WUF7 Side Events April 9-11



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GhanaEvent Number: SE 109/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Ghana National Urban Policy Framework and Action PlanMinistry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

Preceding the millennia, urbanisation was not a priority in Ghanaian development policies and practices. The onset of the new century however has brought into sharp relief the significance of urbanisation for economic development and social harmony, the absence of which undermines equitable growth for the society. Ghana’s experience of this trajectory culminated in the failure of the rapidly growing cities to manage the populations, provide the requisite infrastructure and contribute to economic growth. Consequently Ghana experienced proliferation of urban decay and expanding inequality in access to urban services. Recognising these constraints culminated in a national urban policy framework complimented by other policies as a calculated response to the urban challenges. This response is given further impetus by the combination of improved democratic systems, new resource discoveries and enhanced local capacities although it is still presently confronted by high urban growth rates, infrastructure limitations and informality. The Government of Ghana and its local private sector and civil society partners jointly seek to further consolidate the potential benefits of urbanisation by strategically engaging with international partners during the side event. It is expected that discussions will expand the frontiers of our outlook, design programmes and craft partnerships for equitable urban development.

For more information, visit the websites of MLGRD, Local Government Service Ghana, GIZ and Cooperative Housing Foundation

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SpainEvent Number: SE 209/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Planning for sustainable intermediary cities - Perspectives and recommendationsUnited Cities, Local Governments
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

The increasing importance of cities with intermediary profiles in the global urbanization process contrasts with the lack of adequate planning strategies that take into account their particular challenges and opportunities. Given the expected level of urbanization that will increase and accentuate in intermediary cities, UCLG raises their importance in the global agenda.

During 2013 and 2014, UCLG has mobilized networks, city leaders, development agencies and relevant institutions to discuss and develop recommendations for the sustainable development of Intermediary Cities gathered into a Frame Document. This event will provide a unique opportunity to share with the wider public and relevant stakeholders the first policy findings and recommendations of this process:

  • Innovative forms of urban-rural partnerships 
  • Governance and leadership as priority themes for i-Cities’ 
  • Role of regional governments 
  • Strategic, spatial planning and financing instruments that suit cities’ particular conditions 
  • New indicators that acknowledge these differences 
  • Economies of proximity beneficial to the socio-economic conditions of i-Cities 
  • Need for evidence-based knowledge exchanges between i-Cities


For more information visit UCLG's website.

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ColombiaEvent Number: SE 309/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Los aporte de la ICDE al desarrollo urbano sostenibleInstituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi (IGAC)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

La presentación se enmarcan to la inform en dos componentes estratégicos del Plan nacional de desarrollo prosperidad para todos 2011-2014;el primero de ellos e la política de "vivienda y ciudades amables"y el segundo es el "programa vive digital", mediante los cuales el gobierno pretende alcanza la prosperidad democrática a través de la introducción d un patrón de desarrollo planificado en las ciudades y la aprobación y el uso de la tecnología en la gestión pública. De manera concreta se expone la estrategia liderada por el IGAC denominada como la " infraestructura Colombiana de Datos Espaciales -ICDE" mediante la cual se integran políticas, estándares, organizaciones y recursos tecnológicos que facilitan la producción, el acceso y el uso de la información geográfica del territorio colombiano, como apoyo a la toma de decisiones en todos los campos de la política pública. La ICDE propende por una producción de información geográfica regulada u planificada con criterios de calidad, acceso universal y continuo , articulación, complementariedad y sinergia de variables fundamentales para llevar a Cabo procesos de planificación regional y urbana como el uso del suelo, el espacio público, la infraestructura vial y de servicios, el transporte, los equipamientos públicos de educación, salud, asistencia social, las viviendas, los valores del suelo, los ecosistemas estratégicos, las áreas protegidas, las zonas de riesgo;entre otras. Dentro de los puntos específicos a desarrollar en la presentación se contemplan: a) políticas y regulación, b) datos e información , c) estándares , d) mecanismos de divulgación y acceso, e) gestión del conocimiento, f) tecnologías geo-espaciales, y g) aplicación en dos casos específicos, siendo estos la gestión del riesgo y el ordenamiento territorial, ilustrando a través del Portal Geográfico Nacional (CONPES 3762 de 2013) y el Sistema de Información Geográfica para el Ordenamiento Territorial SIG OT, CONPES 3585 de 2009).

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BrazilEvent Number: SE 409/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.The challenge of Brazilian metropolises governanceSecretary of Institutional Relations of the Presidency of Brazil
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

Metropolitan areas tend to concentrate countries’ wealth and poverty, and Brazil is no different. But huge social inequalities in big cities are compounded by the complex Brazilian federative arrangement that recognizes municipalities as autonomous federal units.

Recently, Brazil’s Supreme Court concluded judgment on metropolitan regions, indicating that common interest services management should be made jointly by governments (regional governments) and municipalities (local governments). In addition, a bill that proposes the creation of a "statute of metropolises” transacts in the Brazilian Legislative, in order to establish a set of standards for the governance of Brazilian metropolitan areas.

In this context, good governance practices in large cities can point to replicable solutions of common problems of the present, contributing to more inclusive, sustainable and solidary cities.

