WUF7 Networking Events April 8-11



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CameroonEvent Number: NE 108/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Funding the future city: Contributions from funding Institutions specialized in the implementation of the post 2015 Agenda.FEICOM
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

Convinced of the significance of the problems in financing African cities in post 2015, African funding institutions and programmes and the general management of FEICOM-Cameroun are organizing this activity with the objective to strengthen their partnership within the framework of drawing up and implementing the future world development agendas. This workshop should allow for defining ways of reflecting on the conditions and systems of funding urbanization in Africa; proposing operational ways to undertake a process of strengthening and modernizing investment funding systems in African cities within the framework of the post 2015 Agenda and proposing a synergy of actions among institutions specialized in funding urban investment.

All the officials of African local development funding bodies, council unions and local governments, experts and researchers in the funding of cities will be invited to this conference.

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Egypt, LibyaEvent Number: NE 208/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Changes and challenges facing physical planning and implementation in Arab CitiesGeneral Organization of Physical Planning (GOPP), Egypt and Urban Planning Agency (UPA). Libya
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

Cities in the Arab region face multidimensional spatial, socio-economic, governance, environmental and other challenges that resulted in the residents of many Arab cities experiencing aspects of injustice clearly reflected in the spread of informal settlements. These challenges are highlighted in the current institutional and legal framework that governs the planning and manages human settlements within the Arab region, the lack of integration and coordination between different planning and financing authorities leading to the replication of efforts and distorted visions for development, and the lack of legal and financial support to the implementation of strategic planning outcomes. This networking event avails an opportunity for the relevant stakeholders involved in the planning process in Arab cities at both central and local level to present and discuss issues relevant to socio-economic capacities, and local economic development, as well as functional and institutional capacities to improve the physical planning processes in the Arab region. Additionally stakeholders are encouraged to further develop their capacities through shared lessons learned and mutual experiences.

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BelgiumEvent Number: NE 308/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Secondary Cities - Key Links for Equitable and Sustainable City SystemsCities Alliance
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

Secondary Cities, such as smaller and medium sized cities and towns, are becoming increasingly interlinked and dependent upon each other to boost investment and local economic development towards equitable cities. As key nodes on the rural-urban continuum, secondary cities are struggling to attract investment needed to build infrastructure, and vibrant communities to create dynamic economies, improved livelihoods, and jobs. How to enhance the connectivity and urban planning to generate inclusive growth in secondary cities are major challenges for national and local governments worldwide. How to address these challenges is therefore the focus of this networking event convened by the Cities Alliance and co-hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). It focuses on the discussion of innovative measures to be taken by local and national partnerships to respond to the opportunities and challenges in secondary cities. Findings of a global study on the System of Secondary Cities commissioned by the Cities Alliance will be presented and discussed by practitioners, researchers, international financing institutions and development partners from the ground.

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UKEvent Number: NE 408/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.New Formal Housing Policies: Building Just Cities?Global Urban Research Centre (GURC), School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

This networking event is organized by Caroline Moser and chaired by Alfredo Stein, Global Urban Research Centre, University of Manchester, with support from the Ford Foundation, New York. The event has three objectives; first, to better understand whether new formal housing policies currently being rolled out across cities of the South to reach the marginalized and excluded, contributing to the creation of more just cities; second, to analyse the spatial and social implications of these new formal housing policies in terms of uneven access to basic services, transportation and employment opportunities; third, to provide an interactive space for debate and knowledge transfer that will give policy makers and planners the opportunity to learn from on-going experiences in Brazil, Colombia and South Africa and to reflect how far current housing policies contributes to urban equity. Speakers are: Junia Santa Rosa, Secretary of Housing, Ministry of Cities, Brazil; Edesio Fernandes, Consultant, Brazil; Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town; Devraj Neville Chainee, Director Human Settlements, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa; Amparo Viveros, Secretary of Social Housing, Municipality of Cali, Colombia; Alejandro Florian, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity, Colombia

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CanadaEvent Number: NE 508/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Safe and Inclusive Cities: Research to Reduce Urban Violence, Poverty and InequalitiesInternational Development Research Centre-Governance (IDRC), Security and Justice Program
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

From high levels of inequality in Rio to growing poverty and crime in Ghana, urban violence affects millions of residents in many of the world’s fastest growing cities, despite the better access to jobs, goods, and services that often accompanies globalization. Today, more than 480 cities have populations of more than 1 million. Yet questions remain about what drives urban violence, how it links to poverty and inequality, and how to address it effectively. The Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) Initiative (www.idrc.ca/cities) seeks to answer these questions. This interactive event provides a window on research being conducted in 40 cities – ranging from Karachi to Cape Town to Caracas – documenting the links between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities in some of the world’s most challenging urban centres. Through powerful images and stories, SAIC experts will share their insights into what works – and what doesn’t – to reduce violence in urban centres. Presenters will share lessons learned from case studies and engage participants in discussing the challenges of creating safe urban spaces where all residents can access services, pursue livelihood activities, move freely, and live without fear. SAIC is a joint initiative of Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the UK’s Department for International Development.

Find more information, visit IDRC's website: English | Française

View flyer in Spanish. 
 

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USAEvent Number: NE 608/04/201402:00 p.m.-06:00 p.m.Gender, Asset Building, and Just CitiesFord Foundation
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

Event organized and chaired by Caroline Moser, University of Manchester and Ford Foundation, with support from the Ford Foundation Just Cities Initiative, New York. The event has the following three objectives: First, to better understand the contribution that a focus on the gendered nature of asset building brings to the goal of achieving just, more equitable cities; second, to identify the gendered constraints to achieving just cities, through gender-based inequalities in access to financial, physical, productive, human and social capital associated with such global urban issues as violence and transport; and third, to share the experiences of Southern NGO partners in Brazil, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe working with local women to support them in their choice of solutions to accumulate or adapt assets. Through these achievements women not only empower themselves, but also successfully challenge power relations in a transformative manner thus contributing to just, more inclusive cities. The panel comprises: Sonia Maria Dias, WIEGO, Brazil; Huraera Jabeen, Population Council, New York and BRAC; Caren Levy, Development Planning Unit, University College London; Catherine McIlwaine , Queen Mary University of London; Bathsheba Tatenda Biti, Director Dialogue on Shelter, SDI, Zimbabwe

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USAEvent Number: NE 708/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Safe + Smart Cities: Harnessing Technology for Urban ResilienceWilson Center
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

“Safe + Smart Cities” will highlight policies and practices that integrate new smart city technologies and planning concepts with efforts to make urban areas more resilient to natural and man-made disasters. This event brings business and government leaders together with urban experts to examine the space where the realms of “safe” and “smart” cities intersect, bringing attention to opportunities for the private sector and civil society to fill this space and play a more active role in making their communities secure. The digital age has ushered in a new era of urban innovation and entrepreneurship. Cities are using new technologies -- from data collection and real-time monitoring to sophisticated “control centers” -- to make urban performance more efficient and to enable new modes of coordination, decision making and participation. Yet these initiatives to develop and implement smart city technologies have been “siloed” from efforts to build urban resilience and reduce disaster risk. This networking event will present global best practices and evidence-based research to highlight integrated and comprehensive approaches that harness new technologies to make cities more secure, while simultaneously creating more efficient, sustainable and livable communities.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 808/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Local public project contractingFrench Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development (PFVT), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Urban Planning Commission in United Cities and Local Governements
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 8

The urban actors of the French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development (PFVT) will present Local Public Project Contracting as political tools of sustainable urban development and guarantor of rights to the City for all.

This networking event aims to suggest food for thought around the central question: “How should we bear the construction of public integrated policies and the implementation of regional and local projects, involving all stakeholders within a process of strategic urban planning, around regional and local authorities?” These thoughts will naturally lead to consider the following issues:

  • The capacities of the local authorities, rightful and responsible, to implement their aims. Which ways are to be used to develop the technical and human skills of the urban project ownership of local authorities? Which technical tools (urban agency, estate agency, developer contractor, observatory, etc.) should be put in place to assure the policies to implement in the medium and long term? What capacities of fundraising exist? 
  • The articulation between this local policy of equity and the national policy. How to share national and local competences by adequately delegating the human, technical and financial resources? How should different territorial policies be worked out?

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Costa RicaEvent Number: NE 908/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.From participation to power: How housing cooperatives foster active citizenship, gender equality and urban equityWe Effect (formerly Swedish Cooperative Centre, SCC)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

The We Effect housing and habitat programme VIVHA has supported the development of cooperative housing movements in a dozen countries in Latin America. Housing cooperatives are a viable strategy for poverty alleviation and for the fostering of active citizenship and urban equity. Housing cooperatives are not only about having a place to live; they are about the empowerment of the people involved. At the onset of the We Effect regional housing programme a decade ago, most cooperative leaders were men. Today, a majority are women.

The We Effect event will highlight the role of housing cooperatives in the empowerment of women. We will also discuss how female empowerment in the cooperatives has led to increased female participation in the local communities at large. Increased participation has led to increased power – but not necessarily to increased gender equality. Female leaders from housing cooperative organisations in Central America will share their experiences and provide concrete examples of challenges and opportunities in the combined pursuit for affordable housing and equal rights for women and men. The objectives are to share best practices, promote help-to-self-help models and to jointly identify new roles for housing cooperatives in the search for urban equity.

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SpainEvent Number: NE 1008/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Rehabilitation, Renovation and Integration: A new urban paradigm?Ministry of Infrastructure
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

The Spanish urban tradition has been characterized by imbalance between the attention given to the construction of new cities and the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the existing city. The financial and economic crisis gave, and still gives, an opportunity to balance this situation, to provide to rehabilitation the role it deserves, and also to bridge gaps between our regulatory framework and the European framework , especially regarding energy efficiency. New Housing and Land policies implemented by the Spanish Government are the first links in a chain that must be established to adjust the real estate and construction sector to these new objectives: ensuring a sustainable, fair and inclusive model, both socially and economically and environmentally, and ensuring the constitutional right to a decent and adequate housing, as required by the Spanish Constitution.

These new policies are, to our knowledge, a new urban “paradigm” whose philosophical foundations can be summarized in three words “Rehabilitation, Renovation and Integration”.

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ChinaEvent Number: NE 1108/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.The Suitable Urban Landscape - the Core of Sustainable Urban DevelopmentAsian Habitat Society
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

The sustainable urban development is made up of various factors, and landscape is one of the important sections of urban development influence the daily life of urban residents. It not only provides good city views and promote the city’s grade, but also improves the nature and ecological environment, raise the living standards of the residents, and drive the urban investment, tourism, employment and industry. More and more countries and cities pay great attention to the urban landscape development now a day.

This networking event will invite speakers, officials of international agencies, local government officials, landscape experts and scholars, and representatives of the design and development enterprises to introduce their achievements, experience, policies and lessons learnt about the urban landscape.

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IsraelEvent Number: NE 1208/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Regional Support System for Peripheral Municipalities as a Tool to Reduce Regional and National InequalitiesMIFAM (Southern Region)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 12

Local government is the most important institutional presence at local level that should take a leading role in local development efforts. Yet, most local authorities in international and national peripheries lack the required professional and institutional capacities. Developing municipal capacities cannot be based on sporadic initiatives, but requires an institutionalized effort for tangible and sustainable results.

The MIFAM is the key player in municipal capacity and institutional development in Israel. It is a regional institutional setup that partners with and empowers municipalities. It acts as a "built- in" support system to the municipalities in the region through integrating institutional and capacity building with strategic planning.

After a short presentation on the importance of institutionalized capacity development and a presentation of the MIFAM model's principles; we will lead a discussion using AI (Appreciative Inquiry) technique to enable participants to identify the keys for successful and sustainable municipal capacity building based on their own experience and on the MIFAM model. Based on the identified key principles we will design together a framework for practical collaboration and knowledge and experience sharing around capacity and institutional development between "networks" and "cluster" of municipalities in international and national peripheries.

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SpainEvent Number: NE 1308/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Casual simulation model approaches to foster e-participation in the design of urban policiesUniversitat Autònoma De Barcelona - Dpt. of Telecommunications and System Engineering - Unit of Logistics and Aeronautics
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

Digital Simulation techniques have been enhanced in the European e-participation project (FUPOL) to encourage citizens to participate in the decision making process of the municipalities for the design of urban policies. The huge risk inherent in urban planning design, due mainly to poor understanding of the real needs of citizens in the short and long term, can be mitigated by transforming citizen opinions into valuable knowledge through a trial-and-error approach supported by simulation.

Initial short presentations will try to explain how simulation tools could be used as serious games in order to let citizens to transform present opinions to valuable knowledge for urban planners. The trial and error methodology that characterises the user simulation platforms helps citizens to learn and move from present emotional discussions through social networks to rational discussions that could contribute to minimising the risk in the decision making process. One example of use could be: which kind of service should be provided to citizens? Why do not ask citizens about their needs? Why do not simulate citizens’ opinions regarding this issue?

After these presentations we will start the discussion by using attendants particular cases to illustrate how simulation and e-participation could help the decision making process on how city projects should be executed in a future.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 1408/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Act Global, Plan Local: The Benefits of North-South CollaborationArchitecture for Humanity
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Red Pavilion - Room 14

In North America, professional practice has evolved to include community participation throughout the planning process. Planners are mandated to engage the public in various ways, facilitating the generation of insight and feedback on current and future development. This practice is yet to be adopted globally, as community participation is not always seen as necessary or included as an integral component of the formal planning process on a larger scale. Nevertheless, recognizing that the stakeholders’ voice is critical to the planning process, increasingly local governments, agencies and communities worldwide have developed their own innovative participatory and design strategies enabling them to engage in planning initiatives. This session will present case studies where US professionals collaborated with local stakeholders through innovative community-driven development and urban upgrading initiatives. The process varies as it is necessarily adapted to local context, but the element of participation remains the foundation. Panelists will explore models used in projects located in Rwanda, Colombia, Haiti and Mexico, highlighting lessons learned, demonstrating the impact of community involvement and sharing how these communities were empowered by acting globally and planning locally.

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EcuadorEvent Number: NE 1508/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Local Government Associations from Latin America Exchange Effective Practices to Create Conditions in support of cities that enable the delivery of services to allThe Association of Ecuadorean Municipalities
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Red Pavilion Room 15

One of the most pressing issues of our day confronting cities is the provision of services; electricity, piped water, sewerage systems, etc. to growing and dwindling populations in the case of urban and rural areas, respectively. The proportion of the world living in urban areas is going to rise from around 53% in 2013 to around 60% by 2030 and 67% by 2050, largely due to rural-urban migration. Prosperous, healthy and resilient cities are going to be a core challenge of sustainable development.

Local Government Associations (LGAs) have an important role to play in supporting cities by advocating on their behalf, working to strengthen administrative and management capacities and acting as knowledge hubs. The Association of Ecuadorean Municipalities is conscious that knowledge sharing places a value on learning from the practices of peers. We believe that if we pool our individual knowledge and experience so that it becomes collective knowledge; we will be able to move forward more quickly and effectively in our work. To strengthen linkages between LGAs in Latin America and improve our effectiveness, we invited selected LGAs to exchange successful practices in creating conditions conducive to the sustainable provision of services for all.

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GermanyEvent Number: NE 1608/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.How to Enable Urban Innovation - Fast, at Broad Scale, and Equitable?Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ), Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
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Red Pavilion - Room 16

The post-2015 debate underscores the responsibility cities are bearing in their role as development agents. Resilience, inclusion, productivity and efficiency are dimensions of sustainable urban development, at city level as well as part of the global agenda. Substantial and lasting progress in these dimensions requires transformative changes in the way cities are managed. Vis-à-vis the magnitude of challenges and the speed of urbanization, the main question is how to speed up innovation; innovation that goes beyond punctual problem solving, that triggers transformative change, and that easily spreads from city to city. Policy makers, mayors, representatives from the private sector, civil society and academic research will discuss ways and instruments to enable urban innovation. The event will consider institutional settings as well as political cultures, policies and technologies. Mayors are asked to share their experiences, successes and obstacles they are facing when they promote innovation or, even more ambitiously, transformative change. Questions and comments from the audience will contribute to a lively debate aiming to instigate creative thinking about how to stimulate better urban innovation and spread it faster.

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MexicoEvent Number: NE 1708/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Inter-municipality: an efficient tool for social and territorial cohesionLOCAL (Observatory of Latin American Changes, University of Paris) and CLAEH (Latin American Center for Human Economy), supported by the Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV)
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Red Pavilion - Room 17

Rapid urbanization poses important challenges to local authorities when providing services and effectively responding to population demands. In Latin America, urbanization’s rapid pace has often been accompanied by increasing inequality and negative impacts on the environment. Today, consensus points at local development as a matter to be addressed from a territorial perspective. Inter-municipality is a political, social and administrative tool encouraging cooperation between local governments that share common challenges in a given territory. As public policy model, inter-municipality articulates different stakeholders, promotes local governance and enables better social and territorial cohesion. The IDEAL network is the result of four years of cooperation between 7 inter-municipal initiatives in Latin America and Europe. The event, organized by IDEAL Network, will present innovative experiences on inter-municipality and serve to identify key international and regional stakeholders, new potential members and strategic partners for the development of the network.

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UKEvent Number: NE 1808/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Participatory Design and Planning for Equitable CitiesArchitecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK)
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Red Pavilion - Room 18

Since 2009, ASF-UK has explored participatory design and planning in the global south as a central theme in its international workshops titled “Change by Design”, so far delivered in Brazil (2009 and 2010), Kenya (2011) and Ecuador (2013). “Change by Design” aims to advance participatory design as a way to strengthen marginalized communities and engage citizens in a process of deepening democracy. Unlike conventional participatory methods, it frames participation as a means to challenge the structural conditions that perpetuate urban poverty and exclusion from urban planning, design and governance. The Networking Event will combine a variety of speakers to discuss the opportunities and limitations of participatory design & planning with the aim is to facilitate exchange on the subject between different stakeholders. The event will be structured into three parallel debates, organized around questions of Scale, Time, and Process in participation. Here, speakers will present and discuss their own work and experience from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. A closing plenary session will link the debates and examine ways forward.

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UKEvent Number: NE 1908/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Work and Equity in Cities of Change: The Right to The City and EmpowermentCardiff University
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Red Pavilion - Room 19

From street traders, to construction workers and cleaners, the informal economy is the life blood of 21st century cities. Yet workers face limited rights and dire working conditions, and city governments need expertise to protect and empower vulnerable workers and to profit from this dynamic economy. Policy lessons and good practice are beginning to emerge. This event forms a platform for debate on rights and equity for informal economy workers, as a route to social, economic, political and spatial empowerment, and launches policy guidelines for economic empowerment and inclusion of street traders and other informal economy workers. The event emerges from action research which contrasts experiences of informal economy workers within rights-based governance agendas in Quito and Cusco, and the post-Arab spring cities of Cairo and Tunis, with presentations from researchers, practitioners and workers from three continents. The debate explores how the informal economy is mainstreamed under rights-based city agendas, how demands for democratic rights in post-revolution Arab cities created economic opportunities for informal economy workers, and how pro-poor policies support empowerment, particularly for women and young people. The guidelines address four challenges: 'Political' (inclusive legislation); 'Economic' (economic inclusion); 'Spatial' (reframing public space), and 'Social' (increasing voice).

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USAEvent Number: NE 2008/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Eliminating Constraints to Urban Land and Property Ownership by Women: A Practical PerspectiveInternational Housing Coalition
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Red Pavilion - Room 20

In the last few years, gender sensitive legislation and policies have been enacted in some countries, but have often failed to impact on the lives of women in cities or increase their opportunities to own land and property. Some regulatory frameworks recognize the right to individual and collective property entitlements for women; promote women’s voices in public policy; and encourage inclusive and accessible mechanisms for land use, planning, finance and registry. Still, women in cities may not feel empowered or able to act on regulatory promises and address the multiple barriers to land and property ownership. Based on experiences in the field, this event presents different approaches to eliminating legal, political, social, and customary barriers to women owning land and property. It will highlight lessons learned in terms of empowerment, equity, and capacity building.

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UKEvent Number: NE 2108/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Global Network for Sustainable Housing: Introducing Key Global Tools to Scale Up Green Buildings and Affordable Housing Solutions in a Sustainable ContextUniversity of Cambridge
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Red Pavilion - Room 21

The event brings together CRAterre, INBAR, Habitat for Humanity, and University of Cambridge to discuss key tools for assessing sustainability and share knowledge in the affordable housing sector. Included are a global rating tool co-produced with UN-Habitat (CRAterre); climate change vulnerability assessment tool for local bamboo homes (INBAR); research tool for sustainable implementation of academic research related to slum upgrading and social development as part of the EcoHouse Initiative (University of Cambridge); as well as knowledge exchange for market-based financing mechanisms and market “eco-system” development relating to fuel poverty (Habitat for Humanity). This event links UN-agencies, local authorities, NGOs, Universities and research institutions within the umbrella of the Global Network for Sustainable Housing, and aims to share information of the on-going work and ideas of the network’s partners by building up new partnerships.

