WUF7 One UN Room Events April 6-11



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07/04/201408:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Making Cities Resilient Camping and ToolsUNISDR
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One UN Room

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction lead “ My City is getting ready: Making Cities Resilient Campaign” now has 1750 cities participating for 96 countries. Launched in 2009 by UN Secretary General, the purpose of the campaign is to build political momentum and provide support to cities and local authorities in undertaking actions towards disaster resilience. The objectives of the campaign are to increase understanding and encourage commitment by local and national governments, to make disaster risk reduction and resilience a policy priority and to bring the global Hyogo Framework closer to local needs.

Cities join the campaign with a commitment to implement the “Ten Essentials” for disaster resilience prescribed by the campaign. These essentials are based on the Hyogo Framework of the campaign also provides assistance to local governments in assessing their progress in disaster risk reduction. For that purpose, a “Local Government Self Assessment Tool (LGSAT)” is available to map and understand existing gaps and challenges in disaster risk reduction in each locality, enhance understanding among stakeholders in the local community on disaster risk reduction, set a baseline on progress made and immediate challenges. The LGSAT is globally the only tool to which cities report on a biannual basis. Recently launched “City Disaster Resilience Scorecard” is the latest support tool developed by 

UNISDR with the support of IBM and AECOM. The scorecard provides a set of assessments 

that will allow cities to understand how resilient they are to natural disasters. It is based on 

the “Ten Essentials” and adds significant additional detail and quantification beneath the Local 

Government Self-Assessment Tool (LGSAT).

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GLOBAL06/04/201409:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.Anti-Corruption Strategies to Urban EquityUNDP
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One UN Pavilion

Cities’ governments are increasingly being chosen through free, fair and open electoral processes, and as more authority is being delegated or transferred to urban institutions, so are citizens´ expectations increasing in terms of what their governments should deliver (services, policies, security, job opportunities, etc) and how they should deliver (efficiently, transparently participatory, etc.). In this context, cities have the opportunity to be poles of change and transformation in terms of transparency and accountability as well as the driving force for national development. Responding to the primary subject of the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF7) on the role of cities in addressing inequality and exclusion, the main objectives of this side event are as follows:

  • Promote a high-level discussion on the role of cities in the fight against corruption to promote equity and inclusion. 
  • Share innovative strategies and methodologies for diagnosing and tackling corruption at city level. 
  • Analyze good practices of civil society, private sector and government engagement to fight corruption at urban level. 
  • Debate the role of big cities in supporting countries in the implementation of the United Nations Against Corruption (UNCAC). 


The event will consist of a high level panel discussion with mayors, academics and UN officials.

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GLOBAL06/04/201403:30 p.m.-05:00 p.m.Urbanization and Spatial Development of Cities: A Policy Research ProgramWorld Bank
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One UN Pavilion

This session is being jointly organized by the World Bank and UN HABITAT to discuss ongoing initiatives examining spatial development of cities. The objective is to raise awareness and knowledge on the challenges and opportunities of rapid urbanization among policymakers in developing countries. Recent innovations in the availability of spatial data and developments in analytical and statistical techniques for analyzing these data have made this empirical work feasible at reasonable cost. The work under this program will help inform the complex policy choices on the distribution of infrastructure investments, public services, and institutional reforms over space and time. This research program will first examine the determinants and consequences of the spatial transformation of cities in developing countries to inform policy choices. Then, it will provide complementary insights on the spatial evolution of cities and metropolitan areas, and will integrate these results to produce three main types of outputs: (i) data products, including processed high resolution satellite images and geo referenced household surveys; (ii) technical background, policy notes, and research papers, aimed primarily at researchers and policy audiences in developing countries; and (iii) outreach activities with city leaders and policymakers to disseminate the key findings of this program.

See all WUF7 World Bank Events. 

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GLOBAL07/04/201412:15 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Integrated Regional Development: the Power of a Territorial Approach to Sustainable DevelopmentUNCRD
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One UN Pavilion

Rio+20 recognized the progress made in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. However, it also recognized that the promotion of a new form of development is far from attaining a real integration of the three pillars of sustainable development. In consequence, primary goals of Rio+20, the Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, is the sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth, and an integrated and sustainable organization of ecosystems that support economic, social and human development, promoting their resilience in the face of existing and emerging problems. This calls for a more coherent and integrated planning and decision-making at the national, sub-national and local levels, and for strengthening institutions and multistakeholder processes.

The UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) believes that integrated regional development--based on a territorial approach to sustainable development-- is a powerful instrument to attain the above goals, addressing the development pillars in concrete territories, based on their human and ecological priorities. It recognizes the multidimensional, multiscalar and multisectoral character of development, as well as the complex exchanges, interdependencies and complementarities between the territories (urban and rural). It also promotes good governance through the establishment of a constructive dialogue among the competent administrations of a region (vertically and horizontally) and the variety of stakeholders to articulate coherent territorial solutions, facilitating synergies among all actions to attain equity and sustainability.