The guests, representatives of the municipalities of the metropolitan areas of São Paulo, Porto Alegre and Goiânia, will report how they have organized themselves to plan urban development and supply of goods and services in metropolitan area. Presentations aim to demonstrate positive and negative aspects of how each metropolis is structured to meet the challenges of cooperation between different levels of government and citizen participation in formulating and implementing public policies.

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ArgentinaEvent Number: SE 509/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Challenges for the politics of public spaces in Latin America and EuropeNetwork-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (N-AERUS)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

The Free Chair for Public Space and Society at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at Vienna University of Technology cordially invite you to participate in the presentation of recent scientific results of the bilateral project between MINCYT - Argentina and BMWF - Austria. The scientific-technical cooperation was developed in a postcolonial and interculturalway. The project has investigated the effects of social movements on the changing (formal) politics of urban public spaces and has produced insights not only regarding both capital cities, but also concerning the politics of public spaces in Latin America and Europe.

The event addresses persons interested and involved in framing the politics of public urban spaces and links tendencies of economic globalization to local reactions. A debate centering on the interface of theory and practice will be launched, taking into account actors and interests from civil society, the state and markets and facilitating learning about theses issues and exchange with other world regions and cities.

The presentation will be organized by Dr. María Cristina Domínguez (UNLP - Argentina) and Dr. Sabine Knierbein (TUWIEN - Austria) and other guest speakers such as: Prof. Dr. Ali Madanipour (University of Newcastle upon Tyne – United Kingdom).

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USAEvent Number: SE 609/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Building Urban Equity in Latin American CitiesInter-American Development Bank
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

Around 75% of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean live in cities today. This region’s rapid urban growth has created development opportunities for millions of people, but also poses many challenges for local governments to deliver basic services and provide adequate levels of quality of life, while adapting to the growing effects of climate change. In 2011, the Inter-American Development Bank launched the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI), a multi-disciplinary approach to deal with these challenges in intermediate cities based on three pillars: urban, fiscal and environmental sustainability.

Through ESCI’s methodology, IDB specialists and urban experts work with local authorities to identify and prioritize the main issues that affect their cities and provide specific solutions to build a more sustainable and equitable future. Today, ESCI is implementing this approach in more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean cities, supported by strategic partnerships with local development banks, not-for-profit organizations, private sector institutions and academia. In the context of the World Urban Forum, we will present our methodology and impact in these cities by inviting some of our partners to share their stories on how to design, finance and monitor interventions that promote urban equity and sustainability in the region.

For more information, visit the IDB website.

This event is in Spanish;  translation into English will be provided. 

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FranceEvent Number: SE 709/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Urban regeneration of large scale social housing settlements as a major challenge to build more equitable citiesInstitut de Recherche pour le Developpement
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

The massive production of social housing is an option that was taken by many Latin American countries for the last decade to cope with the challenges of housing deficit and demand. It made it possible to produce large stocks of housing as well as to sustain national economies. Nevertheless, it led to a quick urban and social decay in the large scale social housing settlements that were built. Today, this decay needs to be addressed with innovative and participative regeneration plans aiming to integrate the settlements to the existing city. The French institute of investigation for development (IRD) with the help of the French embassy in Mexico has been leading a Franco Mexican dialog on this topic, mostly because France also went through massive production of social housing in its past. A third country has joined the debate: Chile, which has also been massively producing social housing and now faces the fast deterioration of its settlements. The side event will consist of a dynamic panel which will present and discuss the experience of the three countries with regards to massive social housing production impacts and large scale settlements regeneration.

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BelgiumEvent Number: SE 809/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Urban Equity: Looking back/Moving forwardN-Aerus (Network-Association for European Researchers on Urbanization in the South)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 8

By means of an in-depth presentation of quantitative and qualitative analysis of network activities and findings over time, the Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (N-AERUS) will present an overview of its investigations and action-research, with particular attention to urban equity. The side event will trigger discussion on how to prioritise research and practice components for an equitable urban development. This proposal stems from the fact that equity has not only augmented its prominence within the development policy agenda but has also increased its presence as a topic of inquiry within the network itself. Indeed, following the ‘rediscovery’ of the ‘informal city’, N-AERUS activities have debated urban inclusion, evaluated the impact of globalization on the city of the South, and focused on the ‘unequal’ city, denouncing its impact on sustainable urban development. As a network that is firmly committed to pro-life and pro-poor urban development, N-AERUS views this side event proposal as a further step in the more general reflection on how to endorse quality of life and equity as fundamental principles within future urban development. Network members from academia and development organizations will be sharing their experience in co-productive city-making practices with the objective of looking back on urban equity to move it forward as a priority in a post-2015 world.

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ChinaEvent Number: SE 909/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Urban Innovation and Inclusive GovernanceGuangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

In 2012, some 255 initiatives from 55 countries were submitted for the first Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. A two-step evaluation process resulted in 45 deserving initiatives and a short-listed 15 initiatives for further consideration. Twenty-seven of the 45 deserving city initiatives are addressing governance as their priority. And 12 of the 15 short-listed initiatives are clearly governance related.

