WUF7 Urban Library Events April 7-11



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Chile11/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.CREO Antofagasta - Un plan de acción público-privado para mejorar la calidad de vidaCREO Antofagasta
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Urban Library

A Public Private Initiative to improve quality of life in Antofagasta, the mining capital of Chile. This novel Plan aims to make Antofagasta the most livable city in Chile by 2035 through urban interventions, active citizen engagenment, and a public-private delivery organisation. 

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Belgium07/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Planning: Principles and Local ActionsECTP-CEU
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

WITH or WITHOUT ROOF. Mechanisms for improving the Habitat in Latin America FIU Campaign The “Social Production of Habitat” developed in the last few years in Latin America is based on the leading role of stakeholders, inhabitants of slums, in their political capacity for self-organizing, self-management and the self-building of their own habitat. It is an innovative method, unknown in industrialized developed countries.

CHARTER OF EUROPEAN PLANNING. ECTP-CEU Spatial Planning is vital to the future of our cities and regions. The Charter of Euro-pean Planning is a call to action to all whose policies will shape the future of a di-verse European Continent. People within governments, local authorities, agencies, civil society, NGOs and the private sector are invited to value planning as a positive tool, so actors in other continents can find inspiration in this Charter

CORREGIDORA, (MÉXICO), A PROSPERITY CITY ACTION PLAN. FIU and ECTP-CEU An urban Prosperity approach is based on a holistic and integrated method which is essential for the promotion of collective well-being and fulfilment of all. Cities Prosperity are expected to work simultaneously in five dimensions: productivity, infrastructure, quality of life, equity and environmental sustainability.

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Brazil07/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.The Atlas of the Human Development in Brazil – International Web Platform LaunchInstituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

The event, promoted by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), a federal public Brazilian think tank linked to the Strategic Affairs Secretariat of the Presidency, and by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Brazil, will hold the launch of the International Web Platform of the Atlas of the Human Development. The event includes presentations and videos concerning the use and features of the Web Platform that is available in Portuguese, English and Spanish. The Web Platform gives access to more than 200 social and economic variables and indicators, for the municipal level, extracted from the Brazilian Census. During the event, there will be a short teaser presentation of the Metropolitan Platform, that will be launched in June 3rd, which brings the same variables and indicators to 16 Brazilian Metropolitan Regions, in an intra-municipal level (Human Development Unity – UDH). All this architecture is a result of more than 2 years of work, from IPEA, UNDP Brazil and João Pinheiro Foundation, with collaboration with more than 20 institutions that carried out the activities in each Metropolitan Region.

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USA07/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Value sharing: An international perspectiveLincoln Institute of Land Policy
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Local governments design a broad range of policies and instruments inspired by the idea of land value sharing, including impact fees and betterment contributions, other regulatory charges on building rights, and land readjustment. These policies are gaining interest as a tool to promote urban equity and expand access to urban infrastructure and services by the urban poor. The main purpose of this roundtable session is to discuss the increasing relevance of value capture, qualifying at the same time the potential for international transfer of ideas. Among the critical issues informing the public debate on value sharing policies and tools in different regions, the panel will highlight the gentrification challenges in the application of value sharing tools in urban regeneration projects; the potential of leasing and property taxes to promote value sharing; the contribution of these instruments to promote more transparent and accountable public decision-making; existing common-sense practices or de facto value sharing tools; and creative win-win options to overcome the legal non-compliance issues related to value sharing. The proposed debate will suggest the optimal conditions for international transfer of value sharing ideas.

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USA07/04/201404:00 p.m.-05:00 p.m.Vil pou tout - Cities for all: Towards more equitable and resilient communities through secure and transparent land rights in HaitiHabitat for Humanity International
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

The Haiti Property Law Working Group (HPLWG), a multisectoral volunteer coalition working to improve the efficiency and transparency of land tenure systems in Haiti, will launch the second manual in a series, titled Securing Land Rights. Through examples from a variety of neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, we will illustrate how land rights pose an obstacle to urban development and propose strategies for increasing transparency and equity in land management. A Q&A will follow.