Against the above, UNCRD promotes a Programme aimed at strengthening institutional and technical capacities of national and subnational government to use the territorial approach for the collective building of sustainable development policies and planning processes, which will be presented and discussed at the WUF, together with the UN/ECLAC, government representatives and other strategic stakeholders.

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GLOBAL07/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Smart Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry to combat poverty and improve the quality of urban lifeFAO
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One UN Pavilion

More information coming soon.

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GLOBAL08/04/201408:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Healthy and equitable urban planning through intersectoral action (8:30 to 10:00) & Health equity and sustainable urban development in the post-2015 development agenda: Second WHO-UN HABITAT joint report (10:30 to 12:00)WHO Japan
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One UN Pavilion

These WHO networking events focus on urban health equities from different perspectives. The session on Healthy and equitable urban planning through intersectoral action demonstrates how urban planning can be used as a tool to promote health equity in cities; discusses how health inequities can be addressed through urban planning policies and practices; and introduces the concept of intersectoral action for health as a practical approach to strengthen the cooperation between sectors. The session on Health equity and sustainable urban development in the post-2015 development agenda: Second WHO-UN HABITAT joint report brings together a multitude of stakeholders interested in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and invites their inputs on the broad structure and content areas of the second WHO-UN HABITAT joint report (first being Hidden Cities, 2010). The session aims to engage participants in outlining key concepts and content of the second joint report expected to be published in 2015; to collectively determine priorities for cities in the post-2015 development agenda and highlight the areas of convergence between expected urban and health goals; and to identify reliable and comparable international datasets, tools, and methods to facilitate a scientific validation of the hypotheses developed on the expected future of cities.

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GLOBAL08/04/201412:15 p.m.-02:15 p.m.Networking Session: Challenges and Opportunities in Capacity Development of Cities and Local GovernmentsWorld Bank
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One UN Pavilion

This session is jointly organized by the World Bank Institute, UN-Habitat Capacity Development Unit, and Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies. It will reflect on evolving challenges, experiences, approaches and lessons learned regarding capacity development for local government in developing countries. It looks at the efforts to develop the skills, knowledge, tools and know-how of urban practitioners, policy makers and city leaders as well as the institutional capacity needed to guide cities towards a sustainable urban development path. It will convene key players engaged in capacity development of cities and local governments, including national and local governments, knowledge and training providers (e.g., professional associations, universities, think tanks, and international organizations), NGOs, local government associations as well as a few client representatives from national and local governments.

The objectives are: i) to form a shared understanding on key principles of local government capacity development, and the key actions going forward; ii) to increase awareness and encourage commitment from participating institutions in creating an enabling environment for local government capacity development. 

Abha Joshi-Ghani, Director of Knowledge Exchange and Learning at the World Bank Institute, will be opening this session. She will discuss the Open Learning Campus -- a new learning initiative from the World Bank Group. More information about this initiative can be found here.


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08/04/201402:30 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Filiep Decorte - Humanitarian Dimension of Urbanization.
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One UN Pavilion

More information coming soon. 

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08/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:15 p.m.Making Children Count: UNICEF's Global Urban Child Index rankings release and the importance of data in citiesUNICEF
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One UN Pavilion

More information coming soon. 

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GLOBAL09/04/201408:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.City-Region Food System and Sustainable Urban DevelopmentFAO
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One UN Pavilion

The combination of global urbanization trends with persistent hunger and malnutrition, multiple risks for disaster, and natural resources constraints to feed a growing world, all have given rise to vigorous debate on how to achieve a resilient and sustainable food supply in the near future. A “city region food systems” framework has emerged as an approach to combine sustainable cities development and food systems, with a strong effort to mainstream these in the SDGs, Habitat III, and beyond. This half day conference aims to shed light upon social, economic, and environmental dimensions of city-region food system and sustainable urban development, through brainstorming and panel of speakers - providing an opportunity for different stakeholders to exchange experiences and to identify concrete steps we can take for urban equity in the areas of food and nutrition security, city-region food system resilience, and greener design. The importance of rural-urban linkages will also be emphasized, as the constant flow of people, food, fibre, and other goods, services, and resources in both directions will continue to increase. The event is hosted by FAO and the International Sustainability Unit of the Prince of Wales Charities, in collaboration with members of the Food for the Cities network.

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GLOBAL09/04/201412:45 p.m.-01:45 p.m.Expo 2015FAO
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One UN Pavilion

The next World Exposition will take place in Milan from 1 May to 31 October 2015 with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. Expo 2015 will cover a space of 110 hectares. It is expected to attract up to 20 million visitors, one third of whom will come from abroad. To date, there are 147 Official Participants, including two International Organizations (the UN and the European Union).