There are three over-riding issues emerged from the short-listed innovations:

  • Social inclusion: Cities such as Kadikoy, Seoul and Vienna are devising innovative approaches to empowering citizens and new migrants and the poor in improving their living conditions. 
  • Resilience: Cities such as Singapore and Curitiba ecologically link urban planning to flood prevention and river management while Dakar paves roads with permeable paving stones to create jobs and help replenish the aquifer. 
  • Bridging the social and digital divides: Cities like Sabadell, Bremen and Kaohsiung are using ICT to realign more inclusive administrative services and to help disadvantaged families to access on-line services.


The City of Guangzhou, UCLG, Metropolis (the co-sponsors of the Award) and several World Urban Campaign partners will work together to organize a debate to probe deeper into lessons learned from best practices in urban innovation.

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DenmarkEvent Number: SE 1009/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.The missing piece in urban governance: Creating cities for life together with the young generationsUrbego, International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

Internationally it is recognized that sustainable development can only be achieved when citizens, governments, organized civil society and the private sector work together towards common goals. In the light of the recent events in the Arab States, Turkey, Brazil, India, Romania and other parts of the world, Urbego believes the missing link in the governance process across the world is the young generation of urban dwellers and has set to develop an index of youth engagement in urban governance across the globe.

The event will launch the underlying research and present a summary of the findings focusing on the main themes identified in Valencia, Spain and Medellin, Colombia.

The first part of the event will illustrate methods in action and introduce the debate on how participatory programmes and policy can be customized to meet local needs.

The organizers invite contributions and participants from all over the world representing city municipalities, NGOs, research and academic institutions as well as private sector representatives to talk about their knowledge and establish a city to city approach on the issue. The next participating cities will also be announced and interested contributors are kindly invited to join the discussion and subsequent research.

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South AfricaEvent Number: SE 1109/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Mass Housing Projects: Lived experiences from Chile, Mexico, Angola and South AfricaTown and Regional Planning Department, University of Sheffield and University of the Witwatersrand
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

This event brings into comparative perspective research findings from low-income housing developments in Mexico, Chile, Angola and South Africa. It will focus on state-sponsored mass housing programmes, and in particular the complex (or contradictory) outcomes for the occupants of these areas. Amongst the shared characteristics of this form of housing are the creation of new, relatively low density and low-rise neighbourhoods, the delivery of houses for ownership, and the provision of state assistance to qualifying beneficiaries. The panel draws on empirical material from six cities to explore the lived experiences of recipients after they have occupied the new developments. Recognising that there is comparatively little work available on this post-construction, post-receipt condition, the panel focuses on a range of concepts and experiences emerging from the research. These include, to varying extents across the countries, problems of affordability and indications of house abandonment, but also: housing transformations, attachment to state infrastructure, negotiation of old and new social statuses and a desire for ‘normalisation’, amongst other things. The panel probes what these practices, concerns and tensions suggest about state-funded mass housing developments.

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Sweden, KenyaEvent Number: SE 1209/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Can urban revitalization through dialogue battle inequality? Cases of dialogues from the burning suburbs of Stockholm, the relocation of the city of Kiruna to a grassroots driven urban transformation of NairobiWhite Arkitekter AB and GoDown Arts Centre
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 12

White Architects, Scandinavia's leading architectural firm, has long been aware of the necessity of consulting citizens at the early stage of a project. To learn about their hopes, needs and fears, the firm launched the Husby Dialog in 2009, reaching out to 11.000 residents. Four years later the Husby Riots drastically changed the context of the dialogues. What happend? Bringing with them lessons learned from previous dialogues, White Architects is presently involved in moving the entire Swedish city of Kiruna and its 18.000 residents. Caring for people's concerns and communicating this in the development plan is crucial.

Our exciting Kenyan partner, the GoDown Art Centre, located in the industrial area of Nairobi, is working for a more sustainable urban development in the area through the dialogue project Shukisha Nairobi (Next stop Nairobi). This exciting grassroots process facilitates dialogue through workshops, arts and creativity, giving both citizen's and politicans the power to make changes. We will discuss these three examples, highlighting the similar questions raised by the different dialogues. Who owns the city? Who are Nairobi, Kiruna and Husby? What is urban equity, and what should it look like in the future?

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NigeriaEvent Number: SE 1309/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Sustainable Urbanization and the Challenge of Affordable HousingNational Union of Tenants of Nigeria
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

In developing countries, high population pressure on housing has been responsible for slum-proliferation in cities and a factor that grew from “one-city” policy of development, under which all basic infrastructures and services are concentrated in cities – ignoring rural communities in development projects. Wherever this policy is practiced, the rural people are victims of social-exclusion and are presented with no option than to relocate to capital cities if they must partake in social/economic opportunities. This population shift has resulted in the building of crowded cities, leading to population pressure on low-income housing and the consequent high cost of rental, which leads to massive relocation to slums as an affordable housing option.

The overall effect of the situation is the creation of unsafe cities, as slums accelerate the breed of disease vectors/transmission of various diseases as well as provide fertile ground for youth recruitment into gangs engaged in urban crime/violence and anti-social behaviour that escalates to cities and makes them unwelcoming and socially ungovernable. This side-event, therefore, aims to broaden the participants’ understanding of sub-theme 6 of the World Urban Forum titled “Safer-Cities” and to explore answers to its attainment, using affordable-housing and slum-mitigation lenses.  