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USA08/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Expanding the rental housing market in Latin America and the Caribbean: Policy optionsBanco Interamericano De Desarrollo (BID)
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) continue to confront large housing shortages and declining housing affordability for low-income families. The housing deficit in the region reaches 54 million households in the region, that is, 37% of the total. In addition, spatial segregation of the poor and increasing urban sprawl have become features of LAC’s cities. Addressing LAC’s most pressing housing problems only through traditional homeownership policies will continue to be very costly, highly regressive and, most likely, ineffective. Formal ownership remains unaffordable for most low-income households, even in the presence of up-front capital subsidies. In addition, for some families, homeownership is not convenient in terms of location, transaction costs, and flexibility. Experience in developed countries suggests that a well-functioning rental market is a critical component of an effective, flexible and inclusive housing system. (Inter-American Development Bank [IDB], 2012)

In this event the IDB will launch a book describing the key findings and recommendations of a two year research project investigating the rental market in LAC. In addition, current efforts to implement policies to stimulate the rental housing market in different countries in LAC will be presented.

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Venezuela08/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.Research and Policy findings on income inequality in Latin American cities and lunching of the book "reduciendo la brecha urbana del ingreso"CAF
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

More information coming soon. 

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GLOBAL08/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the CaribbeanFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

In 2009, representatives of 12 Latin America and the Caribbean countries met in Medellín to develop strategies for reducing high rates of urban poverty and food insecurity across the region. Their Medellín Declaration urged national, state and local governments to incorporate urban and peri-urban agriculture, or UPA, into their programmes for eradicating hunger and poverty. Five years later, a new FAO report reviews the progress that has been made toward realizing Medellín’s vision of “greener cities” – ones in which urban and peri-urban agriculture is recognized by public policy, included in urban development strategies, supported by agricultural research and extension, and linked to sources of training, technological innovation, investment and credit, and to urban markets and consumers. It also explores the important role of UPA in building resilient, sustainable “city-region food systems” that are incorporated fully into urban planning and ensure food security, contribute to urban and rural livelihoods, and protect the environment. The report is based on an FAO survey of UPA in 110 of the region’s towns, municipalities and cities. It includes in-depth profiles of agriculture as it is practised today in and around Havana, Mexico City, Antigua and Barbuda, Tegucigalpa, Managua, Quito, Lima, El Alto (Bolivia), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Rosario (Argentina).

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Colombia08/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Environmental criteria for design and construction of urban housingMinisterio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

This book promotes the need for consistency among the decisions of the actors involved in urban housing production, including planning, design and construction. The publication of the Colombian Ministry of Environment includes environmental data sheets as well as good environmental practices, with a focus on sustainable architecture criteria.

The criteria are developed around thematic subjects - including water, land, materials and energy - under three environmental goals: the rational use of natural resources, optimal construction alternatives, minimizing environmental impact. These respond as well to a proposal of climatic zoning for Colombia, establishing four main climatic zones to implement. Criteria are presented in aggregate as voluntary tools for promoting environmental sustainability of buildings, which in turn contributes to improving the quality of urban living. Its main functional focus is to promote their adoption by the different actors involved in the design, construction and use of urban housing. The aim is to strengthen the builder sector in urban areas, promoting in turn a greater understanding of the environmental dimension and the development of incentives for environmentally sustainable construction.

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TBD08/04/201404:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m.Take Back the Land! The Social Function of Land and Housing, Resistances & AlternativesCITEGO - Cities Territories Governance, www.citego.info
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

This publication is based on one-year’s work, gathering thirty contributions from researchers, activists, civil society actors, networks leaders, besides the contribution of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing as well as of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. If land, whether rural or urban, were viewed as playing an essential role in all human beings’ life, just like air or water, and its value in use outweighed its exchange value, wouldn’t our cities and countryside look completely different ? This issue sheds light on analysis, experiences and alternatives regarding the progress of the social function of land and housing worldwide. Its singularity is linked to its insight into a potential alliance between inhabitants and peasants, between rural and urban issues. Thus, it constitutes an advocacy tool for the organisations that strongly claim for the social function of land, the housing rights and the right to land. This issue is the result of a collective work coordinated by Charlotte Mathivet from AITEC-HIC in the framework of the Coredem, a collective initiative of knowledge sharing coordinated by Ritimo. supported the publication and publishes all the articles freely online (Creative Commons).

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GLOBAL08/04/201405:15 p.m.-06:15 p.m.Access to adequate shelter: Buildind a Foundation to break the poverty cycle 2nd Latin-American and the Caribbean Forum on Access to Adequate Shelter Launch EventHabitat for Humanity International - Latin America and the Caribbean Region
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

The 2nd Latin America and the Caribbean – LA/C Forum on Access to Adequate Shelter to be held in 2015 will be launched by Habitat for Humanity International and co-organizers. A keynote speaker will frame the event highlighting the role that shelter plays in social progress, urban equity, and prosperity of cities. The learning from policies and programs discussed in previous forums in Europe and Central Asia, LA/C, and Asia/Pacific will be presented highlighting their contribution to overcome poverty in slums, gender inequalities, inequity in cities, and the urban divide.

