The search for the world's most loveable sustainable city 2015 is about to begin. 49 finalist cities will be revealed on 26 January 2015. Earth Hour invites people all over the world to nominate and vote for cities that have demonstrated a sincere commitment to the creation of sustainability. Get ready to join the celebration, share what you love about your favorite cities, and submit suggestions on how they can become more sustainable.
People from all walks of life are invited on a first come, first serve basis, to share their views on finding a way out of these extreme situations, to make Hong Kong affordable for all its residents, to allow for a life of dignity for all, and to ensure the city is affordable for experimentation, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation.
The agenda has been broadly agreed as follows:
The 2015 Secovi Convention will focus on the best business strategies to adopt when faced with an unpredictable scenario. The Convention will take place over a duration of 4 days. The programme includes technical visits, real estate showcases, an International Urban Forum and a market overview presentation of the Sao Paulo Countryside. PARTICIPATE
The Philippines has a housing backlog of over four million families and as that number is increasing with population with population growth and calamities affecting the country, there is a great need for financial accessibility to decent housing. The growth in the urban population is not being met in correlation to the housing demand, leaving a large section of society forced to live on or along unsanitary waterways and squatting in unsafe areas, such as the side of public roads and below bridges - this directly affects health, education and employment opportunities in a multifaceted way. Many of these families have a source of income and can afford socialized or below socialized housing, though it is currently not made accessible to them, therefore, there is both a challenge and an opportunity for civil society, decision makers, academia and private corporations. The UTC will focus on the marginalized and underprivileged section of society mentioned above, with the themes of the planned Campus being: The City we need is inclusive, has a human scale and is well planned, walk able, and adequate, accessible, and affordable mobility, a resilient city, economically vibrant and inclusive, a safe city, affordable and promotes the right to the city for all, well planned, financed and government at all level.
ACUUS 2016 is the authoritative international platform for full-fledged communication experts interested in the comprehensive development of urban underground space.
The 15th World Conference ACUUS 2016 will serve as a platform for recognized experts in the field of underground urbanism, investors, representatives of the authorities and public organisations.
The exchange of information will be the foundation for further analysis and creation of an optimal Action Plan. This plan will be proposed to national and city administrations to consider the prospects of underground urbanization, both in the context of economic growth and efficient management of urban services, also from the point of view of creating a comfortable environment for residents of cities and the quality of the urban environment improvement.
Through the dialogue with industry professionals and analysis of global trends of development of underground space, new ideas and new course of development will appear for the company. Business contacts obtained during the World Conference ACUUS 2016 in Saint Petersburg may start a new international collaboration, with new successful projects related to comprehensive underground space development being relied on it.
Since 2011, the annual Future of Cities Forum brings together city councillors, urban planners, researchers, practitioners and representatives of civil society and the private sector from around the world to discuss key challenges and solutions for Regenerative Urban Development.
This year the Forum will take place on the 14th-15th of September 2015 in China and will focus on the role and impact of international guidelines on cities and local governance. Participants will have the opportunity to actively engage in open and constructive dialogues, facilitated workshops and interactive round table discussions exploring the opportunities for cities in relation to the international processes such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III and how these can help steering concrete measures on the ground. We also intend to explore the role of horizontal city-to-city cooperation across the globe and ways to promote dialogue and exchange of best practises and best policy solutions.
The United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. READ MORE
The General Assembly of Partners (GAP) is a special initiative proposed by the World Urban Campaign (WUC) to serve as a broad-based deliberative platform for non-governmental partners in order to develop a consensus for a joined outcome document, The City We Need 2.0, and other related matters for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).
Meaningful youth engagement is the basic minimum for cities and human settlements to deliver on sustainable development by being inclusive and representative of the needs of its people. Governance structures at the local, regional, national, and international levels must provide a platform for engagement. Truly sustainable development is only possible within cities that are inclusive and representative of the needs and priorities of its people.
The eight levers of change considered to serve as components of the New Urban Agenda can all be seen as relevant to the largest urban youth cohort the world has ever seen. Yet, within these levers of change, the needs of youth are not addressed specifically despite this demographic bearing a large part of the burden and responsibility both in present and future for the development trajectory of cities across the world. Ensuring that youth are able to contribute through partnerships is ultimately the key to enhancing the legitimacy, prosperity and resilience of urban development.
The Youthful Cities Urban Thinkers Campus will provide youth with a platform to provide inputs to the development of the New Urban Agenda and the outcomes of the Habitat III. Discussions at the conference will also examine the impacts of youth engagement in urban development in the context of increasingly youthful cities globally, with discussions around how youth can be a resource for creating resilient, inclusive, economically vibrant and well planned cities with adequate public space, education, knowledge and economic opportunities for all, including young people.
The Campus will seek to provide substantial input to the Major Group for Children and Youth’s platform on Habitat III, uncovering areas that are of particular importance to young people regionally as they relate to urbanization, while also seeking to prepare inputs from children and youth feeding into the third Preparatory Committee planned for Indonesia in 2016.
 At this stage, the HLCP is currently considering 8 key levers of change adaptable to different circumstances, that are presented here as components of the ‘new urban agenda’. The eight levers of change are: 1. Developing and implementing national urban policies, 2. Strengthening urban legislation and systems of governance, 3. Harnessing the urban economy, 4. Strengthening municipal finance, 5. Reinvigorating territorial planning and urban design, 6. Expanding access to basic services, 7. Promoting adequate housing for all income categories of urban residents, 8. Strengthening gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Each of the critical areas in successful urban settlement will be examined in detail, with academic and practitioner background papers forming the groundwork for focused discussion. These discussions (Cafes) will be continued monthly in 2015-2016 in local neighbourhoods at cafes, community centres, classrooms and other public locations. Details for each focus group or 'Urban Cafe' is under development, however, refer to:
http://www.womentransformingcities.org/women-transforming-cities-cafes/ for an example of the structure of discussions. Nationally, each partner network and group will organise their own focus groups, either in person or by teleconference. At least every three months, a national teleconference will be convened to discuss progress of the deliberations, Habitat 3 themes, and conference participation.
The final WTC-UTC would be a simultaneous event, with Cafes held in neighbourhoods across the Vancouver lower mainland in May 2016 to discuss the cumulative recommendations from the monthly Cafes. Partners in other cities, will also convene, and may be part of this or later event. Cafe themes will include linking women and girls across Canada.
These recommendations will be presented to the local metropolitan municipal governments, provincially and nationally and will represent a call to action for Canadian Municipalities. They will also become part of the Huairou Commission's submissions to the Habitat 3 partner process. Final outcomes will synchronize with the HC preparatory schedule.