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UKEvent Number: SE 1410/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Future Cities Catapult: Collaborative innovation to solve urban challengesFuture Cities Catapult
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

The Future Cities Catapult is a global centre of excellence on urban innovation, a place where cities, businesses and universities develop together the solutions cities need for a strong economy, resilient environment and an improved quality of life. It focuses on 21st century urban innovation, helping cities take advantage of new technologies and new approaches to function in a more joined-up way. Its central London Innovation Centre and Cities Lab provide cutting-edge facilities for cross-disciplinary innovation.

During this session, a panel of speakers will discuss the processes that work for urban innovation around the world, encouraging networking between different city-practitioners, innovators and decision-makers. Participants will then be invited to offer their insights into ‘collaborative innovation that works’ during the remainder of the event.

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IsraelEvent Number: SE 1510/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Regenerative Resilient cities: Harnessing economic and regulatory strategy to produce equitable planning and design toolsIsraeli Government, Ministery of Construction and Housing
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

Situated on a geological rift between Africa and Asia; Israel is exposed to seismic risk. The Ministry of Construction and Housing has launched a regulatory and economic strategy that provides incentive to developers to strengthen existing buildings against disaster whilst gaining additional building rights. This tool is leveraged to achieve further national risk management requirements such as the need for in-house safety shelters. Within an holistic planning approach, this regulatory function provides a unique opportunity to facilitate a major face-lift for housing communities of varied socio-economic status; resulting in retrofit, upgrade and redesign of entire urban areas. This novel strategy can be applicable to ageing cities worldwide.

Speakers from local and national government will share examples and insight on how economic and regulatory multi-level policy can spur equitable development.

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BrazilEvent Number: SE 1610/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.International models of public transport faresNational Front of Mayors (Frente Nacional de Prefeitos - FNP)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

Urban mobility is one of the most important topics when we are discussing urban life and the right to come and go in our modern cities. Almost all metropolises in the world must rethink permanently its public transportation system and how to finance it. In Brazil, more than 1 million people went to the streets demanding better public services, including better public transportation. Moreover, the manifestations started due to an increase in bus and subway fares in Brazilian main cities.  

Nowadays, in Brazil, the operation of urban public transportation is funded in the most part by the resources of fares charged from passengers. However, in many cities throughout the world different models of funding are employed. Assuming that, city-to-city cooperation is an effective way of sharing experiences to improve the quality of public services, such as public transportation, this side event intend to discuss the alternatives of models of public transport fares that already work in many different cities throughout the world and metropolitan regions in order to improve the quality of public services, such as public transportation.

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ColombiaEvent Number: SE 1710/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Master Plan for Urban Drainage for the Aburrá ValleyEmpresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

Urban development has accelerated in the second half of the 20th century with a large concentration of population in small communities, impacting the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the people themselves thus causing floods, disease and loss of quality of life, and the impact of climate change in the regimes of hydrogeological systems.

To achieve efficient and sustainable solutions to the problems associated with urban flooding, it is necessary to act on the causes rather than the consequences, taking into consideration all the aspects involved. A Master Plan for Urban Drainage for the Aburrá Valley is very important, to be able to analyze and complement with the existing information, and expand the hydrometeorological studies, resulting in structural and non-structural solutions and propose alternatives for the areas of the city where flooding problems are concentrated. In addition, a model that allows the management of flooding within the Aburrá Valley needs to be institutional, regulatory and financial including the analysis of social components, environmental, hydrological and hydraulic is required.

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ColombiaEvent Number: SE 1810/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Opportunities for social and spatial equity: The bicycle, its new users and city movements in LAC cities (Mexico, DF, Bogotá, Lima, León and Cali)Fundación Ciudad Humana
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

This session will primarily discuss the relevance of the bicycle as an alternative mode of transportation that can promote more equity in contemporary cities. Based on a recent study that looks at the implementation of public bikes' systems and the extensive experience of Ciudad Humana in promoting bike in urban centers, the session will examine policy recommendation and strategic aspects for bikes to become a main mode of transport in Latin American cities.

Bike systems in cities promote equity because they allow low-income groups to save on a high-daily cost for them while providing environmental benefits to all. Nonetheless, biking infrastructure must be managed as relevant, if not more, as private car infrastructure and therefore, should connect lower-income communities and be linked with public transport and other mobility systems (sidewalks, public spaces). Also, safety and cultural norms need to be widely disseminated and appropriated among citizens for bikes to become a main mode of transport for all. Institutional relevance on bike management should also permeate local institutions to raise safety, infrastructure and environmental aspects derived from the daily use of bikes. Lastly, growing biking citizens’ movements, current biking routes and recreational ciclovias have demonstrated that citizens behave more as equals in these urban settings.

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CanadaEvent Number: SE 1910/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Inequality of access to resources in megacitiesUniversity of Toronto, Department of Civil Engineering
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

This event provides the first presentation of results from a study of the urban metabolism of the world's 27 megacities, supported by the Enel Foundation. An analysis of urban metabolism involves quantification of a city’s inputs, outputs and storage of energy, materials, nutrients, water, and wastes. Understanding energy and material flows through cities lies at the heart of developing sustainable cities. Measures of urban metabolism are fundamentally required to address concerns over the magnitudes and inequities of global resource flows, much of which are used to support life in cities.