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GLOBAL08/04/201408:30 a.m.-09:30 a.m.Urban Planning for city Leaders book launchUN-Habitat
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

UN-Habitat, with support from Instituto de desarrollo Urbano de Bogota (IDU) launches the Spanish version of the guide Urban Planning for City Leaders, aimed at providing local leaders and decision makers with the tools to support urban planning good practice. The guide was produced with the financial support from Siemens AG and Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA). More than half of the world's population already lives in cities and it is expected that in the next 20 years, that figure will rise to two-thirds of the population. Although relevant to cities of all sizes, the guide targets intermediate cities – those with populations of between 20,000 and two million people – in developing and emerging economies in particular, where the majority of urban growth is taking place. The guide puts early urban planning at the centre of preparations for this growth.

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USA08/04/201409:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Designing Urban TransformationGraduate Program In Urban Practice, Parsons The New School For Design
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

This is an interactive book launch, and includes a stimulating audiovisual presentation, a lively discussion, and a social reception. The book launch is the basis for sharing critical information and exchanging ideas about how city-design-and-building processes can be transformative; that is how they fundamentally improve the lives of the people who live and work in cities. Such transformative processes engage directly with social structures, political decision-making and creative design strategies in innovative ways.

The book, “Designing Urban Transformation”, addresses the incredible potential of design and urban practice to radically change cities for the better. It focuses on a powerful question, “What can urbanism be?” by arguing that the most significant transformations occur by radically rethinking concepts, practices, and outcomes in city-design-and-building processes. The creative imaginations of designers can combine with innovative social and political processes to yield dramatic new and more equitable outcomes in cities.

Drawing inspiration from the philosophical movement known as Pragmatism, the book proposes three conceptual shifts for transformative urban practice:- beyond material objects: city as flux; beyond intentions: consequences of design; and beyond practice: urbanism as creative political act. Analyses of actual urban initiatives and projects in Barcelona, Belo Horizonte, Boston, Cairo, Karachi, Los Angeles, New Delhi, and Paris illuminate how these conceptual shifts operate in vastly different contexts.

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USA09/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Towards The Second Assessment Report (ARC3-2) Of The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)Urban Climate Change Research Network (uccrn), Columbia University
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Cities are emerging as the 'first responders' to climate change. The First UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), published in 2011 and containing ~50 city adaptation and mitigation case studies, represents a four-year effort by 100+ scholars in both developing and developed countries, and is the first-ever global, interdisciplinary, cross-regional, science-based assessment to address climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, and policy mechanisms relevant to cities. The UCCRN is now launching the next installment in this ongoing series, the Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2), scheduled for publication in 2015.

The Co-Directors of UCCRN ARC3-2 will introduce the report and will describe the results of the ARC3-2 Initiating Workshop, held in NYC in Sept. 2013 and attended by over 100 developed and developing country urban climate change scholars and practitioners. They will discuss the main content, analytical breadth, and the anticipated challenges in building of the main sections of ARC3-2, including interdisciplinary methods and tools to analyze cross-cutting processes driving climate change and sustainable development; climate science and disaster risk management; urban infrastructure; urban ecosystems; and governance, policy and finance.

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Spain09/04/201412:15 p.m.-01:15 p.m.Basic services for all in an Urbanizing World. Presentation of the UCLG Third Global Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy (GOLD III)Diputacio de Barcelona
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Basic services for All in an Urbanizing World” is the title of the Third Global Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy (GOLD III). The Diputacio de Barcelona (Barcelona Provincial Council), as Chair of the UCLG Committee on Decentralisation and Local Self- Government, is proud to present this publication, the GOLD III Report. The event will include a brief presentation of Joan Carlos Garcia (Diputació Barcelona, Mayor of Tordera and UCLG Decentralization Committee) and Sergio Galilea (International Expert and author of the Report).

This publication is one of the main sources of information about local governments in the world. The Third GOLD Report focuses on access to basic services and the process of global urbanization, analyzing the role of local governments in the provision of services. The content of this report is directly related to the main theme of the World Urban Forum 7, as urban equity is based on the ability of local governments to provide basic services to citizens. Getting a better quality of life and improving local democracy and well-being are the main goals of this publication.