For more information visit the EcoHouse Research website.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 2208/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Water and Cities Alliance: A scenario for adaptation and resilienceSecretaria Distrital de Ambiente
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Red Pavilion - Room 22

This event aims to join political, technical, operational and financial efforts that contribute to the protection of ecosystems that provide water supply in urban areas in constant growth and transformation through building an alliance among the cities of Bogota D.C., Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. These cities have similar problems in their dynamics of urban growth, the pressure on strategic ecosystems for storage, water regulation and supply and the effects that might arise as a result of climate variability and change.

The event aims to show the Alliance towards a Latin American strategy for protection of water places, looking for partners to help their conservation and recovery. The alliance seeks the explicit recognition by local governments about the importance of ecosystems, on which the water supply, regulation and risk mitigation depend.

The cities of the alliance are known in Latin America by their fast growth. Achieving this alliance will benefit 39 million people. The challenges faced around this rapid growth, are an opportunity to demonstrate that this growth can be given with low rates of environmental degradation, and also with actions oriented to the restoration and protection of ecosystems like paramos, wetlands, urban rivers and high Andean forests.

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UKEvent Number: NE 2308/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Leaving no one behind: How can we better monitor progress in ‘slum’ areas?Overseas Development Institute
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Red Pavilion - Room 23

It is well-known that data to track progress in slum areas is limited. What constitutes a ‘slum’ is contested, the indicators used are often inaccurate or incomplete, and in many developing countries basic data for slum areas is out of date or simply does not exist. Added to this, information of what the poor themselves see as their priorities is rarely collected or included in policy-making processes. The need for better information is only going to become more urgent as urban populations and the numbers of people living in slums are set to rise in many developing countries.

In this session, experts and policy-makers will discuss the potential of existing sources (such as enumerations, census, community based-based monitoring systems) and new data collection methodologies (including ICT and big data) to fill some of these data gaps, particularly when it comes to taking into account poor people’s own priorities.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 2408/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Financing an inclusive growth of urban areas: issues and areas for improvementFrench Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Local Finance for Development of UCLG and the Global Fund for Cities Development
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

Rapid urban growth currently faced by developing countries, which has long been perceived negatively, now appears as a positive factor in reducing poverty and improving living standards. However, trends show that it is also generating inequality, as well as exclusion with regard to informal settlements. Promoting inclusive urban growth implies rethinking the city in all its components, and to make significant investments in various sectors such as housing, sanitation, water, energy and transport.

The local governments are at the heart of these issues, but the weakness of their local finances hardly allows them to meet the challenges. How to bridge the gap between the huge financing needs and the means effectively mobilized? How to mobilize sufficient national wealth and distribute it enough equitably among the various levels of government? How to exploit effectively the urban pension to support the economic and social development of territories? Under what conditions private investment can be mobilized? Many questions that professionals and local elected officials will try to deepen in this networking event.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 2408/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Financing an inclusive growth of urban areas: issues and areas for improvementFrench Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Local Finance for Development of UCLG and the Global Fund for Cities Development
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

Rapid urban growth currently faced by developing countries, which has long been perceived negatively, now appears as a positive factor in reducing poverty and improving living standards. However, trends show that it is also generating inequality, as well as exclusion with regard to informal settlements. Promoting inclusive urban growth implies rethinking the city in all its components, and to make significant investments in various sectors such as housing, sanitation, water, energy and transport.

The local governments are at the heart of these issues, but the weakness of their local finances hardly allows them to meet the challenges. How to bridge the gap between the huge financing needs and the means effectively mobilized? How to mobilize sufficient national wealth and distribute it enough equitably among the various levels of government? How to exploit effectively the urban pension to support the economic and social development of territories? Under what conditions private investment can be mobilized? Many questions that professionals and local elected officials will try to deepen in this networking event.

See the event flyer:  English | Spanish

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SpainEvent Number: NE 2508/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Lessons from Asia & LatAm: How to build resilient citiesSmart City Expo World Congress
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

According to estimates, over 860 million people live in areas at risk of some kind of disaster whether natural ( earthquakes, typhoons...) , anthropogenic (chemical disasters, fires... ) or a mixture of both. Resilient cities allow developing urban spaces where people, communities and production systems have enough training and infrastructure to cope with such disasters. In the networking event Lessons From Asia & LatAm: How To Build Resilient Cities the basis of a space will be established for the exchange of best practices in the development of resilient cities in Asia and LatAm that have used smart cities / smart citizen criteria to build more equitable, inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities. The Networking Event will be a round table where senior public officials as well as representatives from the private sector from cities in Asia and Latin America will share experiences, lessons and good practices on the development of resilient cities in 15-minute segments.

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SwitzerlandEvent Number: NE 2608/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Ensuring equity in disaster risk reduction and response for vulnerable urban dwellersInternational Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with its National Societies and partners, will share experiences and lessons learned from previous and current work in urban areas including: urban regeneration & planning programmes; urban DRR; housing/land/tenure issues or forced migration/resettlement; humanitarian response in urban areas; climate change adaptation; or shelter & settlement improvement. This Networking event aims, firstly, to enhance the knowledge and understanding of approaches, challenges and trends of urban disaster risk reduction and management; and secondly, to share experiences and promising practices resulting from IFRC National Societies and respective partners engaged in country or regional level urban risk reduction and response programmes. We welcome comments, feedback or suggestions in English or Spanish and encourage participants to actively participate to the debate during the networking event

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BelgiumEvent Number: NE 2708/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Open cities of tomorrow - fostering inclusiveness and community involvementEuropean Commission, DG for regional and urban policy
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

How can cities tackle the challenges they face in the globalised 21st Century? How can they grow their economies, reduce social inequalities and act as stewards of the environment?

In Europe, the economic crisis underlined the connectedness of cities and the need for shared solutions to chronic challenges. Cities often compete to attract business, talents, etc. But in order to be successful, cities must co-operate more effectively to share learning, experience and know-how. Within cities, stakeholders must co-operate more effectively to optimise resources and co-create sustainable results. At the centre of this co-operative model is a more trusted set of relationships between city administrations and their citizens.

This workshop will showcase examples from European and South American cities. The examples come from two networks designed to promote effective urban learning and exchange – URBACT in Europe and URBELAC between Europe and South America. The examples will focus on key challenges for cities – housing, the environment and youth jobs – providing an insight into co-creation and open-innovation approaches. The focus will be practical, with an emphasis on ‘what works’ and how we can share it better.

We have designed a participative session with ample space for interaction and exchange. There might even be music! We hope that you will join us!

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UKEvent Number: NE 2808/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.The role of participatory planning in the generation of ‘Cities for Life’University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt Univeristy and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

With the growing participatory approach by local governments in Latin American planning processes since the end of last century, strategic planning has been increasingly seen as adaptable methodologies of a democratic nature. However, with the rapid urban growth that the Global South has faced, these approaches had to respond to growing overarching problems such as public health, shortage of housing, management of public spaces, etc. The current situation calls for a review of the standards applied to measure quality of life in cities in the Global South, as well as of the strategies and processes put in place to improve equity for urban dwellers in order to ensure ‘Cities for Life’.

This networking event aims to generate dialogue and exchange among academics, members of the government and practitioners in Europe and in Latin America. Five perspectives will open a wide discussion about the role of community participation experienced in the Global North and Global South: inclusive access to outdoor environments; long-term management of open space; processes of waterfront development; urban planning in Medellin; and land use challenges for equity and urban sustainability. Presentations will be led by academics from the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.

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USAEvent Number: NE 2908/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Women's security of tenure within the context of Post 2015 and Habitat III - where do we go from here?Huairou Commission
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

This event will generate discussion on characteristics of Secure Tenure — what is meant by women’s security of tenure and what would it look like to achieve it? Building on long established partnerships/a global platform that promotes gender-just urban/rural land governance, the Huairou Commission, FIG, GLTN, & ILC, will investigate and share lessons on gender specific land tool development and show strategies/outcomes from different stakeholders using land tools to secure women’s access to land, housing and other core productive assets. Panelists will present practical ‘land tools’ like the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) and a collective analysis.

Achieving gender equitable rural and urban land access affects women’s access to infrastructure, basic services and employment opportunities—essential elements of sustainable and equitable development. Targets focusing on land tenure and sustainable cities are currently being considered part of the Post-2015 development agenda. This panel will illustrate practical examples of how future development targets on cities, slums, or land rights can be implemented to improve the lives and opportunities for women. This is an opportunity to create linkages between grassroots-led strategies and development/rights-based approaches to enhance grassroots women’s capacity to effectively influence the Post 2015 and Habitat III processes and respective resulting policy guidelines.

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NetherlandsEvent Number: NE 3008/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Introducing a Social Housing System in HaitiCordaid
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

Cordaid, together with the Haitian local authority, the Affordable Housing Institute and the Foyer Sainte Marie, is introducing a new housing model in Kanapé Vert, Port-au-Prince. The 2010 earthquake made Haiti’s pre-existing housing shortcomings very clear. After the shelter and the relief efforts, a growing number of NGOs recognized that the emphasis on temporary alleviation precludes investment in permanent solutions. The focus on charity discourages co-investment, savings and the self-help of residents, landlords and Haitian investors. Cordaid is looking for more investment-oriented approaches. Responding to long term housing needs requires addressing all steps in the housing value chain. This innovative financial model seeks to generate a loan for affordable housing at Haitian banks. This is done through a combination of philanthropic grants and credits, a construction loan, a permanent loan and local capital. Residents are organized in a savings cooperative and will repay what is affordable for them. To achieve this Cordaid works closely with the new government agency, the Unité de Construction du Logement et de Bâtiments Publics (UCLBP) which is developing a housing policy that strengthens the production capacity of Haitian families and the private sector.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 3108/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Producing the sustainable city: presentations and discussions around international innovative experiences in the field of sustainable and participatory planningFrench Ministry of Territorial Equality and Housing (METL) and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 8

More than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas. However, the widespread expansion of cities, the growth of very large cities, the existence of very space and energy consuming city models, the existence of multiple levels of technical and political action raise many problems: congestion in metropolises, limits of the natural resources essential to urban development, socio-spatial polarization, etc. Under these conditions, how can we ensure an urban development that is sustainable both from an environmental and from a social point of view? How can we build a sustainable city for all? One of the answers lies in the renewal of urban production processes and of the modes of public action.

As part of this Networking Event, we will discuss inovative experiences in the field of sustainable urban development, particularly in terms of participatory planning and densification practices contributing to the production of affordable housing, while preserving agricultural and natural areas.

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MexicoEvent Number: NE 3208/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Building the promise of urban equityMinistry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

This event will highlight the importance of urban planning public policies (UPPP) and their impact on city inhabitants and their way of life. The main objective is to analize UPPP applied in Mexico and identify challenges and opportunities in order to achieve inclusive cities.

The presenters will explore the social and economic problems faced by Mexican cities and how strongly they are linked with the UPPP pursued on the last couple of decades by the federal government; as well as the potential of improvement trough the implementation of a “new model of urban development”.

The UPPP pursued by Mexican authorities on the last two decades caused segregation, rupture of social and family ties and the settlement of peripheral housing developments, thus increasing the amount of time and money required to travel inside the city and in general economic and social problems.

The “new model of urban development” promoted by the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU ) has as its main objective to increase the quality of life in Mexican cities and enhance access to the opportunities provided by cities to all. SEDATU promotes a new way to live the city through the application of urban planning instruments as urban regeneration, re-densification, sustainable urban mobility, etc.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 3308/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Challenges and perspectives of National Governments for Governance of Urban Development in Metropolitan ArrangementsMinistry of Cities of Brazilian National Government
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

The event on Metropolitan Governance Arrangements will discuss the current state of challenges and perspectives worldwide, inviting governmental experts and educational and research institutions of countries that adopt both the Federation and the Unit forms of State organization. It is widely known that many countries around the world historically presented significant urbanization rates over a short period of time and with high spatial concentration of the population, forming large urban centers, most often with significant inequalities in terms of infrastructure, goods and services, as well as difficulties in terms of planning and management. The event aims to debate strategies, standards and practices to promote the integration of policies, focused on urban development (including land use planning, housing, sanitation and urban mobility and transport) in Metropolitan Arrangements among different levels of government, in order to analyze and disseminate successful experiences.

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South AfricaEvent Number: NE 3408/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Know Your City: Creating Resilient and Equitable Cities through Partnerships for Community-Collected DataShack / Slum Dwellers International
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

This event will focus on the critical role of partnerships for community-collected data at the citywide and global scale. It will highlight the ways in which SDI’s partnerships with international agencies, research institutes, and academia serve as the means to explore how data collected by the poor, about the poor and for the poor becomes standard benchmarking data used by urban policy makers and planners. For decades, community-collected data has been used by federations to seek recognition of existence in cities, stave off evictions, negotiate resettlement and upgrading plans, and identify infrastructure needs. Through key partnerships, SDI-affiliated federations have adopted technologies that increase the accuracy and potential of data, making it invaluable to urban decision makers. SDI seeks to facilitate local partnerships that demonstrate the power of data collected by the poor and shared with cities. While communities’ activities do not change much, legitimation and acceptance by governments and external agencies serve as triggers for engagement with the poor in solving city challenges. The key takeaway from this event is that every city can and should be generating data on poverty with the poor, by the poor, and for the poor. This event will help answer questions of how and why cities should do this and present case studies that explore how partnerships for data collection are leading to innovative upgrading solutions at scale.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 3508/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Using Land Value Capture Mechanisms for Financing Urban Development in Latin AmericaFundação Getulio Vargas De São Paulo - Escola De Administração De Empresas - Departamento De Planejamento E Análise Economica
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 12

The use of Cepacs (Certificates of Additional Potential os Construction) and the Onerous Grant (Otorga Onerosa) in São Paulo and other brazilian cities to finance the construction of infrastructure an social houses for people living in slums. The Origin of Onerous Grant in Brazilian and São Paulo legislation (The City Statute 2001), its first use in the Interlinked Operations in São Paulo between 1987 and 1998. The results of this form of value capture and its destination to build social houses. The creation of the first urban operations in São Paulo (1990) and the introduction of Cepacs combining sucessfully high government intervention and free market procedures in determing prices through auctions in the stock market. How to calculate value increment: the formulas used in São Paulo. Strong and weak points of Cepacs, the risks involved in its operation. The possibility of replication in other countries and the basic conditions needed. The influence of these mechanism on prices and the problem of gentrification these instruments can increase and/or avoid.

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GermanyEvent Number: NE 3608/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Regenerative Cities and Communities: A People-driven transformationWorld Future Council
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

Which policy tools have proven successful in implementing regenerative urban development?

A new urban agenda is necessary in ensuring that cities positively enhance the ecosystems they rely on. The solution lies in going beyond the ambiguous notion of sustainability towards regenerative urban development, with which cities actively work to regenerate the resources it uses. The aim is to improve rather than merely sustaining ecosystems’ currently degraded condition. During this event policy makers, representatives from civil society and businesses, academics and other urban stakeholders will discuss the multiple opportunities and challenges for regenerative cities especially as they relate to local renewable energy sources, territorial resource management, the urban economy, and enabling governance structures.

In order for cities to develop in a regenerative way, all citizens must drive the transformation process. As regenerative cities take responsibility for the provision and generation of the resources they need, from a global perspective production becomes decentralised to the regional and local levels, allowing for more decentralised decision making.

The traditional definition of urban policy maker must change, requiring strong leadership and innovative communication methods. An integration of horizontal and vertical governance structures is a key factor of regenerative urban development.

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IndiaEvent Number: NE 3708/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.NE 37 CANCELLEDNA
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SwitzerlandEvent Number: NE 3808/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Minha Casa, Nossa Cidade – New Guidelines for Mass Housing in BrazilMAS Urban Design program at ETH Zurich
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Red Pavilion - Room 15

With the network event ‘Minha Casa, Nossa Cidade – New Guidelines for Mass Housing in Brazil’ the MAS Urban Design program of the ETH Zurich is bringing together various actors from academia, governments, NGOs and the civic society in order to discuss the improvement of large scale mass housing for low-income populations. Based on the experience in elaborating guidelines for the improvement of the federal program ‘Minha Casa, Minha Vida’ in Brazil, an exemplary collaboration between diverse partners will be presented where academic research and design has been applied in practice. Mediating between top-down and bottom-up agencies the MAS Urban Design is reflecting upon the performance of university initiatives for the improvement of governmental housing programs.

While including further presentations on other collaborations between academia and the Brazilian government (with contributions by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the Architectural Association in London) the network event will explore the potentials, drawbacks and impacts of cross-institutional cooperation. Participating institutions: MAS Urban Design ETH Zurich, Ministry of the Cities Federal Government in Brasília, Instituto CASA Rio de Janeiro, Fundação Bento Rubião, Fundação Vale, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism Federal University Rio de Janeiro, Architectural Association London

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NetherlandsEvent Number: NE 3908/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Building Equitable Cities: Bringing Planning Back InInternational Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)
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Red Pavilion - Room 16

Urban planning is witnessing a resurgence in many parts of the world after a period of marginalisation. Cities and towns across both the developing and developed world are facing new or renewed challenges relating to exclusion, decline, unsustainability and crises of different kinds. What role can planning play in addressing these issues? What should be the guiding principles for planning in this respect? What are the key elements of legislation, policy, and spatial instruments, which can help in building better and more equitable cities? As more and more planners are also working outside their own geographical realm, as advisers, consultants or in other roles, how can they transfer their experiences from one context to another? Organised by the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), this Networking Event aims to respond to some of the questions above by bringing together planners and experts from different regions of the world. It can make a direct contribution to the Dialogue on Spatial Fix by emphasizing how urban planning and planners can adjust their spatial solutions in order to make cities more inclusive and equitable.

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PalestineEvent Number: NE 4008/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Shared learning to overcome urban inequality and discrimination: The case of Palestine-South Africa cooperationMinistry of Local Government
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Red Pavilion - Room 17

Speaking with reference to South Africa, Nelson Mandela stated clearly that “Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”. Palestine and South African share a close bond, forged around their collective history of dealing with an occupying force and finding ways to overcome political, spatial, social and economic inequality. For the past year, the two countries have worked closely together to look at how to build equitable systems of local governance. In the case of Palestine, this has focused on building new systems of governance, and for South Africa it has been about evaluating the systems put in place after the fall of Apartheid in 1994. The program has aimed to create more inclusive and equitable cities through improved urban policies and programs and increased local government capacity within both countries. This networking event will take the form of a panel discussion with high-level national and local government role-players. Discussion will focus on how the co-operation between Palestine and South Africa has positively contributed to making cities in the respective countries more equitable, efficient, effective and economically viable.

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UKEvent Number: NE 4108/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Mind the Gap: Linking Theories of Equitable Development with Practice in Latin AmericaUniversity of Reading
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Red Pavilion - Room 18

Many Latin American countries have accumulated a social debt due to their social, political and economical situations aggravated by past authoritarian regimes. The challenge for the region is how to achieve high quality urban environments that are accessible to all sectors of the population at minimal environmental cost while undergoing a process of rapid growth. This is a complex task that demands interdisciplinary action. The development of the proposed event intends to aid policymakers and practitioners to move closer to this goal by focusing on three key areas: 1) Equitable Distribution of Land Value Capture (plusvalía de tierras); 2)Social Cohesion and Community Building; 3) Citizens’ Right to High Quality. Our proposed workshop will help to address issues related to quality of life and equity, which are two fundamental principles of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. By focusing our dialogues on the nexus between economic growth and shared gains we will contribute to the development of knowledge around building inclusive cities.

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South AfricaEvent Number: NE 4208/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Harnessing Economic Potential: Street Vending, Enterprise Growth, and Urban EquityWomen in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WEIGO)
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Red Pavilion - Room 19

Future urban equity cannot be achieved without social inclusion and economic empowerment for all urban populations. This networking event organized by the global policy research network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), focuses on one of the most visible yet marginalized actors in the urban economy: informal vendors. It features women leaders from prominent workers’ organizations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and technical experts with first-hand experience of cities that work with, instead of against, informal traders. Each speaker will describe specific, recent examples of how their cities and informal traders have worked together to achieve greater inclusion.

From Latin America, leaders of street vendor organizations will reflect on inclusive practices from Medellín, Columbia and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The StreetNet International organizer for Africa, the global alliance of street trader organizations, will identify inclusive mechanisms on the African continent. The Self Employed Women’s Association, a union with 1.8 million members, will reflect on the process of securing a national law on street vending and innovations in Ahmedabad, India. Inputs will be moderated by WIEGO. Participants will together identify 8-10 potential new mechanisms for social inclusion in their cities.