The urban metabolism results include data on:

  • Resources, including energy, water, food and materials used to provide shelter, heating, mobility, nutrition and sanitation 
  • Rates of change of resource use access to water supply, power, internet, sewerage and waste collection 
  • Market structure of resource suppliers 
  • Adoption of potentially low carbon technologies including photovoltaics, and electric vehicles 


Following presentation of the survey findings, the panel will discuss the relevance of the results with respect to inequalities in and between megacities and the Habitat III development agenda.

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FinlandEvent Number: SE 2010/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.VTT's Ecocity approach to sustainable community and neighborhood regeneration and developmentVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the biggest multi-technological applied research organization in Northern Europe. VTT has done research on different aspects of sustainable building for decades. The present focus is increasingly stretched towards sustainable neighborhoods also covering infrastructure and economic and social assessment.

Based on the wide expertise accumulated, and building on recent experiences carried within EU, as well as in China, Russia, Finland, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Libya and Zambia, VTT’s EcoCities provide a framework for sustainable community and neighborhood regeneration and development fitting well into emerging economies and developing countries. EcoCities is built around a strong collaboration with reliable local partners to answer to local needs. Our EcoCity approach is flexible allowing the implementation of expert solutions meeting local conditions and customized to varying socio-economic realities worldwide.

The purpose of this event is to share VTT’s experience in EcoCity projects with interested stakeholders and to build synergies with other actors also committed to provide solutions for more equitable, inclusive and liveable cities. It will also address how sustainable housing and urbanization can contribute to sustainable social and economic development of nations. Invited speakers highlighting the challenges from different perspectives are expected to provide a platform for vivid discussion. 

See the event flyer: English | Spanish

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GermanyEvent Number: SE 2110/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Reducing social and physical fragmentation through the Lima Ecological Infrastructure Strategy (LEIS)Institute of Landscape planning and ecology - Architecture and Urban Planning Faculty, University of Stuttgart
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 8

Due to the limited water resources in Metropolitan Lima and inefficiency in their use, a new approach to urban planning and urban design is needed that combines a conceptual strategy based on the flows of water and the provision of ecosystem services. The project "Sustainable Water and Wastewater Management in Urban Growth Centres Coping with Climate Change - Concepts for Lima Metropolitana (Peru) - (LiWa)" aims at sustainable planning and management of one of the crucial lifelines - water and sanitation. Within LiWa integrated planning strategies and tools were developed considering the uncontrolled urban growth, land use and limited water resources in metropolitan Lima and Callao. Thus new landscape planning and design tools were developed to establish a multifunctional spatial framework to link urban development with the consideration of optimized water use. Building upon the existing concepts of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and Green Infrastructure adapted to the arid climate conditions, the Lima Ecological Infrastructure Strategy (LEIS) has been developed. LEIS aims to provide guiding principles, tools and manual for the establishment of multifunctional open space system framing the future urban development and contributing to the urban water cycle reducing physical and social fragmentation in the city.

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IndiaEvent Number: SE 2210/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Report Release: Scaling up of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology dissemination in urban poor housholds in developing cities The Gold Standard Foundation
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

The Gold Standard Foundation has carried out a ground-level research study to investigate the opportunities for sustainable, low carbon urban development in developing cities, in relation to the distribution of cleaner technologies and other interventions, in combination, at scale among the Urban Poor households in Developing Cities. It then examined the feasibility of using an innovative result-based finance approach versus existing Programme of Activities mechanisms. The research was funded by WWF Netherlands.

The study examines as to why Carbon Finance has not been able to deliver significant results in the Urban Environment. The report also contains the framework for development of similar future activities in various developing cities across the world.

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MexicoEvent Number: SE 2310/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Mexico: Sustainable housing for low-income householdsINFONAVIT - Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la vivienda de los trabajadores (National Workers Housing Fund Institute)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

Since 2008, the Mexican government started to develop public policies to promote sustainable housing. Such policies include the Green Mortgage Programme by the Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers (INFONAVIT), which offers additional credit for low-income households, often combined with federal government subsidies, so that Mexican workers can acquire a house with technologies that reduce its overall consumption of energy and water.

Supported by the German Government (BMZ) and the British Government, INFONAVIT has developed the Green House Evaluation System “SISEVIVE-ECOCASA” which rates the environmental performance (energy & water) of new houses, focusing on the total energy demand based on the “whole house approach”. This concept is also being applied by the Mexican Housing NAMA, which is initiating the transformation of the entire Mexican social housing sector.

In 2012, Mexico, Colombia, and Germany initiated a “Triangular Cooperation Agreement” to transfer the Mexican knowledge and practical experience on sustainable housing to Colombia. In return, the Colombian National Planning Department (DNP) transfers its knowledge and experience on sustainable urban development and rehabilitation policies to Mexico. In order to spread this successful scheme to other interested countries in Latin America, the Triangular Cooperation is creating and promoting the RED LAC.

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ChinaEvent Number: SE 2410/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Sustainable Transport in the Post 2015 Development Agenda: Clean, Safe and Affordable Transport for all - Ways forwardPartnership on sustainable transport (SLOCAT)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) – www.slocat.net, was instrumental in raising the profile of sustainable transport at the Rio+20 conference; including the $175 billion Voluntary Commitment for more sustainable transport by eight of the largest Multilateral Development Banks.