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TBD09/04/201401:30 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Future Proofing Cities – Creating liveable and inclusive cities fit for the futureAtkins
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Atkins and partners will present emerging findings from future proofing projects in Colombia, India and Nigeria. Our presentation will demonstrate the power of an integrated approach to planning cities and aligning finance and implementation mechanisms to accelerate social and economic growth.

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TBD09/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.A Tale of 10 Cities: Findings from the Informal Economy Monitoring StudyWomen in informal employment: Globalizing and Organizing / African Centre for Cities
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

How do urban policies and practices, economic trends and value chain dynamics impact informal employment in the global South, and how can urban policies and practices respond effectively to the growing informal workforce? The global policy-research network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) and our partners in the Inclusive Cities project have systematically gathered data to answer these questions. The study was conducted in 10 cities - Accra (Ghana), Ahmedabad (India), Bangkok (Thailand), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Bogotá (Colombia), Durban (South Africa), Lahore (Pakistan), Lima (Peru), Nakuru (Kenya), and Pune (India). WIEGO worked directly with membership-based organizations of home-based workers, street vendors and waste pickers to conduct this research. At this celebratory event, WIEGO will briefly present an overview of findings with a particular emphasis on recommendations for policymakers, urban activists and city planners. Study reports and recommendations will be distributed in a digitized format (USB drive) in multiple languages. We will be advertising this both on www.wiego.org and www.inclusivecities.org

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UK09/04/201404:00 p.m.-05:00 p.m.Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellin and SoachaDevelopment Planning Unit, University College London
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

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TBD09/04/201405:15 p.m.-06:15 p.m.How can cities become more equitable on a continent where 110 million people live in informal settlements?TECHO
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

TECHO, together with the United Nations Global Compact Cities Program (UNGCCP), will present the work that TECHO has done and continues to do in informal settlements in 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

TECHO will show concrete examples and stories of its experiences and lessons learned in permanent housing projects in Chile and the subsequent expansion of the model into Argentina and Uruguay, always keeping at the center of its work the needs of and opportunities coming from community members. The presentation will highlight the results of TECHO’s work through projects that give permanent housing solutions to people living in informal settlements which thus helps them become better integrated into their city and gives them more opportunities for a better quality of life.

In addition, TECHO and UNGCCP will present their joint research project that analyzes strategies to optimize the affordability of housing over time to improve energy efficiency and daily use by residents to obtain the best benefit economically and socially. Examples of good practices are useful for TECHO’s future projects as well as for other organizations working in the same area.

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Spain09/04/201408:30 a.m.-09:30 a.m.Cities and the Ten Principles of the UN Global CompactUniversal Forum of Cultures Foundation, Barcelona
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Launch of the book Global Compact Guide for Local Government. Converting the Global Compact into Good Practice. It is a guide to help local governments apply the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact It is also a step forward because it contributes to local governments becoming actors with greater capacity, not only the required macro management policy but to tackle specific issues that cannot be addressed nationally.

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Ecuador09/04/201409:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Noteworthy Instruments in Urban InterventionBanco Del Estado
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Banco del Estado, the Ecuadorian Development Bank, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy will proudly release “Noteworthy Instruments for Land Policy in Latin America”, a compilation work by Martim O. Smolka and Fernanda Furtado that portrays 20 case studies on urban instruments and their application in Latin American cities. The cases represent a range of legal, fiscal and administrative instruments related to land regularization and titling, development rights, special interest zoning, administration of property values, utilization of geographic information systems, urban upgrading, public acquisition of land, property taxation, and sustainability of land use changes. The publication marks the culmination of a project in which each case study has been developed as a working paper, and presented, discussed and evaluated in two formats -- plenary conferences and interactive mini-courses during a Latin American Forum that took place in May 2013 in Quito, Ecuador and gathered 350 urban professionals, from about 120 cities in 23 countries.
Consequently, this initiative seeks to contribute to the global discussion of urban phenomena and to publicize the solutions and possibilities that are nowadays being generated in Latin American.