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KenyaEvent Number: NE 4308/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Indicators for Urban Slum Vulnerability and CrisisCo-hosted by Concern Worldwide and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
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Red Pavilion - Room 20

As rapid urbanization creates cities in which substantial portions of the population live in conditions that do not even meet the minimum humanitarian standards contained within international guidelines such as the Sphere Standards, concerted and data-driven effort is needed to develop new indicators of vulnerability and crisis. Seemingly small shocks such as an increase in food prices can have a big impact on populations that already live on the edge. Unfortunately, the response to these hidden crises is absent or delayed until the impact becomes large enough to encompass the greater city or garner attention by its severity. Knowing the metrics by which the chronic insecurity that they face, in terms of access to food, shelter, safety, healthcare and other basic goods and services, turn into an acute crisis would be very valuable to governments, aid agencies and international actors to act earlier and mitigate the impact of these crises and may better mobilize resources, activate programs and induce policy changes that would allow us to better protect the urban poor. Longitudinal data collected from households in informal settlements of Nairobi on a variety of metrics is helping develop a granular picture of the changes this population faces over time.

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ArgentinaEvent Number: NE 4408/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.From villa to barrio: Applying social management models to improve local habitats, build community unity and address social exclusion in informal settlements. The case of the City of Buenos Aires.Secretariat for Habitat & Inclusion, City of Buenos Aires
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Red Pavilion - Room 21

How can we encourage local communities to be the protagonists in the physical and social transformation of their neighbourhoods? In what ways can permanent local government presence in informal settlements help break away from traditional clientelistic relationships and build citizenship? How can small investments in infrastructure and a focus on the recovery of public spaces transform the wider social context? The Secretariat for Habitat & Inclusion of the City of Buenos Aires employs a novel social management model adapted from the successful practices of cities such as Medellín (Colombia), to address the long-standing inequalities and segregation felt by the 8-10% of the City population living in informal settlements. Marina Klemensiewicz, Secretary for Habitat & Inclusion, will discuss the experiences and the challenges of the City of Buenos Aires in gradually incorporating informal neighbourhoods into the fabric of the City: building community identity and unity, facilitating access to housing, employing gender perspectives in urban planning, and nurturing citizenship and cultural expression. She will explain how the processes of working in partnership with local communities, businesses and civil society to design and implement public works and social programmes are invaluable to transforming villas into barrios. The event will be in both Spanish and English.

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GhanaEvent Number: NE 4508/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Scaling Up Informal Settlement Upgrading and Prevention through National Housing Policies and Programmatic Approaches: Lessons Learned from 12 CountriesMinistry of Water Resources, Works and Housing of Ghana
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Red Pavilion - Room 22

While the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), Target 7D of “improving the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by 2020” has been achieved, the absolute number of the urban poor has increased and projections for 2020 indicate that the number of slum dwellers in the world will further rise from 863 million to 1.4 billion if no remedial action is taken. As a response to the rapid urban growth especially in slum areas of the developing world, national and international efforts must develop and improve curative and anticipatory housing strategies for migrants who cannot afford formal housing alternatives. These responses must build upon lessons learned from previous experiences. Inclusive, sustainable, rights-based and housing responses, including through slum upgrading approaches are required from national governments and local authorities to produce equitable cities and adequate housing for all.

This Networking Event will present the lessons of the Joint Work Programme (JWP) ‘Scaling Up Informal Settlements Upgrading and Prevention through National Policies and Programmatic Approaches’ and the findings from the forthcoming book documenting its experiences. The discussions are expected to provide inputs to housing and slum upgrading global discourse, namely the Habitat III and the Post 2015 MDGs.

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EthiopiaEvent Number: NE 4608/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Making Housing Assets Work? Equity and Sustainable Development in the Housing Sector: Discussions following the Ethiopian and other International Experiences and VisionsEthiopian Federal Ministry of Urban Development; Housing and Construction (Housing Development and Government Buildings Construction Bureau)
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Red Pavilion - Room 23

Access to housing is one of the most prioritized services to be delivered by public administrations. Many governments support housing programs which produce multi-storey condominium apartment blocks, often as large housing estates at the edges of growing cities or even as new towns. These developments require massive public investments into technical and social infrastructure, but also require the mobilization of financial resources by the future unit owners. The condominium units will be one of the major assets especially poor or middle income households own. It is of the greatest importance to develop systems that sustain the access to this form of housing and the value of this asset.

Ethiopia is running comprehensive housing programs. Since 2006 more than 240,000 housing units have been constructed or are under construction in the context of the ‘Integrated Housing Development Program’, linking and integrating different development objectives and related initiatives e.g. access to housing, urban renewal, job creation, development of the construction sector, MSE development, land management, good governance and poverty reduction. During this networking event lessons learned will be discussed and compared with other countries’ experiences. This also includes the question: ‘What are challenges and possible solutions regarding administration and maintenance of condominiums?’

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ArgentinaEvent Number: NE 4709/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Inclusive Socio-Spatial Development in Bangkok, Buenos Aires and New York River BasinsFacultad De Arquitectura, Diseño Y Urbanismo - Universidad De Buenos Aires
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

This event presents three parallel interdisciplinary case studies analyzing planning and policy initiatives geared towards socio-spatial inclusion in the river basins of Bangkok, Buenos Aires and New York. The case studies go beyond sectoral and disciplinary limits, to ask how to redefine urban territories while reducing exclusion in the transformation. The interdisciplinary approach to these issues brings together design, social science and history, and it articulates knowledge around the dynamics of social life in physical space according to the particularities of the society and history. The three case studies focus on the plans and policies for transforming urban spaces, and jointly the interactions between design and social development in public policies. They highlight the tensions produced between the implementation of urban projects and their social consequences.

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JapanEvent Number: NE 4809/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Urban Planning and City Sprawl Concerning Risk Management for Natural DisastersJapan International Cooperation Agency ‐ JICA
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

The event on “Urban planning and City Sprawl concerning Risk Management for Natural Disasters” will debate management actions to prevent risks of natural disasters in the urban context. It is widely known that the lack of national policies on urban planning, especially with regards to city sprawl, have a significant impact on risk management policies due to the frequent occupation of areas that are susceptible to natural disasters, exposing the population to risks. The event will debate the strategies, standards and practices on urban planning and development, focusing on issues related to urban sprawl (including land use planning, housing, structural measures and others) within the scope of risk management policies adopted over the world, promoting the exchange of experiences, in order to analyze and disseminate successful practices.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 4909/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Networks and cooperation platforms for a better urban and territorial planificationFrench Network of Urban Planning Agencies
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

Regarding major challenges such as social inclusion, economic development or ecological transition, we need successful urban policies and strong local authorities. It goes with technical skills and tools, able to mobilize all the stakeholders, both in urban planification and in the operational application.

At a local level, partnership tools for planification help to share the diagnosis and long-term strategic vision, in a multilevel approach. Tools also lead to monitor the territorial evolution and to adapt the project to this evolution. Networks and cooperation are an essential part of urban and territorial policies for cities and states, through exchanges about practices, common frameworks, and decentralized cooperation.

Three points will be raised, different international or national experiences of cooperation and networks about planification: 

  • North/south, south/south and north/north 
  • Interest of developing cooperation and networks in order to help local authorities and states to strengthen their urban and territorial policies 
  • Opportunity to implement and spread UN Guidelines through cooperation and networks, depending on local contexts.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 5009/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Integrated and participatory city planning practices for more equitable citiesSFU-les Ateliers
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

How can we expect to achieve urban development equity, having as a goal “cities for living”, if we do not ask the fundamental question on integrated, participatory and co-operative planning in terms of its conception, implementation and management?

Facing the present crises and inequalities that affect specifically vulnerable groups (the elderly, women, youth etc.), the “Société Française des Urbanistes” (SFU), the first professional organization of planners in the world, founded in 1911) has long maintained a dialogue with policymakers to achieve a paradigm shift towards sustainable urban development. However, the main recognized innovation would be for all human activities that are displayed on different territories over time, to be integrated in a trans-sectoral way into planning projects.

Their foundation often lies in a productive application of green, circular, social and mutually supportive economies. Examples often appear, through the initiative of “Organizing Authorities” (decision makers), within the framework of “External Actions of Cities” (decentralized cooperation). They are a strong signal of a new reality. SFU together with its LDC’s partners will present a selection of these initiatives, part of an «Integrated Urbanism» source of Urban Equity.

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GermanyEvent Number: NE 5109/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Urban NEXUS: strengthening inter-sectoral linkages and crossing municipal boundaries for integrated resource-efficiency in citiesGIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

This event features the presentation of and debate on recent findings on the “Urban NEXUS” as an inter-sectoral and multi-actor approach to integrated resource management and project design in cities. A comprehensive study introduces the newest conceptual elaboration of the Urban NEXUS, offering hands-on entry points based on case studies from around the world, and allows insights into the experiences gained at two on-going NEXUS-pilots with selected Asian and African metropolitan regions: Two concrete experiences from Nashik, India and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania will illustrate how intersectoral coordination can be implemented at a local level and how resource efficiency gains can be jointly achieved. Urban Nexus is a concept to counter sectoral thinking and divided responsibilities and to encourage new thinking in society, public administration and policy making. As such, Urban NEXUS means advancing urban sustainable development through comprehensive approaches and strategic cooperation between sectors, especially for managing natural resources and energy, for the promotion of cyclical systems of production and consumption, for encouraging new urban habits, such as urban agriculture and for increasing urban resilience. To this end, the Urban NEXUS requires innovative and cross-cutting approaches to problem solving and service provision which will be presented and discussed at this event with local government representatives from India or Tanzania, international experts and researchers.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 5209/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.The planning of rural urban landscape: The case of Colombia’s coffee cultural landscape Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

In 2011, the UNESCO included Colombia’s Coffee Cultural Landscape in the World Heritage List as an outstanding example of traditional human settlement and productive land use and for being associated to events or prevailing traditions, beliefs or artistic and literary works of importance. This landscape has specific economic and cultural characteristics rooted in the tradition of coffee production under difficult geographic conditions, as a result of a colonization process in the 19th century. It is a vivid landscape, dynamic and productive, made up of urban settlement and rural areas from 51 municipalities. The Ministries of Culture, Environment and Housing initiated the conservation process of this landscape. Its goal, the articulation of cultural, social, territorial and environmental components is a major challenge and constitutes an example of inter institutional articulation and rethinking urbanism from its outstanding universal value. As a result, work is focused on the coordination of the territorial development plan of 51 municipalities. In addition, progress has been made on the promotion of research, recognition and conservation of cultural heritage and the participation of communities in these processes, which strengthens equal development in the region.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 5308/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Cities For Life And Territorial Rights: Facing The Challenge Of Human InequalityUniversidad Nacional De Colombia - UNAL
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

The Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in alliance with HIC, CLASCO and ACIUR, invites you to join our debate concerning the attainment of cities for life, equity and territorial rights. The session will discuss population settlements, urbanization and real-estate dynamics, responses of international organizations, governments, and social and political groups concerned with habitat, urbanism and territorial issues, as well as government relations with social and community organizations.

We will focus on:

  • Neglected unseen or stigmatized habitats and territories, across national boundaries and urban peripheries or rural edges. 
  • Habitats and territories subjected to dispossession and gentrification. 
  • Dispossessed and destabilized habitats and territories, due to different types of violence and a variety of conflicts. 
  • Habitats and territories impacted by urban development models and real-estate actions. 


Objectives:

  • To share academic positions in dialogue with civil society and social and community organizations, concerning the challenges facing cities and territories for life committed to territorial rights and human equity issues. 
  • To generate a collective statement that critically contributes to base agreements on development policies discussed within WUF7, and to broaden the debate towards the III Habitat Conference - 2016. 
  • To envision global and local guidelines and strategies vis-a-vis equity, life and territorial rights.


For more information visit UNAL's website and conocimiento y acción.

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USAEvent Number: NE 5409/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.North-South Dialogue in Urban Planning, Research and PracticeLatin Lab, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 8

Urban planning university departments, academic research centers, and affiliated institutes in the Global North regularly engage in international research and practice focused on the Global South, from foundation- or government-funded research projects to planning and design studios for foreign clients. While the most successful efforts by necessity partner with academic institutions in the Global South, such partnerships are not always equitable, nor do they always take place. This networking event seeks to explore the experiences of professors, students, and researchers on how to formulate such partnerships, what makes for a successful partnership with a productive outcome, and to what extent could this relationship be more balanced -- with Global South urban experiences informing Global North urban planning and not just the other way around.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 5509/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.The Law of Territorial Development in Colombia - Act 388 - 1997 - And The Municipal Land Management Plans: A strategy that integrates the social and economic development with the physical and spatial planning to ensure equity and prosperity for allMinisterio De Vivienda, Ciudad Y Territorio
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

With the adoption of the territorial development law (Act 388 ), all municipalities are implementing a planning and development tool that brings together in one body all topics of interest for comprehensive long-term action on its territory : the land use pot plan. The protection of the natural and environmental ecosystems, the management of water resources, the system of infrastructure networks (water supply, sewerage , sanitation), programs to address social housing, public space, social services, and the planning and promotion of rural territories, are the main topics that all local authorities discuss, allocate, and later adopt as a social and political commitment for the long term. In this way, the pot is establishing the instrument as one for sustainable territorial development for the long term by conjoining the entire set of problems that had been previously addressed in isolation, without effective planning and coordination. From the law, municipal policies do not apply to individual sectors, but instead to the larger context, in the interest of the overall long-term development of the municipality. After 16 years of application of law 388, the management plan has become the best guide to coordinate and direct public investment toward specific purposes related to the structural and functional development of the municipality and therefore has promoted the improvement of living conditions of the population, favoring higher levels of development and ensuring prosperity and equality for all citizens, also allowing for complete coverage of the national territory.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 5609/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.How to conciliate social issues and climate challenges at local levelAgence Française Du Development (French Development Agency)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

If the importance of sustainable urban development is widely recognized around the world, making people aware that climate change is mostly due to the impact of growing urbanization is more than ever a challenge for local authorities. Half of the world population and most of the economic activities are now located in the cities, which make them huge energy-consumers and greenhouse gas emission contributors.

Today, climate change effects are already impacting most of the cities. Their localization and growing density of population, activities and infrastructure networks make them especially vulnerable. However, the climate change challenge is still considered as secondary, or even as a constraint for socio-economic development.

Thus, when local authorities are convinced by the benefits of a local climate strategy, they are afraid that such a strategy will not be accepted, especially by communities in a precarious social position. Are climate-related and social issues really distinct? Is it possible to reconcile urban resilience, low- carbon cities and the fight against poverty?

The French Development Agency (AFD) in partnership with the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)), will provide the opportunity to share innovative experiences with several local representatives and climate challenge experts from emerging and developing countries.

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AustraliaEvent Number: NE 5709/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Supporting Fair Food Systems and Networks in AustraliaFood Alliance
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

This networking event aims to draw together attendees of World Urban Forum 7 with an interest in food sovereignty, sustainable food systems and urban agriculture to strengthen the networks and knowledge around this flourishing global movement. It aims to share lessons from and build the international connectedness of the Australian food movement in particular, but will draw on the experiences of a number of comparative movements in other countries and continents.

This event presents the case for prioritising fair food systems and urban agriculture in efforts to address urban inequity and sustainability challenges. Australia, like many countries worldwide, is experiencing a paradigm shift around food production and consumption. Pressure from free trade and cheap imports has seen a recent emergence of the 'alternative agri-food movement' and farmers markets, where country growers now connect with city consumers all over Australia.

In this event, initiatives such as the Peoples Food Plan, Fair Food Week, 3000 acres, an Urban Food Charter and urban aquaponics are explored. Complementary initiatives in contrasting contexts are also explored from countries such as the USA, Brazil, Canada and Africa.

Participants will be encouraged and given the opportunity to share their experiences, initiatives and networks. This event is supported by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and the Food Alliance; and chaired and supported by the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.

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South AfricaEvent Number: NE 5809/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Planning Differently: Community-Based Slum Upgrading StudiosAssociation of African Planning Schools (AAPS)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 12

Africa’s urban population is set to double over the next 20 years, with 43 per cent of the urban population living in poverty and 62 per cent living in slums. Professionals whose central task is to plan the future of these burgeoning cities are frequently trained to rely on existing problematic planning laws or to promote modernization processes that site cities such as New York or Dubai as the ideal. Such professionals usually lack an understanding of how to work with poor urban communities to devise appropriate solutions to their living and working environments. Over the last decade the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS), now with 50 university members, developed new approaches to planning education. A central goal has been to sensitize planning students to the real experiences of shack-dwellers, and to value their knowledge on how to improve their living environments. In 2010 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between AAPS and Shack Dwellers International (SDI) to encourage country-based affiliates of SDI to work directly with AAPS schools. The primary mechanism for collaboration has been the ‘community-based studio’ involving SDI and planning staff as well as community leaders. To date, seven studios have taken place across Africa. Planning staff and students had direct exposure to conditions and residents of informal settlements, with the studios facilitated by SDI and affiliate staff. The proposed event includes planning educators, community members and local authorities involved in studios to promote the insights from community-based studios as a learning tool.

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MyanmarEvent Number: NE 5909/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.The Predicament of Societal Reform and Modernity: Culture and Heritage Preservation in YangonYangon Heritage Trust
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

Yangon is a city awash with architectural heritage. As a city that has been visually defined since the late-1800s by its downtown colonial quarter, a district containing one of the most complete sets of colonial buildings in the world, the settlement has long enjoyed an architectural status that sets it apart from other cities in Southeast Asia. Yet Yangon’s built heritage is now under a grave threat. The reform of Myanmar society following the watershed national election of 2011 has unleashed a number of dynamics that are threatening the historic character of the city. With swathes of buildings being razed the environmental quality of Yangon is being weakened, and with many old buildings also suffering from neglect, fear is increasing for the future of Yangon’s historic environment. Notwithstanding the creation of the Yangon Heritage Trust to locally promote and protect built heritage, the Trust has also been active in engaging the municipal authority and national government in discussions so as to promote livability in Yangon. Thus, against this backdrop, the networking session organized by the Yangon Heritage Trust offers an opportunity to firstly aid global awareness of Yangon’s history in its built form, and the value of the city to the emergence in Myanmar of sustainable cultural tourism, and secondly to offer a platform to discuss matters related to legislation creation so that cultural heritage may be preserved and sustainable economic development ensured. The session is open to those interested in historic urban cityscapes, law, and management. Short presentations will introduce the city to audience members prior to open discussion.

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EcuadorEvent Number: NE 6009/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Green Urban GridMunicipio Del Distrito Metropolitano De Quito
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Red Pavilion - Room 14

The Green Urban Grid is a territorial development and planning strategy designed to build new relationship patterns between city, nature and society. It is based on a new perspective concerning the meaning of “urban green” and its environmental, economic and patrimonial values - each of them making a contribution to build better living conditions in public spaces, health, environmental quality, social and territorial equity, cultural integration, natural and landscape empowering, and symbolic public and private spaces.

The Grid goes beyond environmental contributions to a sustainable development perspective of the city, with economic, social and cultural values, working for:

  • Ensuring universal accessibility and spatial continuity 
  • Cultural and symbolic places and landscapes 
  • Non-motorized and multimodal transportation 
  • Green Urban Grid and Public Space Grid as a whole 


Strategies:

  • Scale approach: region/metropolitan/city/urban centers/eco-neighborhoods/architecture 
  • Different approach for each urban scenario 
  • Assigning ecological, environmental, symbolic, and recreational values as needed 
  • Ensuring the landscape and cultural quality of the city Polycentric city and sustainable transportation 
  • Identifying urban opportunities created from the implementation of the new integrated transportation system with the new subway service as a backbone

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SwedenEvent Number: NE 6109/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Land Administration: Avoiding Financial CrisisLantmäteriet: the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 15

Well-functioning housing markets contribute to a better everyday life for those who have a home, but housing markets also play a great role in the functioning of the entire macro economy; access to shelter, a safe home, is a requirement for good health and productivity – a prerequisite for the labor market. Further, proper land administration is key to analyzing economic development and stability. Even in developed economies maintaining good land administration is a big part of the toolset to monitor and maintain a sustainable economic climate.

Working with land administration can be seen as a three step process, creating a property market, developing a property market and finally maintaining a property market. What is the driving force to pursue all three steps? Could the financial crisis be seen as a warning signal for what emerging countries must avoid in its development? The land market and the financial market depend on each other and both must function properly for a country to reach a sustainable economic climate. In this seminar we will discuss and present theories and practices related to land administration and reflect over current issues. We will ask relevant questions to spur an interesting discussion among seminar participators.

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GermanyEvent Number: NE 6209/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Addressing Nonformal Urban Growth. Results of the Informal Urbanism Hub of the Habitat University Network Initiative-UNInstitute of Landscape Architecture, Leibniz University
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 16

The networking event will feature the newly founded Hub of Informal Urbanism as part of the Habitat University Network Initiative-UNI. The new hub serves as a platform for research and education into non-formal urban growth, one of the dominant forms of urbanization. The first activity of the hub was a major conference titled Metropolis Nonformal – Anticipation at the Technical University Munich where many of the leading experts of this field congregated last fall. The conference had the premise that self-production of cities may be the only viable urbanization model for low-income migrants. Therefore cities have to develop novel strategies of anticipation, support and collaboration with the additional two billion informal dwellers expected by 2050. The networking event will summarize the findings of this symposium. It will also present future planned activities of the hub and solicit proposals from interested participants of the event.