For the transport sector to make a meaningful contribution to the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda it will be of key importance to fully mainstream poverty in all aspects of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of transport policy, programs and projects.

The side event, which will have representation from governments, UN, MDBs, NGOs and academe present and solicit inputs on: the draft Results Framework on Sustainable Transport for the Post 2015 Development Agenda. The Results Framework is currently being developed by SLoCaT to optimize the possible contribution of sustainable transport towards the realisation of the post-2015 Development Agenda that is currently being discussed by a special Open Working Group of the United Nations General Assembly.

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USAEvent Number: SE 2510/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Going for Gold: Best Practices in equitable transit-oriented development Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 12

Hundreds of millions are expected to join the world urban population in the next few decades. The urban development and urban mobility patterns set in the cities and districts built to house them will have long lasting local and global consequences.

In this session, ITDP will introduce the TOD Standard, a new tool to help shape and assess urban development with built-in sustainable urban mobility options.

Scorecards for 50 best-in-class recently built development projects from cities around the world will be revealed, providing a snapshot of the state of the art, and perspectives on the way forward. Gold, silver, and bronze TOD Standard recognitions will be announced.

The panelists and the public will discuss the pragmatic tools and methods further needed to shift away from the 20th century car-centric, socially exclusive model of development towards the walking, cycling and transit-oriented city of the future.

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USAEvent Number: SE 2610/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Forging a new global partnership for cities in the Post 2015 Development AgendaNatural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) & the Governance, Environment and Markets (GEM) Initiative at Yale University
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

This event will explore the critical role of cities and subnational governments in forging a “New Global Partnership” for the post-2015 development agenda. Given that local action within cities is a significant driver of implementation for national and global goals and plans of action, forging genuine and durable partnerships with and between local governments will be critical to the collective success of the post-2015 development agenda and climate change mitigation and adaptation. This side-event provides a timely opportunity to discuss how to integrate unilateral commitments and multi-stakeholder partnerships into the architecture of these two processes. A panel of distinguished speakers – providing perspectives from national and local governments, NGOs and the academic realm – will initiate an interactive dialogue to explore the way forward in creating a results-oriented framework that includes cities at the very core of the vision and implementation of action on sustainable development and climate change.

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BrazilEvent Number: SE 2711/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Citizen security in the city: What works in crime prevention?Igarapé Institute (Secretariat for the Global Commission on Drug Policy)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 1

Latin America and African cities are currently facing common challenges of urban crime, violence and insecurity. Violence imposes huge economic, social and institutional burdens. It also disproportionately affects the most vulnerable population groups, such as the poor and the elderly. Many metropolitan governments have responded by devoting significant resources to a variety of crime prevention policies and programs. Yet it is still hard to determine their impact on real and perceived security. The Citizen Security in the City panel is organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Igarapé Institute, German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and the African Police Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and critically reflects on citizen security lessons emerging from the Americas and Africa. Four selected mayors from cities in both Latin America and Africa will focus on the ways in which local governments, businesses and civil society agencies are experimenting to prevent crime. With inputs from urban security specialists, the discussion will consider the impacts of violence in cities, the ways to manage governance challenges and ensuring effective responses, emerging lessons and insights, and opportunities to scale-up successful models.

For more information visit Igarapé Institute's website.

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ColombiaEvent Number: SE 2811/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Resilient Cities Facing Risks and Global ChangePrevention and Emergency Attention Fund - FOPAE; Risk Management and Climate Change District Institute - IDIGER
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 2

The local authorities of three cities will launch in Medellin a joint urban resilient strategy framed by the Millennium Development Goals, the principles agreed in the Mexico City Pact in 2010, the Bogotá Declaration "Human Cities confronting Climate Change” in 2012 and the Hyogo Framework of Action to be revised in 2015.

Bogotá Capital District (D.C.) is promoting a compact city model, ordered around water resources, reducing urban inequities with social inclusion and strengthening public domain over private interests. These same principles and guidelines are being considered and implemented by cities such as Mexico and Lima. A common view for Latin American and Caribbean Cities is getting built with a perspective of resilience, based on the need of environmental sustainability, tropical biodiversity management, urban- regional adaptation to global change and integrated risk management approaches.

The International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction - UNISDR with its Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient”, UN-Habitat and its program “City Resilience Profiling Programme”, the United Nations Environment Program, UNEP and the French Development Agency -AFD, are encouraging local governments and network initiatives that share those similar principles and guidelines.

The co-organizers of this event appeal for local and regional government representatives and other key actors engaged in sustainable urban development, to build a "Latin American and Caribbean Resilient Cities Network” and identify common goals, share experiences and mainstream their achievements in the international agenda.

