Pavilion - City Changer Room B

Millions of people worldwide make a living collecting, sorting, recycling and selling valuable materials that someone else threw away. This diverts tons of material from landfills. Recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use fewer virgin resources. Despite their contributions, waste picker livelihoods are threatened as cities privatize solid waste management or adopt approaches such as incineration. This event will explore alternative paths by profiling how waste picker movements in some cities have secured a place in the waste system. The event draws on the Inclusive Cities Project’s 5 years of multi-country learning and the extensive experience of waste picker movements in Columbia, Brazil, South Africa and India. In Bogota, waste pickers recently won the right to tender for waste management contracts through a case in the Constitutional Court. A waste picker leader from the Asociación de Recicladores de Bogotá and a resident waste expert will explain the case and the challenges of implementation. Belo Horizonte, Brazil has long integrated waste pickers into municipal waste management. A waste activist from that city will reflect on this and describe a new system, recently introduced in Minas Gerais State, of paying waste pickers for environmental services. The director of Asiye eTafuleni, an NGO providing urban design and technical support to informal workers, will speak about developments in Durban, South Africa. In the city of Pune, India, KKPKP, a waste pickers’ union, formed a cooperative; its members provide door-to -door collection services through an MOU with the municipality.

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