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RomaniaEvent Number: NE 6309/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Equity: Lessons learned by in-between countriesAsociatia Odaia Creativa / The Creative Room
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 17

The event addresses the new modus operandi undertaken by young practitioners in the field of urban planning in two regions where open and rigid systems of regulation co-exist: Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. While the efforts and experiences of the panel experts involved are telling for the changing nature of perceived equity in connection with local development practices, the framework of the case studies discussed opens up to a widespread global challenge. Thus, the applicability of equitable principles is going to be analyzed through the statutory and non-statutory instruments that dominate the field of urban planning, as well as through bottom-up approaches aimed at disrupting and improvement of the process.

The event consists of (1) a progressive panel discussion that will tackle different key themes connected to the overall aspiration for an equitable urban future: home ownership, informal practices, (public) spaces for negotiation, quality of life and adaptive instruments for pre- and post- (urban) planning, followed by (2) a global café session with the scope to reflect the discussed themes in different parts of the world, with contributions from the audience.

We strongly encourage the participation of visionary young professionals and city planners and local and national governments representatives.

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UKEvent Number: NE 6409/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Security of Tenure in Urban Humanitarian Shelter OperationsDepartment for International Development (DFID), International Federation of the Red Cross and Norwegian Refugee Council
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 18

Why does security of tenure matter in emergency contexts? When people have been displaced from their homes by conflict or natural disaster, humanitarian actors face pressure to provide shelter as quickly as possible. The humanitarian community is making progress in orientating emergency shelter provision to the most vulnerable populations, but there is also a growing tendency to prioritise people who have documents demonstrating they had secure tenure prior to the disaster. For poorer populations previously living in informal settlements, or in countries with emerging legal systems, formal legal documentation is often an unrealistic expectation, particularly for disadvantaged groups such as women. Additionally, humanitarians must also make sure that appropriate agreements are in place with landlords, and understood by tenants, to prevent evictions.

A second question is: ‘what is secure enough tenure?’ This event seeks to promote greater understanding of the complexities surrounding emergency shelter provision in urban areas, and move towards an agreement on an operational definition of security of tenure. It will build on growing awareness of the need to recognise and support more diverse forms of tenure, and will draw on case studies from humanitarian shelter specialists involved in a range of responses to natural disasters and conflict.

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USAEvent Number: NE 6509/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Planning for Equity: An agenda for implementationGlobal Planners Network
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 19

This Global Planners Network (GPN) session describes how our members promote urban equity in development. GPN represents over 30 nations’ Non-Governmental Planning organizations. Participants will share the results of that experience including results-oriented tools, outreach to allied groups and implementation ideas after WUF7. Urban Planning has a critical role in achieving equality: from health and wellbeing, to public participation in decision making, to economic opportunity and access to resources.

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will discuss their ‘Policy Futures’ papers outlining and addressing challenges all cities face in the 21st Century. The Presidents of the American Planning Association and the Canadian Institute of Planners will share experiences in achieving sustainable and equitable economic growth, community health and wellbeing, and better governance and inclusive decision-making. GPN members and guests will highlight the practical application of planning tools and the role planners play in shaping development more equitably by drawing on case studies from developed and developing countries including the members of the new Caribbean Planners Association as well as from Colombia and Brazil. Ample time for discussion for the participants to highlight other planning issues around development equity will be provided.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 6609/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Renewal of urban practices framework towards a collaborative urbanismEcole Spéciale d’architecture (PFVT - Collège chercheurs)
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 20

The end of the period of global urban theories has been questioning the way to think about urban development. Similarly, the Western model has reached the limits of its exemplarity and exportation. More and more, urban development projects located in cities of the South have shown their innovative capacity and their accuracy in relation to very specific urban contexts. Inhabitants’ participation has become a key element of city development and discourse. The increasing political role of local authorities and the rise of a multiplicity of actors, organized in a set of local democratic governance are also clear. This expanding role reflects the will of democratization and the process of decentralization, which interact with one another. Therefore, it is no longer a question of dialogue, but of framework of decision-making between legitimate public local authorities and identified actors of participative democracy. Renewed interventions in the city, as emerging study and research objects, are generating a renewal in knowledge and know-how in urbanism, aiming to re-define the status and the role of expertise. This renewal addresses the implementation of a better social equity based on a bottom-up process and articulated with local, regional and national framework for decision making. Debates taking place during this networking event will highlight new forms of collaboration in the field of action as well as knowledge.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 6709/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.From Medellín to Antioquia: Antioquia, the Most Educated (De Medellín a las regiones de Antioquia, Antioquia la más educada) Gobernación De Antioquia
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Red Pavilion - Room 21

The Networking event is part of the line 6 "Regional Comprehensive Development Project of Urabá" from the Government of Antioquia’s Development Plan 2012-1015 "Antioquia, the most educated," and aims to position the region of Urabá at national and international level.

With its environmental richness and strategic position, at present Urabá is a geographical region located in Colombia's border with Panama. This region represents great opportunities and a huge potential and yet, it faces major political, economic and social challenges associated with a deficient development in the human, physical and institutional areas. In order to seize this potential a planned development, environmentally sustainable and economically balanced with equity and social justice is necessary, which generates welfare development to their communities.

For this reason, the “Antioquia, most educated” is developing a Comprehensive Development Project of Urabá, starting on the recognition of the potential and capabilitiesof the region. This means overcoming the obstacles that have marginalized their people from the benefits of development and impeded the integration of this region with the country and the world.

The Comprehensive Regional Project for the Development of Urabá is conceived as a set of strategic interventions in the territory that involve: investment resources, political decisions and public-private actions in the short, medium and long term through triggers projects capable of transforming the regional reality.

Strategic Objectives of the Project:

  • Environmentally Sustainable Region: preserve and foreground biodiversity as the greatest wealth through sustainable management. 
  • Educated Region: education and culture as a transformation engine. 
  • Industrial, Agro-industrial and Harbor Region: towards a new economic vocation. 
  • Accessible and Competitive Region: integrating Urabá to Colombia and the world. 
  • Socially Responsible Region: Partnerships for Inclusion and Equity 


All this framed in a Sustainable Land Management Strategy which seeks to ensure a harmony between the project components.

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GLOBALEvent Number: NE 6809/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Planning, Connecting, Financing Cities – Now!The World Bank and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - 22

The World Bank is committed to helping mayors, ministers, and key policymakers to address key challenges in their cities such as managing the city’s physical form, creating jobs, expanding the coverage and quality of basic services, and improving living conditions in slums and hazard-prone areas. As part of this effort, the WB recently published its “Planning, Connecting, and Financing Cities-Now!” report as a way to provide a useful tool for policymaking. The report highlights the importance of coordinated actions under three pillars – planning, connecting, and financing – and provides an outline for city leaders to guide decision-making by providing diagnostic tools to identify policy distortions and analyze investment priorities. The published framework is the result of an effort to distill the lessons from a series of diagnostics called “Urbanization Reviews” carried out in Brazil, China, Colombia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, and the Republic of Korea. The event’s agenda will also include a discussion on the preliminary findings from the ongoing Urbanization Reviews in Tunisia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mexico, Ghana, and Kenya. This component will provide a wider coverage across regions, urbanization, and income levels that will bring new perspectives to the debate and enrich the discussion.

See all WUF7 World Bank Events.

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SwedenEvent Number: NE 6909/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.How can one plus one make three?! Finding innovative solutions through the SymbioCity ApproachSKl International (affiliated with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions)
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 23

This networking event will explore how you can make more with less by turning challenges into concrete opportunities. It invites a broad base of stakeholders involved in urban development to discuss the potential for urban innovation through synergy effects. The discussion will be based on the SymbioCity Approach which helps cities in finding integrated solutions to urban development by strengthening synergies between urban systems. A city is more than its infrastructure, and a people-perspective creates the right conditions for a people-friendly city. The SymbioCity Approach also functions as a means of communication for local stakeholders in raising awareness and understanding of the key challenges facing the city and the assets the city can leverage in addressing them. From this perspective, the event will explore smart solutions and new ways forward with the goal of improved quality of life for all. Throughout the event, examples will be given from the successful implementation of the SymbioCity Approach in Africa, Asia and Europe, resulting in concrete recommendations for cities in addressing their urban future. To learn from each other, participants will be invited to contribute with their own experiences.

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AustriaEvent Number: NE 7009/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.ICT for good Governance and Equity Cities for Life - using new Technologies for Sustainable Urban DevelopmentFupol Project
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

The networking event will address an extremely innovative approach of citizen participation in policy decision making by using new technologies like social media. The session will inform participants about the use of new technologies like social media, hot topic sensing, electronic opinion maps and advanced analytics in the design of urban policies. The session will also include presentations from practical examples in Europe, Africa and US as well as a discussion on the opportunities and challenges. Input and short examples from participants are appreciated. The FUPOL project, which is organizing the workshop is interested in forming partnerships for further exploitation of the research results worldwide in new projects. Interested organizations and companies are very welcome.

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CanadaEvent Number: NE 7109/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Revitalizing Our Cities: Planning for Growth, Social Inclusion and SafetyCanada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

Canada is recognized as home to some of the most diverse, culturally inclusive, safe and liveable cities in the world. This interactive networking event will showcase successful strategies for planning city extensions and revitalizing older neighbourhoods in a sustainable and socially inclusive manner. In keeping with the vision of the Post-2015 Agenda, topics will include: sustainable design principles; affordable housing; urban revitalization; densification; mixed-use development; and safe, diverse and accessible neighbourhoods. The panel of Canadian and international experts will tackle the issue of how citizens, the private sector, government and NGOs can work together effectively, and will address funding issues. The highly visual presentation will include case studies from neighbourhoods in Canada’s major urban centres and cities in other countries. There will also be examples of Canadian experiences that have been adapted and implemented in other cities around the world. Panelists will demonstrate how the participatory planning approach works, and how it includes cultural, institutional and private sector stakeholders, as well as marginalized groups, minorities, youth and low-income populations. They will also share their perspectives on the successes as well as the obstacles surrounding the creation of more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable cities.

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BelgiumEvent Number: NE 7209/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Building Equitable and Resilient Cities – Join a Dialogue with FoundationsEuropean Foundation Centre - Funders’ Forum on Sustainable Cities
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

The Funders’ Forum on Sustainable Cities (FFSC) is a collaborative network committed to increasing foundations’ role and effectiveness in promoting inclusive growth in cities; tackling urban poverty, promoting equitable development and opportunities; strengthening local governance and participation in decision making. Foundations have the attributes and assets to support the processes, capacities and innovations, both at the local level and across geographic boundaries, that are essential to building a more equitable and sustainable urban future – and a track record of working with and convening diverse stakeholders to advance this agenda.

This networking event will showcase foundation approaches aimed at addressing urban inequalities, mobilizing citizen participation in urban decision making processes, and supporting coalition/movement-building on urban issues. It will seek to draw out key characteristics and value-addition of philanthropic investments in this area and create a space for joint exploration, with key stakeholders active on urban sustainability, on opportunities for new transformative partnerships.

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KenyaEvent Number: NE 7309/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Harnessing Youth Leadership for Reclaiming Women and Girl's Right to the CityActionaid International
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

The event “harnessing youth leadership for reclaiming "women’s and girl’s right to the city” will highlight the challenges young women face in urban areas and the role they play in transforming themselves to lead a life without fear and violence. This youth leadership development is part of Actionaid’s safe cities programme: “women’s right to the city,” which works in 12 countries to end violence against women and girls, particularly for individuals living in poverty, to increase access to public services and reshape the spatial and political design of cities to include the most marginalized communities. The central goal of this session will be to advocate for youth participation and leadership in urban programming, design and policy making. To support this message, young people from the slum communities and informal settlements we work in, and students from local universities, will be the key speakers for this event, representing crucial “city changers” for equitable and sustainable urban development. Another key purpose of this event will be to share innovative strategies and best practices on safe cities programmes to end sexual harassment and violence in public spaces. This session will raise voices of young people from Brazil, Liberia, Nepal and Bangladesh based on their experiences in the city and their efforts to end sexual harassment, violence, and exclusion from public spaces and services. The young people will discuss sub-themes including transportation, education and access to public services and how it impacts young women's and girl’s mobility, access to health care, livelihoods, recreation and participation in all the opportunities that an urban life has to offer. The youth representatives will also speak about their participation, leadership and achievements in the safe cities movement and how this work has changed their lives, communities and the cities at large. Uh habitat has been selected to chair this session and share their safe cities work.

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SpainEvent Number: NE 7409/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Equitable Metropolises: fixing spatial, social and economic inequalities through integrated governance, planning and developmentMetropolis, International Urban Development Association (INTA)
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

In a worldwide urbanization context, metropolitan systems are playing a more important role not only in terms of share of the total urbanized population, but also for their dynamic contribution to the economy, their capacity of fostering sustainable development in addressing inequities through a more balanced distribution of wealth and improved access to services, quality of life and opportunities. As inequalities increase parallel to uncontrolled urbanization, in particular in large metropolitan areas operating under complex governance arrangements, more attention is drawn to metropolitan governance mechanisms that can promote democratic and efficient development policies and management. Metropolis, INTA and UN-Habitat propose two dialogues to explore two sets of critical challenges: the first one aims to explore how metropolitan mechanisms can deliver more equity either between the municipalities composing the metropolitan system or between the inhabitants; the second one focuses on the metropolisation process of fast growing medium-size cities and how to articulate planning and development policies between different territorial scales.

For more information visit INTA or or Metropolis.org's website

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 7509/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Modeling of the MetropolisGoverno do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

The Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro was never subject to planning. Planning initiatives – the Agache Plan, Doxiadis Plan and others – have always focused on the city of Rio de Janeiro. The actions developed by the metropolitan organ, created by a federal decree in 1975 and abolished in 1989, did not offer territorial coverage of metropolitan nature.

The metropolis grew and expanded in the absence of a regulatory instrument, most by the operational capacity of its market forces, which invest where the return on capital is most attractive. Is it possible to re-model the metropolis?

Is it possible to direct its expansion, avoiding super high density located in some areas and little or none in other areas? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a policy of expansion or consolidation, or both simultaneously?

These are the questions that the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro aims to answer through the proposals embodied ​​in the Strategic Metropolitan Plan, an international bidding process with support from the World Bank.The Plan should propose a spatial model for the Metropolis and present the scenarios most likely to translate the configuration of the new metropolitan dynamics.

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MexicoEvent Number: NE 7609/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Construyendo ciudades más equitativas a través de un modelo compacto, policéntrico, dinámico y sustentable. Secretaria de Desarrollo Urbano y Vivienda, Gobierno del Distrito Federal
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

El proyecto de ciudad que persigue la Ciudad de México es el que construye equidad, consolidando la policentralidad, que ya es parte de la forma histórica y permite que en zonas compactas, la población pueda caminar de su casa al trabajo reduciendo los tiempos y número de traslados metropolitanos y fomentando la apropiación de los espacios públicos para generar una dinámica comunitaria, activa y segura. Para esto, las políticas y normatividad del ordenamiento del territorio tienen que incorporar dentro de su proceso de formulación e implementación nuevos mecanismos de participación y gestión del territorio. Es prioritario reorientar el desarrollo hacia un modelo articulado y compacto de alta conectividad haciendo eficientes los recursos de suelo, áreas naturales, infraestructura y servicios, condicionando nuevas opciones y oportunidades de vida urbana al alcance de todos los ciudadanos. Por lo anterior necesitamos identificar y priorizar acciones y programas públicos que favorezcan la diversidad y el acceso equitativo a vivienda, servicios, espacios públicos, cultura y ambientes naturales de manera equitativa; crear nuevas oportunidades de participación ciudadana y desarrollo urbano así como consolidar y crear nuevos espacios de integración y diversidad social.

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SpainEvent Number: NE 7709/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Fostering partnerships for professionalizing decentralized cooperation in urban planning and management: Experiences in Latin America and Africa, focusing on Mozambique and BrazilArquitectos Sin Fronteras - España // Architects Without Borders – Spain
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 8

What are the challenges in urban planning and management in African and Latin American cities? What opportunities are provided by instruments that cities develop to plan and manage their cities? Instruments such as: inclusive cadastre, participatory budgeting and land management plans. These are the main topics of this event whose objective is to share highlights of the decentralized cooperation experience between 14 cities in Brazil and Mozambique on urban planning and management with a focus on community participation, development and sustainability. The event is framed in a South-South and city-to-city cooperation project focused on technical exchange between cities. It is previewed in two blocks: firstly an introduction to the context and the project and then a discussion on the three tools centring the exchange between cities: participatory budgeting, inclusive cadastre and land management and strategic plans. The objective is to share lessons learned on the process of the cooperation, emphasize successes and challenges to overcome and discuss the tools in the context of Mozambique and Brazil.

For more information click here.

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Canada, ColombiaEvent Number: NE 7809/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Towards an InterAmerican Network on Metropolitan Planning and Development: M2m Exchange and the Promotion of Equitable Metropolitan RegionsCommunauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), Canada and Area Metropolitana Del Valle De Aburrá (Colombia)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

Although metropolitan areas face different challenges and obstacles for the effective implementation of metropolitan planning policy, the overall nature of those challenges and obstacles remains similar. Thus, common strategies towards a more integrated and inclusive model of metropolitan development could be enhanced through a collaborative and cooperative approach within an Inter-American Network of Metropolitan Areas.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 7909/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Strategic Planning in Metropolitan areas: a fundamental instrument for good governance. The North and Latin American cases.Emplasa ‐ Sao Paulo Company of Metropolitan Planning
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

The objective of the event is to talk about the relevance of strategic planning as a way of developing projects that present solutions aimed at ensuring urban equity in metropolitan development. In order to allow sustainable development, the metropolises must be prepared to induce bigger economic dynamism, by incorporating new strategies, so as to promote competitiveness in its territories, without creating a predatory competition in the urban system of its area of influence. To do so, it is essential to stimulate the integration and complementarity of the urban function among the cities, providing the distribution of basic public goods and services in an equal and universalized way. The planning should ensure redistributive actions, in order to guarantee territorial cohesion. In these terms, urban equity should be seen as a chance to face territorial cohesion with inclusive urbanization. Therefore, it is necessary to create a medium and long-term development planning, establishing clear goals and the forms of cooperation set with the government and the stakeholders.

View the event flyers:   Flyer 1   |   Flyer 2

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South AfricaEvent Number: NE 8009/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Emerging lessons from experiences in the development of national urban policies: Building cities that promote growth with equity Department of Cooperative Governance
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

Trends in developing countries suggest that urbanisation generates significant opportunities for economic growth and if properly planned and managed, could contribute to poverty reduction. This is, however, not a given, but depends on the extent to which policy initiatives consciously aim for equality and equity. The session will explore experiences from South Africa, Kenya and Ghana in the development of national urban policies. The three countries, which are at different levels of their urban policy processes, will share their journeys, ideas and strategies in developing policies and initiatives that promote urban equity. Broadly, the objective of the session is to share lessons and experiences for improving policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.

The session will focus on thematic areas such as urban infrastructure, strengthening rural-urban linkages and public participation processes to promote equity in cities. Through technical presentations and a panel discussion, it will bring together national government representatives and mayors from some of the biggest cities in Africa. The balance between national government (policy developers) and the local government (policy implementers) will ensure a balanced view of policy ideals and implementation reality.

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AustriaEvent Number: NE 8109/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Becoming Local Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Vienna University of Technology & AESOP Thematic Group for Public Space and Urban Cultures
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Yellow Pavilion - 12

The Association of European Schools of Planning’s Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures is an active network of urban professionals from various disciplines, cultures and countries committed to foster humanist accounts in urban planning, design and research with the goal of shaping inclusive public spaces. The umbrella topic "Becoming Local" (2013-2015) complements the group’s activities aimed at critically identifying, analysing and discussing current trends regarding public spaces. At WUF7, we aim at emphasizing an understanding of public space as places where basic human needs can be materially served (common good, collective infrastructures) and as a vehicle for practising urban equity (emerging urban cultures of fair resource redistribution and shared and solidary learning). Our work is rooted in low-threshold trans-disciplinary principles to integrate broader parts of urban societies. We seek to achieve this in three ways: a) by critically revisiting current educational curricula and institutions where future urban professionals are trained; b) by creating incentives for public spaces that would materially address silent human needs and c) by enhancing professionals’ skills in fair redistribution of spatial resources and the use of participatory tools and inclusive spatial strategies, along with reconsideration of their role as spatial agents of societal change.

For more information visit Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space's website. 