Expo 2015 will take place during a crucial year for the UN System as the present MDGs come to an end and the post 2015 agenda is approved. The theme reflects key priorities for the UN and particularly the mandates of the three Rome-based Agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP), appointed by the UN Secretary-General to lead the UN system’s participation at Expo. Unlike previous Expos where the UN featured in one dedicated pavilion, this time the UN System will have a horizontal involvement across numerous areas throughout the Expo site. The UN System will bring the “Zero Hunger Challenge” to Expo 2015 with the slogan “United for a Sustainable World”. Visitors will learn how it is possible to end hunger in their lifetimes, how this can only be achieved if we work together and how they can and need to be part of the solution.

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GLOBAL09/04/201402:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Building the Business Case for Resource Efficiency at City LevelUNEP
LocationDescription
One UN Pavilion

In a rapidly urbanizing world, cities represent great opportunities to deliver economic growth with a lower impact on the environment. Resource efficient cities combine greater productivity and innovation with lower costs and reduced environmental impacts. The Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities was launched by UNEP in June 2012 and aims at enhancing the quality of life in urban areas, while minimizing resource extraction, energy consumption and waste generation, and while safeguarding ecosystem services.

Making the case for resource efficiency is, however, not that easy. It is well-known to city practitioners that limited local government budgets are often stretched by competing interests and the concept of “resource efficiency” in the sense that it improves environmental sustainability is rarely a priority. Securing area-wide commitment on resource efficiency often requires recognizing the economic benefits of taking action as well as linking the co-benefits of resource efficiency to more familiar issues such as public health and local employment.

This networking event will make the “business case for resource efficient cities” focusing on the critical connection between resource efficiency and long term resilience. Through testimonies of city leaders and experts, the discussion will argue that investing on the city’s natural and built environment not only improves environmental sustainability but also makes economic sense; thus improving overall quality of life.

View flyer for more information on UNEP's events during WUF7.

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GLOBAL10/04/201408:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.Strong Local Government for Development Through Partnership in Ghana, South Africa and UgandaUNDP
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One UN Pavilion

This event will highlight & share experience around a new partnerships between UNDP and Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) to support joint deliberative engagements between local governments & organised communities of the urban poor to build the base of data & skills to produce improved living conditions for poor people in cities, particularly as it relates to land, water, sanitation, shelter and opportunities for employment. The event will cover the importance of supporting partnerships between local government and organised communities of the urban poor for urban development strategies through the presentation of case studies from Uganda, South Africa and Ghana that emphasise the use of community-collected slum data to craft urban development strategies, including input from local government officials on experience of this in the local context.

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GLOBAL09/04/201404:30 p.m.-06:00 p.m.Don’t Waste the Waste: the economic opportunity to harness your waste flows and integrate renewables through district energyUNEP
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One UN Pavilion

Today, district energy represents a paradigm shift in urban planning to include utility services as a component of community development. In recent years district energy has experienced a renaissance in cities as a platform for community-based/ decentralised energy solutions. Cities are advancing “district level” solutions as the optimal scale for realizing greater energy efficiency than is possible through individual building energy systems, for capturing urban waste flows– waste heat, waste water, waste material, and to pilot new technologies that integrate renewable energy market.

The key objectives of the "Don't waste the waste" workshop are to:

  • Provide a platform for featured cities to share experiences, innovations and emerging best practices on district energy deployment. 
  • To engage on the participants on the emerging success factors/best practices identified in the UNEP, UN-Habitat, ICLEI- “Teaser” on District Energy. 

Initiate a “Cities 4 Cities” process that brings together the right actors in the public and private sector to make the paradigm shift happen by spurring innovation and through targeted city twinning’s.

View flyer for more information on UNEP's events during WUF7.

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Colombia10/04/201410:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Public Policies for HabitatUNDP Colombia
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One UN Pavilion

Progress on MDG 7, on the issue of settlements construction and commissioning of three public policies in three cities that receive IDPs from all over the country due to the internal armed conflict:
(i) Human Settlements Soacha (Andean Region)
(ii) Settlement and Housing in Monteria (Caribbean Region)
(iii) Housing for Life (Santander Region).

In the first case, it strengthened the Municipal Government and civil society in order to legalize three informal settlements in Altos de Cazucá, a neighborhood located in marginal areas where the incidence of urban poverty is highly evident.

This process has lasted for eight years and three local administrations. Regarding the second case, it was built with the Municipal Housing Directorate a resettlement path of people dwelling at high-risk areas, to social housing. This intervention included technical and social support to these families.