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ColombiaEvent Number: SE 2911/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.VII Foro Urbano MundialMinisterio de la Defensa Nacional
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 3

El plan nacional de vigilancia comuntaria por cuadrantes se implementó por parte de la Dirección General de la Policía Nacional de Colombia en febrero de 2010, y se implantó a partir de julio del mismo año en los ocho departamentos de Policía Metropolitana. El objetivo del PNVCC es optimizar el servicio a través de la delimitación del territorio en las ciudades en jurisdicciones pequeñas denominadas cuadrantes. El tamaño de cada cuadrante depende de las tasas de actividad delictiva y de otros factores particulares al área, por ejemplo, en las zonas con altas tasas delictivas los cuadrantes son de 4 o 5 cuadras, mientras que en las zonas con bajas tasas delictivas los cuadrantes tienen entre 25 y 30 cuadras. La delimitación de los cuadrantes en pequeñas zonas geográficas permiten a la Policía planear el servicio con base a diagnósticos profundos sobre el crimen, contravenciones, condiciones sociales, geográficas y otros factores. Esto permite un análisis detallado de cada cuadrante, y de este modo un esfuerzo coordinado para resolver los problemas en conjunto con otros departamentos de la Policía Nacional y otras entidades públicas.

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MexicoEvent Number: SE 3011/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Local Action, Global Prevention: Young people as agents of change (Spanish only)Subsecretaría de Prevención y Participación Ciudadana de la Secretaría de Gobernación de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 4

Violence and crime are increasing specifically in urban cities; these social phenomena are consequences of a variety of social risk factors that arise in certain places and people. These risk factors frequently are linked to inequity, unemployment, drugs, alcohol, home and gender violence and others.

As these factors appear in every city with high rates of crime and violence, they are different; this difference depends on the context and some specificity of the people, cities, weather, urban design, etc.

To reduce risk factors it is necessary to create public policies based on evidence. Such evidence must be obtained from the people that are in contact with such risk factors because they have the solution and the key to reduce them.

From now on policies that involve the reduce of risk factors that generate crime and violence has two allies, in one hand there is young local actors and citizen organizations with a variety of creative solutions that can be applied in every other city or territory and also help to develop new strategies that can work to prevent crime and violence, on the other hand we have communication and information technologies that can help to enhance the evidence obtained by this local actors into a scientific and proved one.

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ItalyEvent Number: SE 3111/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.City and Women: Gender approach in urban planning and territorial management Medina, Associazione per la Cooperazione Tra I Popoli
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 5

The event will present the very innovative experience in participatory urban planning with Gender approach of the "Ciudad y Mujeres " an ongoing project financed by European Union, in Santiago de Cali and La Antigua Guatemala.

We will present the strategies implemented by the project in order to see to it that the needs and proposals of women, indigenous and other marginalized groups are included in the planning construction tools enable to strength their capacities for influencing diagnostic processes, urban design and urban policy.

It describes the activities and the developed dynamics in the neighborhood, showing the creation of the supporting network of the project, describing the feedback from the community and institutions, during the main phases, from the data collection, highlighting the critical aspects and the opportunities, through the elaboration of community strategies and solutions and by the restitution of the collected information and suggestions and the creation of a specific urban planning tool with a gender focus.

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GermanyEvent Number: SE 3211/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Tomorrow is too late: How to make cities and metropolitan regions more resilientCity of Bonn, in cooperation with German Development Corporation (BMZ, GIZ, KfW), the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 6

The 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC projected that climate change will lead to far-reaching consequences for urban and metropolitan regions. While many of the world’s large urban areas are located in high risk regions, accelerating urbanisation in smaller cities is an increasing concern – particularly in regions which are not equipped to cope with climate events and disasters. High population density and concentration of economic assets in urban areas increases and intensifies climate induced losses and damages. Thus, vulnerability becomes a defining theme of urban resilience and disaster risk reduction in coming decades.

It is therefore essential for today’s key stakeholders to understand how to make cities and metropolitan regions more resilient. Their decisions must be based on a profound understanding about concrete fields of action, climate scenarios and risk information as well as about infrastructure investments and concrete solutions.

The event highlights the importance of climate resilience strategies in cities and metropolitan regions, offering concrete solutions on achieving such strategy. Mr Jürgen Nimptsch (Mayor of Bonn), Ms Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies) and Ms Martha Delgado (ICLEI, Mexico) present experiences and action oriented research made in Bonn, its partner cities and on a global scale as well as knowledge of Bonn-based actors and networks. Being a platform for debate on urban resilience, Bonn serves as a role model of the ISDR “Resilient Cities” campaign.

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HaitiEvent Number: SE 3311/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Raising Equity in Haiti: adaptive response to inequalities as the pathway for transition from emergency to developmentJ/P Haitian Relief Organization
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 7

In 2010, Sean Penn immediately mobilized volunteers to provide emergency assistance to post-earthquake Haiti. Today, this team, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), works through four integrated programs: Medical, Camp & Relocations Management, Community Development and Engineering & Construction to support families as they transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to resilient, sustainable and prosperous communities.

This interactive event will invite the audience to confront different moments over the course of the first four years of earthquake response. Participants will be challenged to collaborate and present potential next-steps, interventions and solutions based on situational analyses drawn from unique turning points in Haiti. In the process, the J/P HRO team will share how they successfully supported all of the nearly 60,000 internally displaced people in the camps that they managed to return home. The event will explore lessons learned, missteps, challenges and outputs while tracing how participatory collaboration with the community and local government informed an adaptive approach to various (and unequal) obstacles. Ultimately the event seeks to generate dialogue and innovation for future response efforts by following J/P HRO’s evolution from a fledgling emergency response team to a community development organization at the forefront of Haiti’s recovery.