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FranceEvent Number: NE 8209/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Strengthening good governance to revitalize heritage citiesFrench Ministry of Culture
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

Heritage plays a vital social and cultural role, significantly impacting on the socio-economic development of the city and its surrounding territory. Drawing on the breadth and depth of our international experience, we propose a balance between innovation and preservation of Heritage in securing sustainable development for the benefit of the inhabitants.

3 objectives:
• Special attention shall be given to the historic centre, as a city is a living organism which forms sensitive cultural ecosystems to preserve and enhance, in order to build a better future for all.
• Equity in historic cities: in planning, in operational tools and in the provision of essential services, must be the core aim of all urban projects through appropriate development of economic activities and responsive local services.
• Strengthening good governance to revitalize historic cities, require a social and human approach based on close relations with the inhabitants, with urban and housing legislation serving to promote a process of dialogue based on a common language understood by all.

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NetherlandsEvent Number: NE 8309/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.IHS Alumni International Urban Professional Award CeremonyInstitute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)- Erasmus University
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Red Pavilion - Room 14

The IHS Alumni International (IHS AI) is a network of more than 8,000 urban professionals sharing the same roots at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University in Rotterdam. IHS AI proudly recognizes an exemplary city changer who in his/her professional life dedicates outstanding energy and interest in urban management and development making cities a better place to live in. The award recognizes the efforts of key actors in making the cities around the world work. It further aims to share knowledge and experiences in dealing with urban challenges as well as promote innovative approaches to solving urban challenges in different cities.

To learn more about the Urban Professional Award Ceremony, visit IHS's website.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 8409/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.“Housing- project of life”… Is it possible to change those socio-spatial inequalities?Apoyo Urbano
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Red Pavilion - Room 15

How to co-build public policies, municipal and metropolitan regulations by basing itself on a planning of the equity to access the accommodation by answering the socio-family aspiration of the most vulnerable populations in development of the economic resources as an answer to the reduction of poverty? The processes which try to reduce the urban poverty are questionable, just like these sustainable policies which allow equal access accommodation for the poorest. Especially when we consider that the equity also concerns the access to the “Housing-project of life” in the sense that accommodation is a product which integrates not only the need of a “roof” but also the socio-family aspiration and community strategies. It is suggested that a dialogue on how by offering a means of planning and of construction of public policies, the possibilities of reaching a housing product translate the life plans. Possible answers of local sustainable and united metropolitan policies will be presented and analysed, which will allow the transformation of precarious neighbourhoods into " attractive population centres territorially, economically and culturally " which are included and integrated.

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IsraelEvent Number: NE 8509/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Denser, family-friendly and socially inclusive citiesThe Urban Clinics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Red Pavilion - Room 16

How have two mid-sized Mediterranean cities managed to reverse urban decline and become attractive places for young families with children, despite a dense and aging urban environment where almost everyone lives in multi-family apartment buildings? This session examines the stories of the cities of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Holon, both in Israel, and aims to pull out lessons for other cities facing similar challenges.

Tel Aviv was one of the three finalists in the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Innovative Cities 2013’ (Medellin came first). Over the last twenty years it has transformed from an aging and shrinking city to a vibrant magnet for young families. Nearby Holon is known as ‘the city for children’, with creative investment in cultural institutions, education and the public realm. Both cities face challenges including remodeling older neighborhoods, retaining affordable housing, and ensuring that the cities provide opportunities to lower-income and diverse populations.

Speakers include city planners and architects instrumental to the transformation of these cities; Israel’s youngest parliamentarian and leader of the national social justice protest movement; and senior national planners. Following the local presentations, we will host a panel discussion with international experts who have visited these cities, and invite participants to share experiences from elsewhere.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 8609/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Citywide Slum Upgrading Programs: taking stock of practices, outcomes and innovations in scaled-up approaches to integrate slums into the formal cityHousing Network of Faculty of Architecture And Urbanism, Federal University of Rio De Janeiro - FAU/UFRJ, Brazil
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Red Pavilion - Room 17

This network event revisits contemporary experiences with citywide slum upgrading programs in different cities and countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. It provides an overview of different programs, their genesis, approaches, results and outcomes. It is a very practical-oriented event and draws on different experiences involving municipal governments, national and international NGO’s, Urban Poor Federations, Private Project Planning and Design Companies and International Funding Institutions reflecting a rich diversity in implementation modalities, planning arrangements, stakeholders participation and financing strategies.

Rather than only focusing on their success and achievements, the event strives to underline the most common impediments hindering cities to go to a program scale, preventing slum dwellers to actively participate in decision making; it highlights innovations and evidence-based approaches applied to different contexts. What worked well and why? What did not work and why? The cases presented are: the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP) and National Upgrade Support Programme (NUSP) of South Africa, and programme interventions in the city of Cape Town; the Favela Bairro Programme, the PAC-Favela Programme and the Morar Carioca Programe in Rio de Janeiro; Scaling Up Slum Upgrading in Uganda; and the regional experiences of the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

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EcuadorEvent Number: NE 8709/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Urban planning and Housing in Present-day Ecuador from the National Government’s PerspectiveMinistry of Urban Development and Housing
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Red Pavilion - Room 18

Since 2007, the Ecuadorian government has been undergoing a profound transformation process. The adoption of a new constitution and the restructuring of the public sector both mirror Ecuador’s new paradigm, sumak kawsay (the good living), which is derived from the kichwa worldview and implies an alternative development model. Accordingly, the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MIDUVI) is now endorsing a comprehensive urban development policy.

This Networking Event discusses the Ministry’s new vision and line of action, and presents its concrete interventions to counter housing shortage, urban sprawl and informal settlements at a national level. We address, amongst others, our accomplishments in terms of (I) capacity building of local governments to plan their land use, anticipate the development of their settlements and mobilize local financial resources, (II) social housing as a joint public-private enterprise and (III) specific integrated urban intervention projects, which contribute to sustainable development and increase citizen’s quality of life.

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GermanyEvent Number: NE 8809/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Inclusive urban governance – Experiences from the Global North and SouthEngagement Global / Service Agency Communities in One World
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Red Pavilion - Room 19

With the shift from local government to local governance, municipalities worldwide increasingly acknowledge the importance of involving multiple stakeholders in urban management processes. In Germany, many municipalities implement participatory budgeting and facilitate the involvement of civil society stakeholders into political decision making and management processes. On the European level, the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities constitutes an important reference document which aims to promote integrated urban development approaches and participatory methods in European cities. By the same token, citizen participation has a long tradition in many countries of the Global South. Cities in Latin America are cutting-edge in participatory budgeting and in other participatory approaches. In many African municipalities community-based approaches play an active role in local development planning. With the help of four concrete examples from four different world regions, the networking event aims to bring together municipal stakeholders in order to share their experiences with participatory approaches as well as to identify common challenges and success factors. The participants are encouraged to elaborate ideas on how the existing expertise could be used in international municipal cooperation schemes such as municipal partnerships

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UKEvent Number: NE 8909/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Mega events legacy: limits and opportunities for a more prosperous and equitable urban developmentOxford Institute for Sustainable Development - Oxford Brookes University
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Red Pavilion - Room 20

This proposal focuses on the urban legacy aspect of mega-events which has been rather under researched in comparison to impact. For urban researchers and policy makers the way these legacy ideas are made real and territorialised through master plans, the construction of venues and infrastructure, the restructuring of city quarters and the processes of urban governance- what some term the urban legacy- is of particular interest. Ever since Barcelona in 1992 there has been a sub- text of the urban transformations associated with mega-events being able to kick-start the economic and global fortunes of cities. But the IOC and FIFA, while keen to see legacy addressed, are not willing to define it. This means that legacy can emerge differently in different places depending on the interaction of local and global factors and are often contested. The key issues for us therefore are:

  • What do we mean by legacy?
  • How is legacy impacted by socio-economic requirements and priorities of host cities/countries?
  • How can legacy better incorporate aspirations and needs of different groups of citizens?
  • What are the processes for better achieving and territorializing legacy? 
  • How and why do legacies evolve and are re-made over time?

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UruguayEvent Number: NE 9009/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Presentation of the Latin-American network of Fair, Democratic and Sustainable CitiesRed Latinoamericana De Ciudades Justas,democràticas Y Sustentables (the Latin-American network of Fair, Democratic and Sustainable Cities)
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Red Pavilion - Room 21

The Latin American Network of Fair, Democratic and Sustainable Cities will present work completed in the framework of various initiatives, within three main themes:

  • Common Indicators Platform
  • Development of the Goals Plan at a continental level
  • The communicational politics and the relaunch of the Latin American Network.

Within this framework, the results of the common methods and implemented good practices will be presented. The Common Indicators Platform will be presented within the framework of the computing tool designed by the São Paulo Nossa Network for the Latin American Network. The achievements made within the Plan of Goals, implemented in the countries that make up the Latin American Network of Fair Cities, will be presented. Furthermore, the networking event aims to share information about the products of the Network, such as the online magazine Sustainable City, which is published bi-monthly as an initiative of the Paraguay Network, Nossa São Paulo Movement and  the Uruguayan Network of Sustainable Cities.

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VenezuelaEvent Number: NE 9109/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Equity and Productive Transformation Policies in Africa, Asia and Latin America: The role of citiesCAF Development Bank for Latin America and UN ESCAP
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Red Pavilion - Room 22

CAF-Development Bank for Latin America, UN Habitat (Nairobi, Africa), and UN ESCAP are working towards a research and capacity building project to enhance their engagement with cities and national governments on urban economy. The focus is promoting cities as drivers of inclusive and equitable economic growth and transformation. In the current global context and post-2015 debate, where job-rich and broad-based economic growth is high on the agenda, there is a strong move towards industrial policy to promote economic growth and transformation with governments and multilateral banks working decidedly on what is now called Productive Transformation Policies (PTP). Though this is a positive step, the urban link is not always well articulated, and equity and social issues are not well integrated. This networking event aims, through case studies, to highlight the critical role of cities as drivers of economic transformation, identify the key themes, underlying questions and gaps that require policy and research response for PTP to become an effective development strategy. The purpose is also to discuss potential ways and means of advancing collaborative research and knowledge sharing in this area beyond WUF.

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USAEvent Number: NE 9209/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Is Densification A Key Factor In Promoting Equity? The Role Of Urban Densification In Facilitating Social Inclusion And Counteracting Socio-spatial Divisions.Amherst College
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Red Pavilion - Room 23

The world urban forum 7 will focus on equity as the core topic at stake in cities around the world. In Latin America, Asia, and Africa, inequity takes the form of informal and illegal settlements accommodating up to 80 per cent of the urban population, who is deprived of the most basic urban services, such as water supply, drainage, personal and tenure security. In Europe and North America, changes since the early 1990s have caused mounting social fragmentation in many cities, which is reflected in problematic urban settlements patterns: poor households are often segregated in impoverished city neighborhoods and deprived of access services. Can urban densification (understood as an increasing number of people inhabiting a given urbanized area, with impacts on economics, health, culture, sustainability, and innovation) facilitate social inclusion and counteract socio-spatial divisions? an argument in favor of compact cities is that they are more socially sustainable, as they encourage an urban layout in favor of improved economic opportunities, efficient public transport system, opportunities for social interaction, and improved safety. This networking event will examine strategies to counterbalance the widening socio-spatial gap in cities. Experiences will include the promotion of partnerships, financial mechanism, improved access to services, and better local governance. The discussion will also cover experiences from fully planned to spontaneous initiatives towards densification and how they impact social inclusion. Case studies will come from different continents with a special focus on developing countries. The main outcome of the event will be to count with a series of lines of action and tools to help advise cities on how to address the issue of segregation and socio spatial division.

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CameroonEvent Number: NE 9310/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Scaling the Participatory Budgeting in the world for urban equity in development and local fiscal systemASSOAL (Association des Amoureux du Livres)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

The idea of organizing this event from the network will share tools and approaches to promote participatory budget to contribute to scaling in the world and to improve equity development and local governance of our cities for life. As approaches, stakeholders will focus on:

  • The laws and regulations of the Participatory Budget (institutionalization)
  • The use of Information Technology and Communication in the BP (improving participation, transparency and visibility of BP)
  • University education (improving youth citizenship, extension of democratic culture where students, developing a pool of expertise on BP) 


This networking event by presenting the experiences of the three components cited above, we see how the institutionalization of participatory budget not only requires all elected officials but requires them to provide a portion of their budget to development activities fair, we cases illustrate this with the example of the Dominican Republic, Italy, poland and Peru. The use of Information and Communication Technologies develops an approach to smart growth with applications for participation, voting priorities, satisfaction surveys, a budget transparency and accountability of the mapping account. In this regard an example of Cameroon and DRC will be present. The desire to have cities for life will be realized with the change mentalities of populations and governments, the improvement of citizenship and participation in development work requires work to the basic level of education. Cases will be taken in Portugal, DRC, Cameroon and Spain

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 9410/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Inclusive Cities: Can Amenities Help?Departamento Nacional de Planeación (DNP)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

Spatial exclusion can be a result of intra-urban inequalities between districts/neighborhoods in terms of access to land and housing, infrastructure, basic services, and public amenities. Some areas feature significant infrastructure, well-kept parks, gardens and up-market residential areas. In contrast, other areas are characterized by severe deprivation, inadequate housing, deficient public services, poor recreation and cultural facilities, urban decay, and scarce capital expenditures.

The objective of this Networking Event is to present a key message about "Inclusive cities and Amenities". The methodology of the event is a presentation of papers and a moderated discussion with international experts and city mayors on the role that amenities can play to promote inclusive cities.

The target audience is city officials, policy makers of national, regional and local level and the general public who are interested in learning what cities can do to promote inclusiveness – apart from the traditional approaches of increasing access to infrastructure and public services and/or securing land tenure.

For more information visit DNP's website. 

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ChileEvent Number: NE 9510/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Densification and public transport: challenges for better urban design and integrated city planningChilean Chamber of Construction
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

The event organized by the Chilean Chamber of Construction will be expected to reflect on the topic of “Densification and public transport: challenges for better urban design and integrated city planning”; a subject derived from a study of the potential of land use intensification around Metro stations in Santiago of Chile, which was conducted by the CCHC in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. This session will have a particular emphasis on how to integrate public transport investment with land use patterns that promote a more affordable housing supply in well-connected areas within large and medium scale cities. We aim to encourage institutions, governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to engage in a dialogue on how take actions for promoting institutional coordination, spatial planning tools and to deliver a better built environment in terms of efficiency, quality and equity. With this in mind, the Networking Event seeks to share experiences and achievements from different countries as well as to identify barriers for policy makers and the private sector both for legislative and financial mechanisms in order to promote more compact, connected and integrated urban areas.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 9610/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Inequality and the dilemma of the right to the city versus territorial sustainability: two sides of the same coinRed Colombiana de Ciudades Cómo Vamos
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

The large cities in the world, especially those settled in developing countries, face two huge challenges in the XXI century: promoting sustainable urban development, understood as development that encourages quality of life without degrading environmental conditions in the city and surroundings; and the overcoming of poverty and exclusion conditions of the population. Keeping in mind that several cities in Colombia have historically been considered, both in the national and international context, as very unequal ones, the event aims to show the main challenges facing these cities, in terms of access to goods and services, and in terms of the perception of the people about the main conditions of such access, at both an individual and a collective level. It is made possible by monitoring on these issues in Colombia carried out by initiatives like “Cómo Vamos”.

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GermanyEvent Number: NE 9710/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Urban Equity through Inclusive MobilityKfw Development Bank
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

Equitable and livable cities are those which are able not only to satisfy the basic needs of their citizens (regardless of income and status), but to provide an environment that makes living there attractive and that induces private investment. Sustainable and inclusive mobility plays a decisive role: It provides access to employment and services for all citizens, while avoiding negative impacts on the environment, health and overall quality of life. It is closely linked with aspects of urban and land-use planning. Urban form determines number and length of journeys as well as the modes in which they can be taken. In turn, mobility planning is one of the most important factors that determine future urban form. For businesses, a sound urban transport system for employees, clients and goods is an important location factor. For all citizens, young and old, mobility must be accessible, safe, and affordable.

The networking event “Urban equity through inclusive mobility” aims to outline how much mobility influences urban equity and livability, and what cities have done to improve these. Panelists will illustrate different measures taken to advance inclusive urban mobility. The presentations include the views of the City of Munich, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Latin-American Development Bank and civil-society.

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HaitiEvent Number: NE 9810/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Using Cost-Effective Technology to Foster Resiliency: the Case for RetrofittingBuild Change
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

Retrofitting, or structural strengthening, is a cost-effective measure that can quickly increase the stock of safe housing in both pre- and post-disaster settings. In informal urban neighborhoods that are vulnerable to earthquakes, hurricanes or other natural disasters, retrofitting is a valuable disaster risk reduction tool that allows homeowners to safely upgrade their houses. It also has a multiplier effect, as retrofitting uses existing, culturally preferred construction systems, including local labor and materials. In post-disaster settings, retrofitting is a fast and economical alternative to new housing construction, and provides a way to address existing but damaged structures that are salvageable but unfit for occupation in their current condition.

Retrofitting programs encourage sustainable urban development, in fact their success hinges on the use of local know-how and resources. The most successful retrofit programs also provide training for local builders, engineers, homeowners and government stakeholders, fostering a permanent change to disaster-resistant construction practices.

This event will gather best practices and lessons learned from retrofitting programs in informal urban neighborhoods, and discuss how retrofitting programs can be scaled to foster resiliency to natural disasters. It will provide a roadmap for launching a retrofit program, including project development, implementation, financing models and local capacity building.

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UKEvent Number: NE 9910/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Just Urban Futures: Dialogues Between Resilience And Environmental JusticeThe Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

In the face of escalating concerns over climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion, cities and urban citizens are increasingly expected to become resilient to environmental change. However, scholars and practitioners are beginning to question whether this drive towards greater resilience actually undermines or enhances peoples’ environmental justice. Is it possible to achieve both resilient and more equitable and sustainable urban futures? The event will explore the ways in which urban planned interventions sensitive to spatial justice can contribute to reconfiguring notions of resilience towards more just outcomes; and how notions of city-wide resilience can help shape more sustainable and just planned interventions in space. This session, organised by The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London, is one of the events planned to celebrate the DPU’s 60 Anniversary. It will bring together representatives of community groups, policy shapers and academics working across the urban Global South.

Speakers include: Huraera Jabeen (Population Council, New York/BRAC, Bangladesh), Mtafu Manda (Research/consultant, Malawi), Sok Lida (Sahmakum Teang Tnaut, Cambodia), Liliana Miranda (Foro Ciudades para la Vida, Peru), Andrea Lampis (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and Adriana Allen (DPU, UK). Barbara Lipietz (DPU, UK) and Liza Griffin (DPU, UK) will be discussants. Caren Levy (DPU, UK) will chair the session.

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USAEvent Number: NE 10010/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Addressing Urban Environmental Risk in Latin AmericaLincoln Institute of Land Policy
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 8

Climate change will continue to exacerbate risk to vulnerable low-income urban dwellers in precarious locations subject to flooding, landslide, and other natural hazards. Urban resilience requires adaptation to increasingly dangerous conditions, either through flood-proofing/slope stabilization or retreat from flood/landslide hazard areas. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has over several years commissioned research and brought together researchers to discuss findings on integrated urban/environmental approaches to dealing with environmental risk in Latin America. Countries studied in our current research portfolio include: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Research has focused on a number of substantive areas including: settlements in gully areas, river basin and delta planning, reducing flood risk, indices to measure climate adaptation, and the special challenges of informality and environmental risk. For this networking event, we will bring to Medellin principal investigators from among our current research fellows to present key findings, followed by a discussion with researchers and practitioners who deal with environmental risk in Latin America and elsewhere.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 10110/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Building Sustainable, Solidary and Democratic Metropolises: Progress and ChallengesFALP Network – World Forum of Peripheral Local Authorities and Canoas City Hall
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

The activity “Building Sustainable, Solidary and Democratic Metropolises: Progress and Challenges” has the objective to hold a meeting with local authorities from around the world to discuss political local practices that seeks to build more human, fair, democratic, solidary and sustainable metropolitan regions. The activity intends to present the work of FALP Network and articulate the partnership with local governments and international cooperation’s network in the framework of WUF 7, with focus in the international solidarity between cities and metropolitan regions around the world.

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CanadaEvent Number: NE 10210/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Planning Resilient Cities and CommunitiesQuebec Department of International Relations – Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

Cities around the world are facing pressures related to urban growth, aging infrastructure, population diversity, loss of green space, increase poverty, and threats related to natural events that can cause economic disruption and threats to people and livelihoods. This networking session will showcase examples of policies, strategies and initiatives that are adaptable to various scales and contexts so that local governments, planners, communities, and citizens put a special emphasis on planning more sustainable, social inclusive communities cities.

The key objective will demonstrate how public policies and participatory community planning processes can help to build a vision of more sustainable resilient cities, raise awareness of key stresses and challenges, and increase capacity to adapt and respond to new urban realities. Consistent with the direction of the Post 2015 Development Agenda, this networking session adopts an integrated approach to the issues facing cities and the various dimensions of urban development, including social, economic, environmental considerations.