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10/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Driving Urban Equity: How Modern Public Libraries are the Key to Connecting People for Equal Opportunity and Development. Innovations from the Beyond Access InitiativeMakaia
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Many cities have an extensive public library network, but they are frequently underused Many cities have an extensive public library network, but they are frequently underused as assets in promoting equality. This event will bring together library and development practitioners, as well as those from the private, public and social sectors to share ideas and knowledge about the role of libraries and access to information in development, particularly for promoting urban equity.
The first part of the session will be dedicated to highlighting innovations where libraries have had a key role in promoting equity and socio-economic opportunities. Brief illustrative stories shared by library innovators from around the world will be showcased. The topics will be: Safe spaces, Social inclusion, Participation in governance and Equal opportunity.
During the second part, event participants will be able to engage in conversations with others on the role of libraries for development and how partnerships can further promote this role. Beyond Access is a global a movement of people and organizations committed to the idea that modern public libraries help drive economic and social development. It encourages dialogue, assembles a community, and facilitates partnerships. Beyond Access is an initiative of IREX, EIFL, IFLA, Makaia, Facilitating Change, Development Gateway, The Asia Foundation, TASCHA, the Riecken Foundation, and READ Global, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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TBD10/04/201412:45 p.m.-01:45 p.m.Localising the post 2015 development agendaDelog
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Acknowledging the role of local governments as key actors of development is crucial for shaping the post 2015 development agenda, translating its goals, targets and indicators to the local reality. Recognizing this need, the session will present the UN consultation Acknowledging the role of local governments as key actors of development is crucial for shaping the post-2015 development agenda and translating its goals, targets and indicators to the local reality. Recognizing this need, the session will present the UN consultation process on ‘localising the post-2015 agenda’ that will be co-led by UN-Habitat, UNDP and GTF. However, as empirical evidence is largely missing, the view that local governments (and the local public sector more broadly) are key in achieving development goals, is not universally shared within the development community. In order to provide empirical backing for this argument, the Development Partner Working Group on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) is engaging in a global stock-taking exercise on the local public sector's role in achieving development goals. With support of France, GIZ, SDC, UNDP, UNCDF, and other development partners, detailed information is currently being collected about the role of local governments in the delivery of public health and education services in over 20 countries. The initial findings of this study - that form an evidentiary starting point to promote the more prominent inclusion of local governments in development interventions - will be presented and discussed during the session.

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GLOBAL10/04/201402:45 p.m.-03:45 p.m.Cities for PeopleGehl Architects and UN-Habitat
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

The book was first published in 2010 and has become a bestselling reference on urban design and public space for technicians, practitioners, academics and the wider movement for quality of life in cites. The book has been translated into 10 languages. For this Spanish version, UN-Habitat has contributed a chapter on its policy approach and work on the issue of public space.

For more than forty years, Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use—or could use—the spaces where they live and work. In this revolutionary book, Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearly explains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities for people.

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Kenya10/04/201404:00 p.m.-05:00 p.m.Inclusive Partipatory Slum Upgrading and Prevention PolicyKenya Slum Upgrading Programme, Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Slum upgrading and prevention program implementation shall be anchored in a strong institutional framework to be established through a policy which will look into all issues affecting the communities living and working in the slums and informal settlements. To address matters related to slums there is need to understand different perspectives and the evolving nature of slums as slums and informal settlements are not a new phenomenon because they have been part of the history of most cities, particularly as the process of urbanization and industrialization sparks population increase. They are characterized by inadequate housing which is often built on land that the occupant does not have a legal claim and without any urban planning or adherence to zoning regulations; squalid, miserable living conditions and are often overcrowded, with many people living in inadequate spaces. In addition, they lack basic services such as water, sanitation, appropriate solid waste disposal systems, refuse collection, storm drainage, street lighting, paved pedestrian ways and roads for emergency access. Thus, one of the basic things that government can do to prevent new slums from developing is to recognize that urbanization is inevitable and prior planning is a prerequisite to new urban developments. The existing slums and informal settlements should be recognized by the government and integrated into the urban fabric by gradual improving and formalizing them. Further, this can be achieved by incorporating them into the city through linking services and infrastructure into slum settlements. There is need to establish land banks for the urban poor and to relocate slum dwellers living in environment .the purpose of this policy is to; bring the existing slums within the formal system, enabling them to enjoy the same level of basic amenities, redressing the failures of the formal system that underlies the creation of slums and tackling the shortages of urban land and housing.

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Spain10/04/201408:30 a.m.-09:30 a.m.Reciclar Ciudad. Repensar la Transformación de las CiudadesUNESCO SOST
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Green Pavilion - Cinema Room

The concept Recycling the City is developed in a collaborative project launched by the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability, of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. The project seeks to gather and disseminate the thinking and work of various authors engaged with urban and regional sustainability and whose work has been relevant in different cultural and climatic contexts. The publication Recycling the City. Rethinking transformation of cities will permit to reflect on new dynamics to make more resilient social and ecological urban systems.