In terms of the experience in Santander, an habitat policy was focused on providing housing for women heads of households, strengthening their income generation, their entrepreneurship as well as strengthening the social tissue. With the implementation of these policies, a total of 37,000 people will benefit as well as approximately 9250 families living in poverty and extreme poverty

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GLOBAL10/04/201402:30 p.m.-04:00 p.m."Innovating Cities: The Importance of the Social" - Learning from Latin America and Spain - Bogotá, Medellín, Barcelona, Ecuador and BrazilGlobal Compact
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One UN Pavilion

In these times of rapid city development and growing divides in inequity, the importance of a collaborative approach to our critical urban challenges cannot be overstated. This networking event is hosted by the Cities Programme, the urban arm of the UN Global Compact. The UN Global Compact recognises that cities, in particular, have the potential to make enormous strides in creating sustainable societies – where economic, ecological, political and cultural issues are integrated and advanced. It advocates for a cross-sectoral and holistic approach to urban sustainability, where the ten principles of the Global Compact are enacted into day to day urban governance and management.

This event features practical, participatory and principled approaches to the development of prosperous and inclusive sustainable cities. It draws on leading UN Global Compact city participants and their partners, and will include a particular emphasis in learning from the groundswell of socially focused efforts of Latin American cities who it is argued are leading the world in their thinking and approach to urban development. We hope this event will seed a network of cities in latin america to continue this exchange of leading practice and innovation.

For more information, visit global compact's website. 

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GLOBAL10/04/201412:15 p.m.-02:15 p.m.Low‐Carbon Livable Cities - Getting Cities Ready and Getting Finance Flowing for Climate ActionWorld Bank
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One UN Pavilion

Rapid urbanization, particularly in developing countries, presents one of the biggest development challenges of this century. There is a tremendous opportunity to empower cities as agents of change in the shift towards a sustainable future – by creating low-carbon planning capacity and enabling access to the necessary financing. This session will see city officials, private sector representatives and World Bank Group representatives discuss how investing in climate smart cities can reduce emissions, foster competitiveness, and help cities and their citizens reap the benefits of sustainable growth. Cities at the forefront of low-carbon development will highlight the transformational potential of investments in energy efficiency and draw lessons to be shared with other cities around the world. The World Bank Group will present its new initiatives to support cities as they plan their low-carbon, livable future - the Low-Carbon Livable Cities (LC2) Initiative.

See all WUF7 World Bank Events.

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GLOBAL10/04/201404:00 p.m.-06:15 p.m.Green Job Creation Through Affordable Sustainable HousingILO
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One UN Pavilion

The event brings together key global stakeholders of green and sustainable affordable housing and the labor providers of big construction companies, civil society and governments to discuss and share information and key tools related to labor and sustainable affordable housing. Presentation: the presentation links green economy, sustainable housing and labor generation finding connections between sustainable labor and green affordable housing. New jobs resulting from governmental commitment to sustainable housing (subsidies, building codes), training and capacity building related to green housing sustainable housing construction; income from rental accommodation; housing as a place of work (home based enterprises) and its relation to decreased greenhouse gas emissions; linkages between housing location and workplace location and its social and environmental aspects as well as the labor generation prospects of different green building materials and the construction processes related to them.

Key objective 1
Knowledge sharing and networking: the event brings together the key global partners related to green and sustainable affordable housing and the major labor providers related to construction industry as well as the civil sector and governmental actors. The event aims to link the private sector and the civil sector, UN-agencies, local authorities, NGOs, universities and research institutions.

Key objective 2
Mainstreaming key tools: the event aims to mainstream key tools and experiences that can help to find sustainable linkages between labor and green housing.

Key objective 3
Mainstreaming local green job creation: the event aims to emphasize the importance of local job creation in the green building sector.

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GLOBAL11/04/201412:00 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Local Economic Development: Strengthening urban rural linkages for economic growth and sustainable developmentUNDP, ILO, and Regions United/FOGAR
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One UN Pavilion

Urban and rural have traditionally been seen as separate, disconnected spatial domains. However, the economic, social and environmental interdependence among urban and rural areas and the need for a balanced and mutually supportive approach to development of the two areas is widely recognized. In multiple high-level events, including the 2nd World Forum of Local Economic Development, a broad spectrum of stakeholders have highlighted the importance of local economic development (LED) strategies for promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth across rural and urban geographies.

This side event analyzes the WUF7 theme—urban equity in development—from a broader urban-rural perspective. Its key objectives include:

  • Promote LED as a tool to foster better integration between rural and urban areas and linkages for sustainable territorial development. 
  • Present and discuss successful national and territorial LED policies that promote urban rural linkages as the basis for strengthened territorial development. 
  • Present specific instruments and experiences for the implementation of integrated urban rural LED strategies. 


The event is co-organized by UNDP, ILO, and Regions United/FOGAR. The participants will include national authorities, sub-national authorities and their associations, decentralized cooperation, and multilateral partners.

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GLOBAL11/04/201402:45 p.m.-04:45 p.m.Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing International Competition Award CeremonyHousing Unit
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One UN Pavilion

More information coming soon. 

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