Panelists will share their experiences in designing adaptable resilient communities, infrastructure, transportation and public transit systems, and natural spaces, so as to mitigate threats to the functioning of the city and to local economies. Panelists will provide their insights as to how these urban experiences might be adapted and implemented in other cities around the world and/or they will showcase how integrated partnerships between countries, government and civil society, the private sector, and non-governmental and community based organizations can help achieve effective results.

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GermanyEvent Number: NE 10310/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.How NAMAs Contribute To Sustainable Urban DevelopmentGerman Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

Cities all over the world are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, with the energy, transport and waste sectors accounting for a large share of these emissions. Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) can support the transformation towards sustainable cities. NAMAs not only contribute to global climate change mitigation but also lead to tangible benefits at city level: less congestion, improved air quality, cost savings and impulses to economic development and thus to an improved quality of life in cities. The event will focus on the following questions: How can NAMAs help to induce a transformational shift towards low carbon cities? What are major challenges and best practices regarding city level NAMAs? Which stakeholders should be included and what is their role? What is the role of South-South learning? The event will start with a short introduction by a high-level representative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and Construction (BMUB. Representatives from authorities at national and city level, representatives of city networks, private stakeholders and international organizations will then discuss and share experiences with subnational involvement in NAMA development (vertically integrated NAMAs) considering different sectors, including transport and energy efficiency in buildings and waste.

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PhilippinesEvent Number: NE 10410/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Linking cities to financing: Realizing low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure investmentsCities Development Initiative for Asia
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 12

Cities offer a unique opportunity to tackle climate change. The good news is that city leaders are not waiting for international agreements to take action but that many cities in the developing world are already keen to take a climate-smart development path.

This session will review the various tools and support mechanisms available for cities which aspire to become low-carbon and resilient cities.

The session will focus on two areas: planning and financing. While planning starts with building greenhouse gas inventories and vulnerability assessments the process has to lead to identifying infrastructure investments for which financing can be secured.

Financing has to consider how to make current investments more climate resilient but also look at new funding sources available. An important element to increase financing will be to improve credit worthiness of cities as this will help private sector participation in financing low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure. The speakers, including ICLEI, World Bank, UN-Habitat, Cities Development Initiative for Asia and Rockefeller Foundation, will review the options for financing liveable and resilient cities using climate change financing.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 10510/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Corridors of Development: Using BRT and TOD to Leverage Economic Development and EquityInstitute for Applied Economic Research – IPEA and and ITDP
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

This session, promoted by IPEA and ITDP, will focus on how transit-oriented development (TOD) can integrate transport and land use to promote equity. TOD is based on sustainable transport that is safe, clean, and affordable and connects people to jobs, health, education, cultural resources, and recreation. Recent research shows that high quality bus rapid transit (BRT) spurs TOD at a lower cost than rail investments and can thus quickly expand the provision of TOD to more areas, bringing down the cost of sustainable urbanization, freeing up investment for improved public and non-motorized transportation, housing, and other services. The event will be composed of six key presenters and two key respondents, and will open up for discussion. The presentations will focus on: the TOD Standard which seeks to define what is good TOD using key principles; how good quality BRT can be the most cost effective means of leveraging economic development and yet how transit alone cannot bring about this change; and an analysis of Brazil`s governments transit investments from the perspective of the TOD Standard. Three cities’ cases will also be presented: Cleveland, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

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CanadaEvent Number: NE 10610/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Equity and Equality Opportunities – Cities Think UndergroundAssociated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS)
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Red Pavilion - Room 14

As urban space became a scarce commodity, urban developers, planners and architects are finding room for urban expansion downward, using the subsurface space as an urban canvas. Unfortunately, past practices left behind a legacy of individual achievements alongside with an overall congestion brought by the uncontrolled invasion of pipes in the subsoil of many major cities. It is in response to these last effects that the need is felt worldwide of rationally planning the urban underground expansion. Underground cities, tunnels, subways and public utilities can only be built safely and at reasonable cost if based on scientific knowledge and understanding of the subsurface, within an adequate legal national property framework. The ACUUS aims at sharing amongst various stakeholders the questions and answers of “Why to”, the “Where to”, the “When to” as well as the “impact of”, instead of only focusing on the “How to” when it is time to develop in the underground space. This networking event will be an occasion to expose the struggles of cities and megalopolises, their advances in developing concepts of sustainability in an orderly underground space development, and to present some of the best practices through dialogue between experts, city leaders and stakeholders.

For more information visit ACUUS's website.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 10710/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Reducción De La Desigualdad Social A Través De Un Modelo Basado En El Ahorro Para La Adquisición De Una Vivienda Digna, Que Construye SociedadFondo Nacional Del Ahorro
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Red Pavilion - Room 15

President Santos included in his National Development Plan “Prosperity for everyone”, Housing and Friendly Cities, which has 5 components as well as the commitment to ensure that every Colombian citizen has the right to a proper house.

The Fondo Nacional del Ahorro designed a new model to acquire houses that seeks to reduce the social imbalance and the housing deficit through a model based on saving to acquire a proper and worthy home.

This model has a great impact in building a more inclusive society that contributes to decrease the social breach that exists nowadays in our country. This is achieved through the products which are financial and based on the savings index and the correct definition of minimum requirements that the housing projects need in this model to achieve a plus value equilibrium of the mortgage business, achieving closure for the renter.

The model proposed by the FNA, seeks to ensure the appropriate environment to provide a better life quality through the social part of the project for developing principles, values and proper society models you can live on.

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NetherlandsEvent Number: NE 10810/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Productive Territories: Urbanism as a Tool for Promoting Social Mobility and EquityUrbanism and the Informal City Research Cluster, Architectural Association School of Architecture London
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Red Pavilion - Room 16

As more and more people around the world live in urban poverty, and as the gap between the economically mobile and the disadvantaged increases, urban design is inextricably linked with the distribution of economic resources and civic services. The event will focus on the role of urbanism and design in promoting social mobility and equity, and will explore design strategies, spatial tools, urban infrastructure, housing design and policy, the impact of new digital technologies, urban management strategies, transparent institutions and systems of governance as vehicles for enabling inclusive and productive cities. The event will bring together leading urbanists, developers, designers, academics, policy makers, research institutions and the public from around the world to discuss the potential for urbanism, as an integrated spatial practice, to enhance productivity and promote social and economic mobility.

For more information, visit Productive Territories and Urban Projects Bureau.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 10910/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Tackling climate change and poverty in cities - emerging lessons from CDKN's experienceClimate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
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Red Pavilion - Room 17

This event aims to share knowledge on what cities throughout the world are doing in terms of poverty alleviation, building resilience and tackling climate change. Rethinking and building “Cities for Life” means long-term planning where climate change is taken into account. On the one hand, cities need to cope with a changing and more aggressive climate that mainly affects vulnerable people thus increasing poverty and inequality. On the other hand, cities are key to the solution of increasing GHG emissions, especially when development goals and poverty reduction are used as arguments to disregard mitigation commitments.

The Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) aims to help decision-makers in developing countries design and deliver climate compatible development. Many lessons have emerged from CDKN’s global work and in 74 developing countries. Different approaches have been developed to mitigate and manage climate change, while simultaneously achieving objectives of poverty reduction and human development. The panelists will show why not taking into account climate change now leads to poor planning and bigger disasters in the future. The audience will understand the link between poverty and climate change in an urban context and learn good practices, successful activities and practical tools that have been identified.

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Cuba, Ecuador, NicaraguaEvent Number: NE 11010/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Technologies to Produce and Build Solid, Affordable and Durable Structures for Fast Disaster Response, Social Housing and Slum Upgrading, Saving on Cement and aggregates to lower the Environmental ImpactEcoSur, the Network for the Ecological and Economical Habitat
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Red Pavilion - Room 18

Technologies to Produce and Build Solid, Affordable and Durable Structures for Fast Disaster Response, Social Housing and Slum Upgrading, Saving on Cement and aggregates to lower the Environmental Impact” The presentation is directed at decision makers in social housing programs who are looking for durable, economical and formal solutions. The technologies presented are with cement based concrete, minimizing its consumption and maximizing quality in the product. Ferrocement panels are an option for fast assembly of housing without the need of mechanical equipment, they are preferred in situations where time is essential, specifically in post-disaster situations. The micro concrete tiles are an elegant alternative roof cladding for light roofs, with high resistance to hurricanes. Both technologies are produced in small workshops with a minimum of equipment and with a work force with just basic qualifications. They can be established quickly after a disaster. Reference will be made to investigations and applications of alternative cements on the base of lime-puzzolana and the partial substitution of klinker by metacaolin. The EcoSur network counts on decades of experience with those technologies in several countries of Latin America, Asia and Africa.

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USAEvent Number: NE 11110/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Disaster Insurance for All: Microfinance for Equitable Risk Reduction in CitiesHarvard Humanitarian Initiative
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Red Pavilion - Room 19

Although insurance as a form of risk transfer is considered part of disaster management, the urban poor, underserved by financial institutions and their products, are absent from disaster insurance programs. In this absence, households employ traditional coping mechanism in times of crisis, which often involve dramatic increases in high-interest debt and the sale of assets. Simple and viable insurance options are still not available to the poor due to lack of product innovation. The concept of Afat Vimo (disaster insurance) arose during community consultations by All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI). The Afat Vimo product was first piloted in April 2004 covering 3700 policy holders in Gujarat and later on extended to 2004 Tsunami victims in Tamil Nadu and 2007-08 Floods affected victims in Bihar.

This networking event plans to address the following objectives:

  • To present the microfinance disaster insurance program for the urban poor from the recent piloting in Indian cities
  • To bring together experts and stakeholders to discuss how the product can be improved and adapted to other cities and for other types of risk while meeting the needs of the urban poor 
  • To develop a network of individuals and institutions to further advance this concept

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MexicoEvent Number: NE 11210/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Coordinating Federal Investments to Incentivize Sustainable and Inclusive Housing: Lessons and Challenges from MéxicoMinistry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU), Mexico
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Red Pavilion - Room 20

In 2013, the Mexican Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Devleopment (SEDATU) was created to foster a coordinated approach to urban growth. SEDATU brings the nation's urban and housing agencies under single leadership, and it helps strengthen coordination among federal, state and local governments to promote sustainable urban development. This Ministry was created to retake the role of Federal Government in the development and planning of Mexican Cities and regions in coordination with experts and local governments. 

This discussion panel will present the programs for housing subsidies and the efforts of SEDATU to coordinate federal investments to incentivize sustainable urban development and a new housing planning approach. This innovative strategy offers actions to accomplish federal commitments in terms of high densities and better quality of life and urban development creating compact, connected, liveable and sustainable cities. This effort stimulates an analysis to implement a new public policy in terms of urban development and housing. 

Representatives from Mexican national government, international academies and multilateral banks will highlight key lessons and challenges resulted from these efforts. A panel discussion will be followed by an open exchange with participants to share insights and identify emerging challenges and opportunities. 


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FranceEvent Number: NE 11310/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.In-situ upgrading of precarious settlements: a sustainable solution?Gret and the AFD (Agence Française de Développement)
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Red Pavilion - Room 21

The spread of precarious settlements in cities in the South calls for rapid and effective responses by all involved, especially public authorities. Between evictions with no rehousing, which often lead to displacing the problem at best and integral restructuring operations, contributing to gentrification processes, in-situ upgrading operations provide a well-balanced response. This approach can, under certain conditions, help with: poverty alleviation, improved access to essential services and accessibility, natural and man-made hazard risk management, job creation, land tenure security, population stability, better housing, and ultimately the development of settlements integrated into the urban territory. However, these operations face many technical, ideological and political obstacles. Thus, how and why opt for in-situ upgrading approaches? How are the operations conducted and how well do they stand up (or not) to re-orientations and changes during their often lengthy implementation? What is their social, economic and environmental impact, on access to rights and citizenship, on other settlements and on the territory as a whole? The French NGO, GRET, and the Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency) give the opportunity to actors with diverse points of view to debate and share their experience and conclusions followed by an open discussion with the audience.

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USAEvent Number: NE 11410/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Global Housing Indicators (GHI) Working Group Launch Event: Policy Knowledge and Empirical Data to Promote Equitable, Affordable, Sustainable, and Resilient Housing and Community DevelopmentGlobal Urban Development (GUD)
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Red Pavilion - Room 22

This Networking Event will formally launch the Global Housing Indicators (GHI) Working Group, inviting individuals and organizations attending the event to officially join the group. Current GHI members include: Cities Alliance, Global Urban Development, Habitat for Humanity International, Inter-American Development Bank, International Housing Coalition, Rockefeller Foundation, UN-Habitat, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, World Bank, and several other organizations. Various speakers at this event will address the potential value of housing indicators for improving both policy knowledge and empirical data in order to help promote equitable, affordable, sustainable, and resilient housing and community development worldwide. This event will involve considerable audience participation and discussion.

For more information visit Global Housing Indicators's website.

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ChinaEvent Number: NE 11510/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Principles and Practices of Low-carbon Urban DesignEnergy Foundation
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Red Pavilion - Room 23

China is going through its fastest urbanization in human history, and it is expected that the urban population will reach over 1 billion in 2030. Facing serious environmental and climate change challenges, China is at an intersection in deciding the right urban development pattern that minimizes environmental and ecologic impacts and creates social and economic vibrancy at the same time.

This session will bring together both international experts and Chinese domestic practitioners in discussing the principles and practices that would lead Chinese urban development to a sustainable pathway. The presentations include a general discussion on the common principles for sustainable urban development, and their application in China, especially in urban planning and design and urban transportation sectors. Presenters include: (1) the Energy Foundation China who are actively helping about ten Chinese cities in developing their new towns and retrofitting; (2) the World Resource Institute (WRI) who are deeply involved in China’s urban transportation system reform; (3) UN-Habitat who are working in Chinese eco-city development, and (4) local practitioners from various Chinese cities who are conducting on the ground work in urban development. The topics will cover urban planning and design principles, techniques, and the adaptation of the principals into Chinese urban development systems.

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FranceEvent Number: NE 11610/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Identifying Conditions for a Fair Access to Basic ServicesThe French Institute for Public Private Partnerships (IGD)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

Fundamental to the daily lives of citizens, basic services play a key role in economic and social cohesion, the development of territories and the improvement of living in the city.

Local authorities, which are in the foreground facing the population to which they are accountable, must provide comprehensive and coherent responses. Nevertheless, local authorities are sometimes insufficiently prepared and experienced to deal with those issues. The lack of institutional capacity, organizational, technical or financial means which affect local authorities, may weaken their ability to meet these challenges.

For these purposes, stakeholders must find their rightful place in a balanced partnership and contribute to the development of better-planned and better-managed services. These services need to be equitable and efficient in order to ensure quality, at the lowest cost for the entire population, including the poor. By bringing together Northern and Southern local authorities, as well as local public management actors, this meeting aims at identifying the conditions to make cities a better place to live, at the benefit of the greatest number of people.

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UgandaEvent Number: NE 11710/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Cities and Climate Change: Emerging Knowledge for Equitable DevelopmentMakerere University
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

This networking event will focus on sharing emerging knowledge and wisdom regarding how cities are tackling climate change mitigation and adaptation. The event will showcase city initiatives and experiences regarding mitigation and adaptation strategies as well as disaster risk management. The event will build on the knowledge emerging from UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative around the world including some from Africa such as Kampala, Bobo Dilassou, Esmeraldas and Maputo.

Emerging lessons include some cities on the forefront of mitigation efforts despite being low emitters. Cities also have a pivotal role in adaptive strategies that link with development. This event will share knowledge from the CCCI partner cities and enable participants from other cities to exchange lessons regarding adaptation and mitigation strategies. This knowledge sharing is organised under the auspices of the HUNI climate change Hub coordinated at Makerere University in Uganda in collaboration with HUNI universities of NTNU and University of Twente. The event will involve interactive presentations, posters and banners as well as a panel discussion on the lessons learnt in tackling climate change effects while pursuing inclusive urban development.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 11810/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Actors and Power Relations in the Participating Budget of Envigado MunicipalityAlcaldía de Envigado
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

The Participating Budget is a Government initiative coming from the 2005 Local System Planning. The Mayoralty has given it continuity, for it constitutes a tool for improving efficiency, efficacy, and transparency of Public performance and Citizen participation. Such participation has allowed the building of the public and of the territorial knowledge, leadership recognizance, and definition of strategies for development. Challenges are still extant facing the relations between the State and the community, the latter being built from a plurality of meanings and senses, depending of a conscious acknowledgement and a shared intentionality. All of the above makes possible the present qualitative research, and its purpose is to give an account of the reality of the communities and their territory, in terms of Participative Planning, contributing with data that strengthens the co-managerial capacity of the actors involved in this policy, in order to promote reflection and the political debate concerning the relationships of the actors, spaces, tools, and instances of participating budget, potentiate the successes, overcome and counteract difficulties and limitations, and define strategies that help guaranteeing an actual support to this policy.

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NicaraguaEvent Number: NE 11910/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Public-Private Partnership to support progressive housing in NicaraguaFundación Para La Promoción De Desarrollo Local ‐ Prodel
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

Much of Nicaragua's population lives in poverty and extreme poverty, without access to adequate housing, basic services and secure tenure of property. Since 2011 to today, the Government of Nicaragua and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have driven the Housing Program and Habitat Integral Improvement, which focuses on the concepts of the production of safe housing, housing progressive, citizen participation, equity, inclusion, and shared responsibility between the public and private sector. The event will present the experience gained in the first two years of implementation of the Program and will be conducted by the panel structured by representatives of the Institute of Urban and Rural Housing in Nicaragua, the Inter-American Development Bank, Municipal Mayors, Microfinance Institutions, the Foundation for the Promotion of Local Development - PRODEL - and Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua as suppliers of specialized technical assistance service for construction. Speakers will aim to share lessons learned and to show the benefits for poor families to have financial support and specialized technical services for housing production, highlighting the importance of the comprehensiveness in the responses and the positive impact of coordinated work between the different actors.

For more information visit PRODEL's website.

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ItalyEvent Number: NE 12010/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Global Human Settlement Mapping and the territorial dimensions of urban equityEuropean Commission
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

Reducing poverty often requires different policies in rural areas than in urban areas. To learn how other countries address poverty, it useful if countries use the same methodology to identify these of areas. That is why this event will highlight a new territorial definition, called the degree of urbanisation, which is likely to be included in UN 2020 census recommendations. This definition distinguishes three degrees: large urban areas, small urban areas and rural areas. It can easily be applied using a population grid created with the help of the Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL). This layer is based on scale-independent, sensor-independent, automatic information extraction technology, providing high-resolution information on human settlements worldwide. This information can also be used in urban and regional planning, or in population geo-referencing, especially in the context of disaster risk management, including a wide range of environmental management applications. This networking event will present the global human settlement layer, its application in Europe and its potential use in Colombia. It will explain the new degree of urbanisation and what it can teach us about the territorial dimension of poverty in Europe. The event will also highlight the analysis of the OECD and UN-Habitat on how to address poverty in urban and rural areas.

Panelists: Matina Halkia (Joint Research Centre, European Commission), Corinne Hermant de Callatay (Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission), Diego Silva Ardila (DANE, Colombia), Ellen Hamilton (World Bank), Gora Mboup (UN-Habitat), Aseem Inam (The New School, NY, USA)

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GlobalEvent Number: NE 12110/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.The CCAC MSW initiative - Fostering partnerships, political will and technical capacity to reduce short-lived climate pollutants from municipal waste managementThe Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, Municipal solid waste initiative
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) initiative will host an event that will bring cities, regional and national governments, the private sector, and initiative partners together to strengthen lasting international and local action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) from the municipal solid waste sector. The event aims to enhance better understanding of the CCAC MSW initiative and foster city-to-city knowledge sharing.

Participating cities in the initiative will show how the CCAC MSW initiative enables them to move along the waste hierarchy in order to address SLCP emissions from the municipal solid waste sector and foster partnerships, political will, and technical capacity. Cities and countries will share their experiences and success stories of transitioning to more sustainable waste management options. CCAC MSW initiative partners will share information on policies and strategies of best practice integrated solid waste management that reduce emissions, improve health and create local job opportunities.

The CCAC is a voluntary, collaborative global partnership uniting governments, intergovernmental organisations, the private sector, and civil society to reduce SLCPs.

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CanadaEvent Number: NE 12210/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Forging Partnerships in Planning for Healthy CommunitiesCanadian Institute of Planners
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

Planning and health are inextricably linked. The challenges facing today’s cities are chronic disease, skyrocketing health care costs, and a host of physical and mental health issues related to the built environments that we create.

“Healthy Communities” is emerging as a dominant public policy and research focus in Canada and around the world. In early 2010, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) joined with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to mobilize planning professionals, conduct and disseminate useful research, and guide changes to planning practices to effect positive health outcomes. The Canadian Institute of Planners has focused its healthy communities research and policy on the following themes: 1) Active Transportation, 2) Active Living for Children & Youth, and 3) Health Equity through Community Design.