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Event Number: SE 3411/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.CANCELLED
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IndonesiaEvent Number: SE 3511/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Improving the lives of urban poor and marginalizedDirectorate of Settlement Development, Directorate General of Human Settlement, Ministry of Public Works
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 9

Urban activities, including economic growth of Indonesia have contributed to increased urbanization and the demand for urban basic services and housing. The impacts of climate change have also increased the demand for better settlements and urban basic services. The growth of urban slums and squatter settlements in many Indonesian cities has provided the poor with access to affordable housing, but at the cost of environmental degradation and lower quality of life.

Various initiatives have been undertaken by the government in tackling the growth of urban slums, by involving local communities in cooperation with NGOs, academics, the local government, and the private sector.

Government initiatives to improve the quality of life of slum dwellers include:

  • Improving the economy and productivity of the community 
  • Providing decent urban basic services 
  • Increasing the role of women and youth in community activities
  • Increasing public awareness on decent housing, sanitation and environment 


This side-event will share Indonesia's experiences in community-based slum upgrading. This event will be complemented with the launching of a report on best-practices and lessons learned in community-based slum upgrading in Indonesia.

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ColombiaEvent Number: SE 3611/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Más allá de la construcción de vivienda: La construcción equitativa de comunidades sostenibles en países en desarrollo (El caso colombiano)Cámara Colombiana de la Construcción
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 10

The national program of 100 thousand subsidized-houses given by the Colombian government to people in vulnerability, extreme poverty and victims of violence, has in fact become a great challenge on space development, equity and welfare among these families. In this regard, the housing projects development, contributing to social cohesion, is way beyond of building high quality projects.

The National Chamber of Construction, aware of the commitment of their affiliates with the development of spaces and urban sustainable cities, has been leading the program “We are all community” attempting to empower and strengthen those inhabitants benefiting from subsidized-houses and their neighbours, through coexistence, appropriation and maintenance, to promote the progress of welfare spaces, integral development and their social cohesion for “cities for life” from a local to national scope.

While the program is led by the private sector, it is jointly run within governmental entities such as City Halls, NGOs, the Ministry of Housing and the National Agency to Overcome Extreme Poverty, ANSPE. It has encouraged promotion of the state’s social offer and its alienation with construction and private developers, creating sustainable equitable places as well as social welfare to reduce possible problems associated with spatial marginalization, urban slums and exclusion.

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United States of AmericaEvent Number: SE 3711/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Barrio Mio: Lessons Learned in Urban Upgrading and Disaster Risk ReductionProject Concern International
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 11

This presentation and discussion will cover the lessons learned from Barrio Mio, a project implemented in Guatemala designed to generate models for upgrading high risk urban informal areas, with involvement from national ministries, municipal leaders, community members, and the private sector. The project is being implemented by PCI with funding from USAID/OFDA, and in partnership with the municipality of Mexico, national ministries, universities, private sector companies, and local communities. Presenters will share experiences with enumeration, the collection and use of data for decision making in urban planning; the neighborhood approach to designing safer urban settlements; barriers and proposed solutions to lower cost loans for safe land; and taking upgrading to scale.

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BangladeshEvent Number: SE 3811/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Trend of Urbanization: Past, Present and FutureBangladesh Municipal Development Fund (BMDF)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 12

Urbanization is happening all over the world. The Side Event "Urbanization: Past, present and future" focuses on the development of cities from the cradle of civilization to today's engines of growth. The city offers many the possibility of a better life. It attracts people in both developed and developing countries who are often drawn to it by job opportunities or public services. The increase in population puts pressure on urban authorities and their capacity to deliver services such as housing, water and sanitation, roads etc. This often leads to the unplanned expansion of cities, creating areas charactarized by subpar housing construction and lack of access to services like public health care. 

The pressure on developing countries caused by urbanization combined with their financial and technical constraints necessitates the need to seek support from development partners. Urban policy makers must find a way to ensure hygenic, sustainable and comfortable for all of their residents. Cities who face rapid urbanization must develop plans for this expansion. The Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund has adopted a master plan as the foundation for its urban policy and infrastructure development. The Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund (BMDF) serves to finance projects and offer training and advisement. 

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PalestineEvent Number: SE 3911/04/201412:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m.Preserving the cultural heritage of Hebron old cityHebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC)
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Yellow Pavilion - Room 13

The Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC), the winner of the 2013 World Habitat Award, will present its revitalization program in the Old City of Hebron.

For the 18 years since its establishment in 1996, the HRC has been combining social housing with rehabilitation of built cultural heritage. Through a sensitive rehabilitation and restoration process using traditional techniques and materials, over 1,000 housing units in previously mostly abandoned and decayed buildings have been renovated and are now inhabited by approximately 6,000 people. To ensure the vitality of the community, HRC has started recently to engage in projects to improve the local economy in order to reduce unemployment and poverty. These projects include shop renovations, rehabilitation of cultural monuments, signposting the Old City and creating services for visitors in order to encourage tourism in the area.

During this event, a representative of the HRC will describe the unique approach to housing and heritage preservation the Committee applies in the Old City of Hebron and the way it copes with the obstacles to its work posed by the political situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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