Recycle City gives the reader a broader perspective on these transformational processes and a series of successful experiences from around the world as well as the "tools" used to carry them out. Was intended to be a publication that allows the reader to rethink on how to create cycles and enhance processes towards a more sustainable operation of our cities. The aim is to transform them into more efficient, equitable and respectful communities with the ecosystems that surround them.

The publication addresses the most important aspects of modern urban issues and seeks to contribute to the development of theoretical and practical work of professionals involved in construction and urban planning by spreading contributions made in the Latin American context.

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Argentina10/04/201409:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.A planning tool for transforming informal and marginalized urban environments: the Urban Inclusion and Sustainability Index (ISIU) of the City of Buenos Aires (Argentina)Secretaría De Hábitat E Inclusión Del Gobierno De La Ciudad De Buenos Aires (sechi)
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

The City’s Secretariat for Habitat & Inclusion (SECHI) and Ministry of Urban Development will be launching the Urban Inclusion and Sustainability Index, a baseline reference and methodology for targeted and cohesive planning of territorial intervention - both infrastructural and social - in the City’s more marginalized areas.

The ISIU compiles and measures hitherto under-recorded but highly valuable data on living and employment conditions, educational standards and civic participation. It is the first comprehensive index developed to analyze informal settlements in City of Buenos Aires, and ensures that public policy can be better adapted to promote inclusion and improve quality of life for the City’s most vulnerable populations.

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TBD11/04/201411:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Integrated Building Design for Tropical CountriesTBD
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

Why another handbook on sustainable building design? Do we need it? Existing handbooks fail to give enough technical information on how to design sustainable buildings: much “what” and little “how”. This handbook not only builds up awareness, but also provides basic knowledge (principles), tools (for sizing and optimising building’s components) and a data base (supporting the tools), allowing a designer to make the most appropriate choices since the earliest phases of the design process. It is conceived as text to be on the table of the designer (not forgotten in the bookshelf)!

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Colombia11/04/201401:00 p.m.-02:30 p.m.Sports and Recreation facilities of the Inder Medellin: Public Spaces transforming the CityInstitute of Sports and Recreation Inder
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

The Institute of Sport and Recreation of Medellin presents the text “Sports and Recreation facilities of the Inder Medellin: Public Spaces transforming the City”. The aim of this book is to reveal how sports and recreation areas managed by the Inder have direct impact on the daily life of the inhabitants of Medellin. These places are an alternative to the use of leisure time and contribute to improvement of the quality of life in the city.

The way in which sports and recreational public scenarios are built, adapted and managed in Medellin constitutes a model in the conception of new ways of urban public infrastructure in the city. It also ensures access for everyone with equal opportunities and conditions, this is a strategy transforming the city and it serves as an example applicable in other territories.

The spaces for sports and recreation in Medellin are conceived as places suitable for the integration of the citizens. The book contains stories and experiences of the community: Athletes and the general public using the facilities; architects; engineers; managers; and experts in social geography and urban planning.

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USA11/04/201408:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Equity | Health | Design and Planning: Launch of 4 New BooksColumbia University
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Green Pavilion - Urban Library

The Global Studio –CSUD exhibition at WUF asserts that “ resilient, equitable, inclusive , smart and sustainable cities require citizen involvement”. This principle of public participation in design and planning can be found through the four books to be launched by the Global Studio booth partners.

These books reflect an engaged and international praxis as in the Columbia University Urban Design program publications Re-Envisioning Health in Kumasi: Spatial Strategies (2013) and West African Health Foundation Specialty Hospital: A New Vision for Health in West Africa (2013).

CSUD director Elliott Sclar is co-editor with Mans Lonnroth and Christian Wolmar of Urban Access for the 21st Century: Finance and Governance Models for Transport Infrastructure, Routledge, 2014. The book sets out a road map for the provision of urban access for all. It argues that urban policies need to be more inclusive of the urban poor, proposes systems that support urban mobility, and critiques embedded biases towards the automobile. Healthabitat (winner of the 2011 World Habitat Award) will have its Latin American launch of Housing for Health- the guide (2013).

Books can be browsed at the Global Studio- CSUD, Urban Design, Columbia University, Universidad Ponitifica Bolivariano, IIGH, Healthhabitat and University of Sydney booth.

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