On a worldwide scale, several of the Millennium Development Goals have a direct bearing on health outcomes, and health remains a critical, central factor in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The networking session will be a key opportunity to share best practices in planning for healthy urban populations, and to show that success is possible through collaborative planning efforts.

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USAEvent Number: NE 12310/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.New Frontiers in Productive Inclusive Cities: A Multi-City Networking EventThe New School
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 8

New forms of productive / inclusive economic activity appear in many cities as global economic crises become more frequent. A rich landscape of opportunity arises from technological innovation, increased information flows, entrepreneurialism, community organizations, and income-earning opportunities led by a range of new participants -youth, minorities, social entrepreneurs, etc. The rapid growth of the knowledge economy along with community and collaborative initiatives, and an increased ease of financial transactions, demonstrates that traditional understandings of infrastructure, participation, and productivity should be redefined.

This event is part of an ongoing collaboration between The New School in New York, the University of Buenos Aires, and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Multidisciplinary research conducted by these universities’ programs in design and development indicates great depth in the new forms of inclusive economic activity.

In New York, an enormous number of start-up enterprises beginning in Silicon Alley are now flooding neighborhoods from Brooklyn to Manhattan. In the last decade, New York replaced Boston as the second most innovative site of America’s economy. The maker culture phenomenon, for example, has exploded innovation and the reimagining of products in response to emerging technologies. In Buenos Aires, the social enterprise and design explosion dates back to the 2001-2002 economic crisis, when more than 2 million people were involved in the “barter economy” following devaluation and loss of employment. Small design and technology firms, mostly led by people under 30, generate new goods and services, jobs and incomes. In Bangkok, creative enterprises flourished in the wake of the 1997 East Asian financial crisis and in resistance to growing economic pressure from China. Young Thai entrepreneurs have begun to bring together technology, design, and knowledge of local and international markets to produce new goods and services.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 12410/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Proyecto para la construcción de ciudades y entornos saludables en ColombiaMinisterio de Salud y Protección Social de Colombia
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

Se trata de implementar una estrategia que permita el diseño, construcción e implementación de ciudades y entornos saludables en el país a mediano y largo plazo, partiendo de los siguientes instrumentos: la experiencia internacional aportada por el desarrollo de las ciudades saludables en el mundo; la norma jurídica colombiana denominada Plan de Ordenamiento Territorial; el diagnóstico territorial; la morbimortalidad territorial; el "marketing social" que permita la apropiación por parte del ciudadano al tema de las ciudades y entornos saludables; el Plan Decenal de Salud 2012-2021; el Plan Territorial de Salud y el Plan de Desarrollo territorial. En lo relacionado con la experiencia internacional se parte de las principales recomendaciones que hace sobre el tema la Organización Mundial de la Salud: acuerdos políticos de las administraciones públicas; promoción y prevención de la salud; medio ambiente; participación ciudadana y financiamiento adecuado. De la misma manera se parte de los principios en los que se ha basado el desarrollo de las ciudades saludables en el mundo: reducción de la desigualdad; determinantes sociales de la salud; reducción de la pobreza; conocimiento del diagnóstico del territorio, el cual incluye la dinámica de las interrelaciones recíprocas entre las estructuras demográficas, sociales, económicas y ambientales, en consonancia con la morbimortalidad específica del territorio; participación ciudadana; la promoción y prevención en asocio con la atención primaria en salud. En materia de urbanismo se utilizan como conceptos relevantes en la implementación de las ciudades y entornos saludables, las densidades, usos del suelo, equipamientos, espacio público, movilidad, etc.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 12510/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in Social Housing ProductionCaixa Economica Federal
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

The main demand for social housing is currently located in developing countries, which face great challenge to implement public policies. Housing shortage is concentrated in the low income population and requires a short term large scale solution, in order to improve these people’s quality of life. Social housing units must be integrated in the city and contemplate solutions for thermal comfort, energy efficiency, material management, water management and social practices. Sustainability can be achieved through project and construction innovative solutions to make the best of local, climate, geographic and natural conditions, reducing construction’s negative environmental impact.

The session aims at relating sustainability with the quality, innovation and productivity in the civil construction chain within the low income housing segment, discussing the main challenges for emerging economy countries to produce sustainable social housing and the strategies used to overcome such challenges. The Brazilian experience will be shared with regards to the methodology and indicators used in social housing building projects.

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BelgiumEvent Number: NE 12610/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Cycling is a City Changer - More Equity, Accessibility and Liveability. International Collaboration on Sustainable Cities Development through more Cycling?ECF European Cyclists' Federation
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

Cycling is more and more recognized worldwide as an essential part of sustainable transport for more equity accessibility and liveability. ECF President Manfred Neun will share his view on the role of Active Mobility and especially cycling for the transition from non-sustainable to sustainable transport. ECF Secretary General Dr Bernhard Ensink will speak on ‘Successful cycling policies’. In order to enhance the international worldwide exchange of knowledge and networking, ECF took the initiative for a ‘World Cycling Alliance’ (WCA). The mission of the WCA is to promote cycling as a mode of transport (including leisure and touristic cycling) for the benefit of people worldwide. The aims are to advocate for cycling on an international level (e.g. to the UN) and to promote and support the worldwide exchange of knowledge and expertise and co-operation. The WCA will officially be launched this year. All NGOs with a substantial interest in promoting cycling are invited to join the WCA. European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) exhibits at WUF7. We advocate, organize networks and we are the holder of the international Velo-city conference series on cycling.

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AustriaEvent Number: NE 12710/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Metrocables - Aerial Ropeway Systems, Challenges, Solution and BenefitsDoppelmayr Seilbahn GmbH
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 12

From crossing rivers, climbing mountains, bypassing and reducing traffic congestion, Metrocables/urban ropeway systems are committed to helping cities resolve their transportation and mobility needs.

One may be familiar with the use of ropeways on mountains. This is where much of modern ropeway technology existed and developed over the past hundred years. Today, that same technology is being brought down from the mountain and being incorporated into cities as an integral part of urban public transportation networks on nearly every continent. Some cities have quickly adopted cable as a cost-effective, quickly-implemented, low-footprint, and safe mode of urban transportation. Yet, in most instances the technology is still highly misunderstood. There are numerous examples of urban aerial cable systems in the world today. While all are located within cities, each vary in terms of network integration and target ridership (Portland, Caracas, London, Koblenz, Algeria, Singapore, Rio, and many more)

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Switzerland Event Number: NE 12810/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Strengthening Urban Equity: The Contribution of Approaches to Measuring, Preventing and Reducing Armed ViolenceSmall Arms Survey
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

The session will focus on how Armed Violence Monitoring Systems (AVMS, or ‘observatories’) have responded successfully to the challenges posed by urban armed violence. AVMS are key for reduction and prevention strategies that are based on sound and solid evidence, and provide much needed insights into strategies that have proven successful. AVMS serve as platforms that bring together a wide range of actors to develop joint responses.

A core focus of the session will be on how AVMS can facilitate integral approaches to promote peaceful and equitable urban development. Responding to armed violence from a development perspective calls for collaboration across many sectors of society. Some cities in Latin America have implemented particularly innovative responses: for example Medellin and Bogotá are frequently cited as cases of successful urban innovation and policy responses.

The session will provide an opportunity to exchange best practices, and to explore how observatories could contribute to understanding and promoting urban equity. Participants will discuss how strategies and approaches for armed violence reduction and prevention as part of the promotion of urban equity are relevant to discussion of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Switzerland Event Number: NE 12910/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Peacebuilding in the City: Exploring the linkages between peacebuilding and urban safetyGeneva Peacebuilding Platform
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Red Pavilion - Room 14

This networking event is a milestone in the efforts of UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform to bring urban safety and peacebuilding practitioners closer together. The networking event has the specific objective to raise awareness about the efforts to create ‘city labs’ – a space for experimentation and innovation for violence and crime reduction and prevention – in specific settings, and to engage with a wider group of city and city-level representatives about the practical needs and implications of the creation of ‘city labs’. The networking event is based on a programme of work that aims to establish an integrated approach to urban safety and peacebuilding in preparation of Habitat III in 2016. The expected outcomes of this networking events are: (a) enhanced understanding of good practice available for adaptation for ‘city labs’ in specific contexts; (b) identification of the key elements of a research and action agenda for specific settings; and (c) the foundation of a cross-cutting network of professionals interested in an integrated approach to urban safety and peacebuilding.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 13010/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Urban Environmental Management as a tool to reduce inequalitie through better land use planning for sustainable development and climate change adaptationMinisterio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible
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Red Pavilion - Room 15

The Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development is the leading governmental agency delegated with the mission of coordinating national management of the environment and renewable natural resources. The agency is responsible for guiding and regulating environmental planning and defining policies and regulations with the objective of recovery and conservation of the environment.

This Networking Event features our National Environmental System (SINA, by its Spanish Acronym), which aims to direct and coordinate the planning and execution of harmonious environmental programs and activities among governmental agencies, in order to resolve discrepancies within urban environmental management, in terms of application of the rules or policies related to land use and management of renewable natural resources.

The event illustrates our values in pursuit of urban equitable development through better practices and relationships between governmental agencies, policies and programs regarding:

  • Use of natural resources
  • Strategies for lowering carbon emissions for climate change adaptation
  • Sustainable production and consumption in urban areas

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KenyaEvent Number: NE 13110/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Promoting Social and Economic Equalities: the Social Workers' Global AgendaInternational Federation of Social Workers
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Red Pavilion - Room 16

Social workers all over the world in the course of their duty witness the realities encountered by individual, group and community challenges caused by inequalities among other factors. They recognize that past and present political, economic, cultural and social orders shaped in a specific context have unequal consequences for global and local communities as well.as a result, majority of the world`s populations is denied access to the full range of human rights. Similarly, unjust and poorly regulated economic systems, driven by unaccountable market forces, together with non-compliant with international standards for labour conditions and lack of corporate responsibility, have damaged the well-being of peoples and communities, causing poverty and increasing inequality. Driven by these realities, social workers have made a commitment to supporting, influencing and enabling structures and systems that positively address the root causes of oppression and inequality. As part of this commitment, they have developed "the global agenda" which is a three years collaborative initiative undertaken by three international organizations representing, social work practice, social work education and social development. The global agenda during the period 2012-2016 has focused on four pillars:
Promoting social and economic equalities
Promoting the dignity ad worth of peoples
Working towards environmental sustainability
Strengthening recognition of the importance of human relationships

Therefore our networking event will focus on the first pillar. Already the three international organizations(International federation of social workers (IFSW), International association of schools of social work (IASSW) and International council of social welfare (ICSW) are jointly collecting data and profiles relating to this pillar from the over 80 member countries.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 13210/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Health of precarious workers in metropolitan central areas: challenges and perspectivesSpearheaded by Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil, with the participation of International Labour Organization, Geneva and Centro Gaspar Garcia de Direitos Humanos - Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Red Pavilion - Room 17

Federal University of ABC - UFABC (Brazil); International Labour Organisation - ILO (Switzerland) and NGO Gaspar Garcia Center of Human Rights (Brazil) will present experiences through a three-fold perspective: housing, work and health. Each one will describe their own assessment that leads to the intrinsic relation between precarious housing, informal work and workers' health disorders. UFABC presents its research that critically examines the vicious circle that leads to urban, economic and health precariousness; ILO explains the Decent Work agenda and the ultimate status in regional debates; the Gaspar Garcia Center illustrates live cases through its support to membership-based organizations of informal workers in the city of Sao Paulo such as street traders, home-based workers and waste pickers.

The presentations and following debate may raise questions such as: What are the main obstacles for promoting better quality of life for the precarious workers in cities? What kind of organization could help the workers to achieve better levels of working conditions and health? Which public policies should be implemented? Which actors should take part in this effort? The event shall be an opportunity to bring together theory and practice; concept and required policies. It is also chance to stimulate debate around: urban development; decent work and health.

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EcuadorEvent Number: NE 13310/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Stewardship for equitable regional developmentBanco Del Estado
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Red Pavilion - Room 18

Co-responsibility is defined as the shared responsibility of subnational governments (Autonomous Decentralized Governments – in Spanish “GAD”) and citizens for the progress of their districts. The GAD are responsible for the development of their territory, and therefore the provision of public services, collection of taxes and provision of effective management. Consequently, citizens must participate in the generation of public policies, safeguard the correct use of the public resources, and pay their taxes. Adopting this concept is imperative in a state that must serve the entire population through decentralized government management.

Subsequently, in order to contribute to this objective, the “Banco del Estado del Ecuador”, in August 2010 implemented a technical assistance program named "Co-responsibilities", the goal of which is to promote the financial retrieval of the land value capture of private property in GAD generated by public infrastructure and efficiently manage the collection of contributions to get more incomes for more services. Accordingly, Banco del Estado’s objective is to share best practices and experiences in three different municipalities, which were selected based on the application of methodologies, tools, instruments and strategies of Co-responsibility, and their ability to manage their own resources as well the process undertaken for the transformation of the tax culture among their populations.

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USAEvent Number: NE 13410/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Planning and Financial Tools for Equitable DevelopmentAmerican Planning Association
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Red Pavilion - Room 19

This networking session by the American Planning Association (APA) will supply ideas and tools that integrate urban planning with local finance and budgeting. Good planning means good governance and without a transparent, inclusive process for allocating resources, urban development goals are often ad hoc and produce narrow benefits. Paul Farmer, CEO of APA, will lead the discussion featuring APA President William Anderson, a globally recognized expert in economic development along with Alaina C. Beverly from the University of Chicago.

This Networking proposal ties this concept of Urban Equity in Development to several key themes and actions. Successful urban development requires an urban framework of rules and legislation that make the budget process a part of participatory urban planning. From infrastructure investments to incentives, to tax policies and bonding, financial tools and planning must be linked and the framework established legally to ensure long term success.

Participants will benefit from practical examples that reflect an integrated approach to the Urban Development Agenda. Application of the lessons and examples will make local governance more accountable, its resources tied to citizen based goals and plans, and improve reporting and feedback to participants. The APA is committed to comprehensive reporting and dissemination of the results of our session and subsequent discussions.

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USAEvent Number: NE 13510/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Partnerships for Resilient CitiesUSAID and International City/ County Management Association (ICMA),
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Red Pavilion - Room 20

This Networking Session will introduce USAID’s Policy on Sustainable Urban Service Delivery and explore best practices in urban development that USAID supports through its programs around the world. USAID partners to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies. Central to this mission is the work we do to promote urban resilience. This session will feature a discussion of partnerships that promote resilience in the face of climate change—both on the mitigation side through USAID’s partnership with local governments in Colombia, and on the adaptation side through our work with ICMA to support city-to-city partnerships between Durban, South Africa; Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania; and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The panel discussion will be complemented with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and share their experiences in fostering partnerships for urban resilience.

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MexicoEvent Number: NE 13610/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Transport and Mobility in Latin America (Spanish only)Asociación Mexicana de Transporte y Movilidad
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Red Pavilion - Room 21

The issue of transportation today is high on the agenda in Latin America.. Transportation serves a coordinating function and is implicitly related to the political, social and economic activity in cities and the quality of life of residents. Understanding and addressing gaps and shortcomings of transportation infrastructure is an urgent task for all actors within transportation and policy.

The panel aims to bring together actors within the field of transportation in order to discuss how to improve service, making in more efficient, safe and clean. The event will also include a discussion on how to achieve more equitable growth and development in Latin America. Transforming the transportation infrastructure of our cities requires involvement and commitment from all, only when we act as a team can we make the hopes and dreams of our fellow citizens a reality. 


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USAEvent Number: NE 13710/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Planning at Scale: Bringing Sanitation and Water Services to the City and Urban PoorInternational Housing Coalition, WaterAid, and George Washington University
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Red Pavilion - Room 22

The value of universal access to sanitation and water is well documented. However, the current approach to urban services where plans and infrastructure leave out the poor, and sanitation is treated as a basic household good and left to individuals, has created a situation where 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to sanitation and access to piped water supply for most African cities is worse today than in 1990. Substantial inequities arise from lack of access to, availability, and affordability of urban water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; lack of access to WASH systems and services produces negative health, infrastructure, and economic outcomes for urban poor populations and women in particular. Please join the International Housing Coalition, WaterAid, and George Washington University to explore the issues and constraints to improving urban WASH planning, access and availability for cities and particularly for slum dwellers, identifying successful programs and approaches in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

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USAEvent Number: NE 13810/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Clean Energy and Transport Solutions in an Urban Hemisphere: Lessons from the AmericasOAS, U.S. EPA, and the U.S. Department of State
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Red Pavilion - Room 23

Experienced practitioners from four communities across the Americas will discuss successful strategies and tools that promote the use of clean energy and innovative, practical transportation solutions. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with these experts to share ideas for creating similar sustainability initiatives around the world. Implementers from San Jose (Costa Rica), Salt Lake City (USA), Baja Verapaz Department (Guatemala), and central New York (USA) will present their experiences in developing sustainable transport and clean energy projects, including the role of community engagement. These four projects were supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Showcase Communities Program and the Organization of American States (OAS) Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean Project. This event will include an introduction to the urban sustainability resources available through U.S. EPA and the OAS. The OAS will also announce the second phase of its Sustainable Cities and Communities in the Americas Project, which includes new grant opportunities.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 13911/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Rehabitar La Montaña, Shifting Ground (a Landscape Based Strategy to Anticipate Informal Urban Growth In Risky Areas)Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Ambientales - urbam -Universidad EAFIT
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

In Medellín currently 45,000 houses in squatter settlements are at risk. This number will grow by another 13,000 houses in the next 20 years. Rehabitar la Ladera-Shifting Ground assesses the problem and proposes integrative landscape-based strategies to anticipate future growth and avoid further calamities within informal settlements located in risky areas in Medellin's metropolitan area. Through a shift towards the productive use of the valley slope, the project puts forward the notion that the destructive forces of disaster can lead to a more healthy urban landscape. By doing this the project explores alternative approaches to informal settlement intervention for the Medellin area and, at the same time, it gives possible solutions to the multitude of cities that currently face common challenges: increasing informal growth and related disaster occurrence. Anticipation strategies are a new step forward in the definition of innovative approaches to tackle the challenge of slums. These strategies are clearly relevant for LAC due to the large amount of informal settlements (partially located in risky locations) that still characterizes Latin American cities. The first phase of the project was self-financed and coordinated by urbam EAFIT and Harvard University. The second phase is technically coordinated by urbam EAFIT and the Leibniz University, and was concluded in December. It was financed by the local planning authority (Planning Dep. City of Medellin) due to the possible application of the criteria and strategies developed by the study.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 14011/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.The Challenges of Participatory Democracy and Citizen ProtagonismBrazilian Network of Participatory Budgeting, the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy, and the Canoas City Hall
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

The Challenges of Participatory Democracy and the Citizen Protagonism’ intends to advance the debate of participative democracy in Latin America, providing the knowledge and experiences exchange in this matter and to promote the reflection about innovative ways of citizen participation in the 21st century, ensuring the citizen’s empowerment, the social inclusion and the access to rights of basic services in the cities. The activity will also discuss the role of the networks in the articulation of local governments to face these challenges. The encounter will also be preparatory to the 14th Conference of IOPD, that will happen in June 2014 in Canoas, Brazil, under the theme “The Radicalization of Democracy and Citizen Participation"

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BelgiumEvent Number: NE 14111/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Towards guidance on innovative and socially just urban planning for disaster resilienceInternational Tunnelling And Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES), Committee On Underground Space (ITACUS)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has formed a Technical Working Group on Urban Planning and Disaster Resilience as part of its Making Cities Resilient Campaign, with the purpose of developing guidance on the role of urban planning for disaster risk reduction and resilience building in urban areas. This Networking Event is organized by ITACUS (ITA Committee on Underground Space), a member organization of this Working Group, and it highlights pilot case studies that document the experiences of local governments in integrating disaster risk reduction measures into their urban planning processes.

This networking event will start with presentations from partner cities, Hoboken, USA, which was affected by Hurricane Sandy; Barcelona, Spain, a role model local government in urban resilience; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a city addressing urban resilience through adaptation and access to basic services. These presentations will be followed by short inputs from Working Group Members. This event will provide an opportunity for the Working Group to present its activities, to share the experiences of the local governments’ innovations in urban planning and disaster resilience and provide a platform for an active discussion on urban resilience to natural and climate-change induced hazards.

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UKEvent Number: NE 14211/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Scaling up innovative housing solutions for lasting social impactBuilding and Social Housing Foundation
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

How can innovative housing solutions be effectively brought to scale to achieve lasting social impact? This session will explore effective ways of building partnerships, sharing knowledge and experience and scaling up proven solutions to common problems. The discussions will draw on the experiences of winners of the World Habitat Awards for innovative, sustainable and scalable housing solutions:

  • The 100,000 Homes Campaign is working to build a national grassroots movement and help over 200 communities across the United States find and permanently house 100,000 people experiencing chronic homelessness by 2014 through a ‘housing first’ approach. 
  • The Hebron Old City Rehabilitation Programme has worked to reverse depopulation through the restoration and reuse of historic buildings in the Old City of Hebron in Palestine, regenerating urban infrastructure and supporting local economic development. 


The session will also highlight lessons from the FUCVAM South-South Cooperation project in Uruguay and the Green Mortgage programme in Mexico, which have been successfully scaled up nationally and across Latin America.

Speakers will discuss barriers, lessons and key strategies that have been put in place to scale up their approaches, including the development of partnerships and collaboration, mobilizing communities and building a national campaign, transferring knowledge, addressing wider social and economic issues and working with government agencies to achieve policy change.

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Event Number: NE 14311/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.CANCELLED
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

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EgyptEvent Number: NE 14411/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Habitat III Expectations: Civil society's expectations and needs from the Habitat III processHabitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

Civic participation and the normative framework in formulating global urban policy have evolved since 1976, but not always in progressive fashion. This event reflects on that dynamic and channels CSO perspectives on procedure and content issues toward Habitat III. A panel will trace the evolution of CSO relations with the Habitat Agendas, first, with veterans of Habitat I and II. Then panelists will present Habitat III expectations linked to the post-2015 Development process, including a forward-looking prospective from engaged youth.

In order to reflect a CSO vision for Habitat III that optimizes constructive engagement and norms of previous Habitat Agendas, participants will present their expectations and proposals, including mechanisms for CSO engagement in, and optimal outcomes from the Habitat III process. These inputs will address choices facing Habitat III partners over both procedure and content to build a platform for CSO engagement toward an improved Habitat Agenda in 2016 as a common ground for socially equitable and environmentally sound habitats over the coming decades.

Presenters:
Ana Sugranyes, SUR, Corporación de Estudios Sociales y Educación (Chile)
Enrique Ortíz, Habitat International Coalition-America Latina (Mexico)
Maruxa Cadama, Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities & Regions in the New UN Development Agenda
Majed Thabet, Youth Development Organization (Yemen)

Moderator:
Joseph Schechla, Housing and Land Rights Network – Habitat International Coalition (Egypt)

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South AfricaEvent Number: NE 14511/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Cities without life? The case for urban safety as a public good, and as a core theme for local and national urban policiesSouth African Cities Network
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

Urban equity requires safety. A lack of safety is both an outcome of, as well as a contributor to, growing urban inequality. This networking event will look at the integration of urban safety and violence prevention into national as well as city-level urban policies as a key measure to promote urban equity. South Africa has recently embarked on the development of a national urban policy, within which the issue of urban safety and violence prevention is being considered. However the unfolding process has already began to raise questions about the vacillating level of engagement and ranging perception of these issues both among politicians and technocrats in terms of their development priority and relevance, against all odds.

The event will be structured as an interactive dialogue between national government, as well as cities (South African cities and selected cities from other countries in Latin America), to explore opportunities and lessons with regard to the positioning of urban safety within national urban policies. It will be framed by a series of provocative questions and illustrations about the social and political imperatives and barriers for considering urban safety as a primary concern.

The objectives of this session are:

  • To take stock of progress in incorporating urban safety considerations and strategies into national urban policies;  
  • To share and debate strategies to raise political interest and support for the topic of urban safety within national urban policies; and 
  • To share experiences and lessons about institutional models that promote the effective inclusion and implementation of urban safety aspects within national urban policies.

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USAEvent Number: NE 14611/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:30 p.m.Championing effective partnerships and grassroots women led practices as core to HFA2, Post- 2015 Development Agenda and Habitat IIIGROOTS International
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 8

Grassroots women have been mobilizing to create and mainstream innovative and bottom-up practices to mitigate increasing climate and disaster risks and institutionalize a holistic and integrated approach to resilience. In order to bring this change to their communities, they have built long-term partnerships with local, national and regional authorities, as well as other stakeholders with important outcomes: decentralized and participatory budgeting and municipal service delivery that reaches poor communities and reduces their vulnerability, influencing Land Management Plans to secure land and housing to poor women and the formal recognition of grassroots women’s methodologies and tools by governmental authorities who are feeding them into local policy design and implementation.

This event will facilitate a discussion around the advantages of grassroots women’s partnerships with different institutional actors and the emerging opportunities this brings for accelerating DRR and resilience building in the context of the consultations to collectively define the next frameworks for policy and action for development: the Post-2015 agenda, HFA2 and Habitat III, as they open an opportunity to mainstream grassroots women’s approach to resilient development and to demonstrate that supporting their leadership as agents of change transforms communities and advances the building of resilient and equitable cities.

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USAEvent Number: NE 14711/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.How to Build a Resilient CityThe Rockefeller Foundation
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

Co-developed by the Rockefeller Foundation and Arup International Development, the City Resilience Framework is a holistic, evidence-based framework for understanding city resilience to inform urban planning and investment decisions. This networking session will feature perspectives on resilience from cities themselves and invite discussion about how the City Resilience Framework can help cities plan for resilience in more concrete way, with pillars that are easy to understand and that relate to cities’ needs. Current members of the 100 Resilient Cities Network, which is using the framework to create resilience-building agendas at city-level, will be a part of this discussion. Network cities are among a set of pilot cities around the world that are collaborating to shape both the framework and the development of a forthcoming City Resilience Index, which aims to measure urban resilience.

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NigeriaEvent Number: NE 14811/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Emerging trends in urban equity development through participatory governance in Nigerian citiesInstitute for environment research and development (IERD)
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

Nigerian cities administrators have endeavored to make definite contributions and create internal dynamism in cities development through national and economic growth. This is tailored towards improving the urban development vis-à-vis equity, city prosperity and bridging urban disequilibrium. It also involves ensuring that public goods and basic services as much as possible are accessible to everyone regardless of their location and status.

Nigerian cities’ governance style has developed with emphasis on spatial fix in the area of urban planning, urban growth and extensions, densification, improved green areas and forest conservation schemes (eco-friendliness) and equity in urban space. This has encouraged individual access to land legally at various locations depending on financial ability but with equal facilities. This is a growing feature in Nigerian cities. This forum brings together some selected foremost cities in Nigeria to share notes with similar international communities on the developmental plans and goals of achieving this UN-Habitat mandate on urban equity. The network forum will involve discourse amongst three other international cities from Guarulhos in Brazil, Medellin, and Singapore to share similar experiences on managing rapid urbanization, poverty and equity related issues. It will also share the challenges as well as the strategies embarked on in resolving them.

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GermanyEvent Number: NE 14911/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Inhibiting Urban Insecurity: Opportunities for the Prevention of Violence through Spatial InterventionTrialog Research Association E.V. (Planning and Building in Developing Countries)
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

Certain physical characteristics of cities facilitate violence and induce fear. Such insecurity instigates spatial responses that are either inhibitory or constructive to the mitigation of urban violence. Therefore, this networking event is organized to examine the physical characteristics of communities that prompt or prolong violence. Spatial intervention that can prevent violence will likewise be appraised through the presentation of contemporary initiatives. An interactive discussion with practitioners, researchers, and participants will afford the opportunity to exchange and debate spatial prevention activities, while also encouraging the conceptualization of further intervention possibilities. Integral questions within this discussion will include, though not be limited to: at which municipal scale are spatial prevention initiatives most successful? What is the role of infrastructure, such as fencing, lighting, and surveillance, in deterring the occurrence of urban insecurity/fear? And which opportunities do street revitalization, urban greenery, and “restrained” spaces, such as gun-free-zones, afford violence prevention.

This event is organized to facilitate networking opportunities for participants while simultaneously highlighting spatial violence prevention as crucial for the development agenda. The document 100 Promising Practices on Safer Cities, compiled by partners in the Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC), including ICPC, EFUS, and UN-Habitat, will also be launched at this event.

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ItalyEvent Number: NE 15011/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Fair Shared Cities: Gender Oriented Resilient and Safe Public SpacesUrbanima/LUPT - Federico II University of Naples Co-Organizers: INVIHAB, Cordoba University, UPM – Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, AFEM – Association Femmes Europe Méridionale
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 12

The event aims to gather speakers and panelists in order to deepen the issue of the resilient and safe cities for women and men, with the viewpoint of the creation, planning and design of fair and shared cities in the perspective of gender issues.

Bringing together a team of leading professors, the event offers a variety of insights into ongoing gender mainstreaming policies in the world with a focus on urban/spatial planning in Europe and Latin America, referring particularly on the public spaces issues. The final output will be the creation of a comprehensive overview of this particular, multidisciplinary issue.

The event has two key objectives: to deepen the issue of the creation of fair shared cities with the perspective of resilient and safe cities; to provide new insights for urban planning in order to create, design and plan cities which will be fair for all, resilient and safe, by providing both methodological and practical information.

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Switzerland Event Number: NE 15111/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Cities, Armed Violence and Development: a Call for ActionGeneva Declaration on Armed Violence And Development
LocationDescription
Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

Armed violence in cities presents a distinct challenge to ensuring equitable enjoyment of the urban advantage by all. As insecurity become ever more concentrated in cities, local governments are increasingly called upon by their citizens to deliver both leadership and effective policy responses. Many innovative breakthroughs in tackling violence, preventing conflict, and enhancing overall urban safety are now occurring at city level. In that spirit, cities must have a central place in the implementation of the landmark Geneva Declaration (GD) on Armed Violence and Development.

The Medellin Call to Action on Cities, Armed Violence and Development will be a political declaration of the commitment of cities to preventive action that reduces and prevents armed violence, and contributing to the Post-2015 development goals and the new international urban agenda to emerge from Habitat III. The Call, operating within the framework of GD implementation, will urge Member States to include local governments as key partners in formulating and delivering peace and security aspects of the 21st century development agenda. This will represent a ground-breaking exercise in international city diplomacy, generating high-level recognition of the vital role of local governments and enabling cities to have their voices heard and heeded on peace and security issues.

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BrazilEvent Number: NE 15211/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Mediación Comunitaria. Una experiencia de las favelas de Rio de Janeiro (Spanish only)Instituto de Estudos da Religiao
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Red Pavilion - Room 14

Debate sobre el campo de la mediación comunitaria en Brasil a partir de las transformaciones ocurridas en las favelas de Rio de Janeiro en los últimos 10 años. En este espacio de discusión esperamos poder abordar temas como la participación comunitaria, actuación de la policia y desarollo urbano local. La expectativa es contribuir para una reflexión cualificada junto a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, agencias internacionales y gobiernos sobre los avances y retos de las políticas públicas practicadas en las favelas entorno a la agenda de la seguridad pública y de la participación local. Tomando como punto de partida el Projecto Justicia Comunitaria realizado en Rio de Janeiro y la experiencia de la instituición proponente en el tema de la Mediación de Conflictos; tenemos la posibilidad de destacar sugerencias concretas tanto para las iniciativas como para las organizaciones civiles y proyectos de los gobiernos locales. La Mediación comunitaria es un modelo muy flexible y enfocado en torno a la calidad de vida y la convivencia entre personas, de esta manera está muy relacionado con la temática propuesta en este Foro.

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ChileEvent Number: NE 15311/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Urban Resiliency: Ideas for an Integral Rehabilitation Methodology of Vulnerable Areas in Latin-American Cities.Escuela De Arquitectura, Universidad Católica Del Norte
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Red Pavilion - Room 15

Resilience of cities can be achieved by social, environmental and urban planning strategies. The objective of this event is to discuss critically these three aspects. The first step in defining the strategies is to analyze the actual situation and to understand the limitations in policies and regulations. The second step is to compare solutions in order to predict the best way to improve social inclusion, environmental health and urban sustainability. During the network activity examples of different strategies will be presented, focusing on Chile’s development policies and comparing these policies with corresponding regulations in Peru and Spain. In particular, the cases of Lima and Antofagasta will be studied. Lima and Antofagasta are both cities with several problems of citizen participation, lack of equity, environmental health and effective public policies. Best practice experiences from Santiago and Madrid will be presented as reference. The session will take the form of a debate with Academic and Professional people from different Institution and Countries: Massimo Palme (UCN – Chile), Paula Kapstein (UCN – Chile), Viviana Fernandez (UC – Chile), Francisco Cooper (CREO Antofagasta – Chile), Gino Pérez (UCN – Chile), Miguel Angel Galvez (UPM – Spain), Federico Butera (PoliMI – Italy), Edith Aranda (UNI – Peru). Architecture students from UCN will participate in the debate as a contribution to youth action for a sustainable future.

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ColombiaEvent Number: NE 15411/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Resilience Strategy for Urban Local and Regional Sustainable DevelopmentOficina UNESCOSOST Colombia, constituida por la Cátedra UNESCO de Sostenibilidad de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya‐ Barcelonatech y el Tecnológico de Antioquia Institución Universitaria
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Red Pavilion - Room 16

The concept Recycling the City - Re_City - seeks to gather and disseminate the thinking and work of various international experts engaged with urban and regional sustainability, and in particular, on new dynamics and processes to make more resilient social and ecological urban systems. This approach contributes to a new vision of urban planning, with emphasis on the participatory community development, and to guarantee the quality and the feasibility of implemented solutions, even at medium and large temporal scale. The network is directed to drive an efficient and fast response to the necessary transformations for our contemporary societies, in order to promote technical cooperation, urban planning and capacity building through planning strategies and urban management. The final objective is to design cities and urban developments that from the basis, have to be efficiently managed, culturally appropriate, with socio-environmental responsibility and with high adaptive capacities to extreme events and other climatic and natural impacts. The networking event will provide an opportunity to share experiences and systematize knowledge about some of the most representative projects from the field of intangible heritage through participative methods, as well as on how to consolidate knowledge about the challenges of sustainable urban development.

For more information visit UNESCOSOST's website.

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EcuadorEvent Number: NE 15511/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Involuntary Resettlement in GUAYAQUIL: A Successful Model of Social SupportFundacion Bien‐estar
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Red Pavilion - Room 17

The objectives of social support in involuntary or forced resettlement and other social housing programs are: promote sustainable communities with organizing principles; integrity; territoriality and governance; support the construction of a new social fabric and appropriation of a new safe habitat. The social support process in Ecuador meets the definition of a new national policy promoted by the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing. Ecuador’s government, as part of the Programa Nacional de Desarrollo Urbano (National Urban Development Program) framed on the constitutional principles of Good Living and Right to Housing, decided to carry out an Involuntary Resettlement Program for about 1500 families who used to live precariously within the Security Reserve Area, located in marginal areas northwest of Guayaquil city in Ecuador. Through this program, 800 families have moved so far to the housing project Ciudad Victoria. The main activities of the project include: the identification and training of more than 40 community leaders; daily consulting in conflict resolution; psychological support for the community; over 50 workshops in space appropriation, leadership, good neighborliness, etc.; and a socio-economic diagnosis. The keys to success are: a) Social support from the start of resettlement; b) Subscription of basic cohabitation agreements; c) Identification and training of leaders; d) Adequate inter-institutional coordination; e) Permanent community participation; f) a high level of planning.

For more information visit Fundacion Bien-estar's website. 

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NetherlandsEvent Number: NE 15611/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.SOUTH RISE: Emergent Southern Cities within Global Investment NetworksInternational Institute of Urban Management of Erasmus University Rotterdam (IHS)
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Red Pavilion - Room 18

Foreign investments into cities strongly influence urban development. The share of investments from Southern cities into global destinations grows at twice the speed of the rest of the world. Southern cities, once dependent on the slowing developed world, are now in need of new growth markets. Therefore it’s important to understand how Southern cities are evolving in relation to changing demand.

Because investments strongly impact cities, urban development disciplines need to better understand their cities’ position in local and global economic scales. Why?

Firstly, understanding a city’s “glocal” identity can result in more effective development strategies and facilitate resilient/sustainable cities. By targeting prospective sectors, and creating complementarities with other cities, Southern cities can compete better.

Secondly, this helps assess a city’s capabilities, identify opportunities, and make smart choices in relation to investment networks. Through statistical and GIS techniques, unique understandings are translated into urban scenarios and physical programs.

The changing network position of emerging Southern cities in relation to all cities in the world system, their strengths and connections, will be presented at the event. The event includes presentations by Ronald Wall and Lucía Gómez, followed by a workshop on methods and utility of this approach.

To learn more about this event, visit IHS's website. 

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Event Number: NE 15711/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.CANCELLED
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Red Pavilion - Room 19

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USAEvent Number: NE 15811/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Cities Safe by Design for AllEMBARQ - World Resources Institute
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 20

EMBARQ, a program of the World Resources Institute on sustainable transport will host a networking event entitled “Cities Safer by Design for All.” The event will present the work that EMBARQ and its partners are performing around the world in an effort to make cities safer from traffic fatalities and injuries through urban design and planning for urban residents and visitors alike – including the poor, children, elderly, both men and women, and “vulnerable road users,” defined as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. With traffic fatalities currently claiming over 1.2 million deaths annually – 91% of which occur in low-income and middle-income countries – EMBARQ’s work in cities in emerging economies has never been more critical. And since about half of global traffic fatalities occur in cities, it’s important to focus on urban development interventions that can improve traffic safety for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists. Thus, the “Safer by Design” event will share best practices, principles, and key research that can help transform cities and transport options by focusing on the needs of people instead of vehicles. With the WUF7 theme, “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life,” this year’s conference is particularly relevant to improving the quality of people’s lives in urban environments by making cities safer by design. Experts from across EMBARQ network from Brazil, Mexico and India will discuss ways and network with guests. The event will also discuss a new EMBARQ publication on the topic.

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USAEvent Number: NE 15911/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Rebuild by Design: Envisioning a Resilient FutureNew York University, Institute for Public Knowledge
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 21

Hurricane Sandy was unlike any storm before it. The unprecedented damage revealed the true threat that weather events and disasters pose to our communities. Sandy made it clear that we cannot simply rebuild what existed before. We need to think differently, making sure our communities are resilient enough to rebound from future storms. Rebuild by Design is a multi-sectoral/multi-layer initiative of the President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in collaboration with New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge and other partners with a lead supporter in the Rockefeller Foundation. The competition brings together local, regional, and international knowledge to bear to: Contribute to a better understanding of the region’s vulnerabilities and strengths; Generate proposals that focus on regionally applicable solutions, increase resilience, develop and promote innovation, and integrate local efforts; Build capacity of communities and government; Connect to local efforts and strengthen collaboration within and between government, business, academic, non-profit, and others; Ignite innovation and address new trends; and execute world-class projects with regional impact. Through the competition, ten global design teams have assembled with experts from across planning, design, engineering and science to critically consider rebuilding to develop design solutions that can be imitated or replicated anywhere. At WUF7, Rebuild by Design proposes an interactive session with participants, including a presentation of the top design solutions, and hosts will ask for feedback by way of discussion and social media. WUF7 participants will be able to speak to the global teams to identify innovations that help meet their challenges. This dialogue will include a feedback loop so attendees can continue to view progress and provide their input of ways in which resilient design solutions are improving communities around the world.

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USAEvent Number: NE 16011/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Smart Cities from the Bottom UpSanta Fe Institute
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 22

Challenges of economic, social and environmental change are insurmountable without information. There is little hard data on which communities, governments and international agencies can base development decisions. Community-driven data collection and management are core methodologies of urban poor federations affiliated to the Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) network. Data collection activities by SDI federations have reached a sufficient scale and scope to become the gold standard for measuring and understanding urban poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. To this end, SDI is working with experts in urban data analysis and research at the Santa Fe institute (SFI). This partnership will improve methodology to collect, manage and analyze micro data and give it spatial and temporal context. The project will ensure that data collected by slum dwellers is of a standard suitable for local poverty analysis, advocacy and planning and that it becomes a quantitative window into the global state of urban informal settlements. SFI has begun using data from over 7000 informal settlements worldwide to analyze general characteristics of informality and poverty in developing world cities. This analysis suggests a deeper understanding of developing cities and specific ways that policymakers and planners can intervene. The data shows that informal settlements are not problems to be destroyed or wished away. They are stages of development in fast growing cities that, as they integrate with the formal city, may naturally become cradles of civic and cultural development and growth.

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SpainEvent Number: NE 16111/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Cities and Equality: Rights, coexistence and securityUnión Iberoamericana De Municipalistas
LocationDescription
Red Pavilion - Room 23

Cities are experienced in a different way by men and women, and urban planning and public policies tend to be ineffective in addressing women´s specific needs.

Thus, cities still present inequitable conditions and opportunities to the sexes, resulting in inequality and insecurities, the latter a broad concept and occurring when the right to use and enjoy the city space is not equally enjoyed by both sexes.

Specifically, the ideas that are addressed in this networking event refer to accessibility of public space, concepts that are friendly and secure to both men and women, and through this event promote local development of cities from the global perspective. The goal is to distinguish public institutions to the local government and to articulate that the city is a shared space, requiring conciliation and improvement that will justly improve the quality of life for all.

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