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.
In 2010, in Mexico, 77.1% of women and 76.5% of men lived in urban zones. In 2015, 70 Million inhabitants live in metropolitan zones, which represent 57% of the total population. In 2012 45.5% of the population was poor of which 9.8% were extremely poor. In urban areas these percentages were 40.6% and 6.3% respectively. The Mexican cities like other Latin-‐America are economically and culturally attractive poles, that should offer true opportunities to its inhabitants. Nevertheless the cities’ dynamics in the last decades -‐ characterized by the application of structural adjustment policies -‐ has converted them into places of great poverty, inequality, social exclusion, disordered spatial development, real estate speculation, and accentuated environmental deterioration. The afore mentioned has caused high rates of violence and crime that have reached endemic levels, according to what is mentioned in the United Nations Program for Development (PNUD), and are increasingly present in Mexican cities and metropolitan areas.
The afore mentioned inequality is accentuated in women who have to face both social and gender inequalities. Women confront a more precarious labor situation; at the same time the number of households under the leadership of women has increased in urban areas. A low level of political representation of women limits their capacity to influence any public policy including urban design. Part of their day to day worries are unsafe public spaces, and their involvement in facing disasters. Living quarters in dormitory cities do not respond to women’s needs to access basic, urban and health services, their needs to develop successful businesses. Spatial structure of metropolitan areas difficult women’s productive, reproductive, and community work. Women work more intensely and for many more hours then men, which leads to physical and mental deterioration of great magnitudes, as well as reducing years of healthy life.
Removing these gaps through what has to be contained in the New Urban Agenda will benefit women, but also communities, cities, regions and countries.
The proposals to be developed in the Campus of Urban Thinkers are the ones we pretend to receive and systematize to deliver them to Habitat III in 2016.
Under the theme ‘Our Architecture, Our Communities, Our Heritage’ the 11th African Union of Architects Congress will seek to explore and emphasize the importance of African heritage in Architectural design and explore how we Architects must play a pivotal role in ensuring this linkage. It will investigate the ideologies we have lived by for centuries and how they can be applied to design in order to ensure continuation of the spirit of the African community. Architects from all over Africa will debate development and changes in the architectural design and their effects on our communities, environment and ways of living. This is the largest gathering of Architects in Africa and it happens once every four years. It provides access to research and practice in the architectural profession within Africa. PARTICIPATE
1/Welcome plenary on day one in collaboration with Kampala Capital City Authority at which the Campus agenda shall be introduced and its objectives highlighted to the delegates
2/Breakout sessions on day two in multi stakeholders groups from the different countries to identify, and clarify sub-‐theme issues and feeding from and into the Kampala case study
3/A Plenary session to debate an identified crux issue and
4/A session to draft the Campus consolidated vision recommendations and
5/A media engagement session where the campus outcomes shall be publicized.
Around the theme “The City That Need”, the Campus aims to bring in Cartagena urban thinkers, philosophers, writers, journalists, bloggers, developers and designers, city leaders and decision makers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, experts communication and marketing, and all those interested in urban infrastructure, technologies, standards, urban trends, and dynamics. With the exchange of ideas and presentation of the problems in the city, we can orient dynamic processes and shared to build it. This event will feature the global community of urban thinkers as the next step toward the formation of the New Urban Agenda and strengthening partnerships aimed at Habitat III Conference. PARTICIPATE
The Campus will be divided into various Plenary Sessions arranged along various sectors of the Urban Economy. The Participants will be categorically divided into the following sub-sectors including:
On the 1st day of the Campus, well come remarks and objectives of the Campus will be read out to ensure that all participants are in one accord that is participating in defining the Future City We Want. An overall current state of affairs report will be presented in an effort to acquaint the stakeholders on the current achievements, challenges and opportunities on a sector by sector basis. The Current Status Report will act as the benchmark and guidance during the breakaway plenary sessions. In the Sector Based Plenary Sessions, various Sustainable Urban Developmental Models will be presented from various Scholars, Researchers, Urban Planners, Professionals, Intellectuals, and
Pressure Groups amongst others. After each Presentation, discussions and open debates will be allowed in an effort to collectively explore the feasibility, challenges, gaps and perceived advantages. After the debate on the Presentation, Stakeholders will jointly prioritize the development issues on a sector by sector basis. Field Trips will then be arranged for participants to help them have a more understanding of various socio- economic challenges the City of Chitungwiza is faced with before they come up with some Strategic Action Oriented Plans. Field Trips Reports will validate the workability and practicality of the urban development priorities. After the Field Trips, the Break Away Plenary Sessions will resume with the participants tasked to develop time framed Strategic Action Plans on a sector by sector basis. Once various Sectors are dome with the Strategic Action Plans, all the Sectors will gather together and Report back on their Activities and Outcomes. Further debating and evaluation of the Action Plans will be done before the entire Sector Action Plans are consolidated into one strategic Action Document.
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
With this Campus, the Institute for Global Responsibility and Leadership (IFGRAL) raises many prevalent questions: Which are the perspectives of cities nowadays and tomorrow? How do we develop a post material society in times of global challenges like streaming migration, complex war conflicts and a growing poverty? Which consequences do the loss of resources, the climate change, new consumer behaviour regarding mobility and energy have for the global city life? Is there integration or segregation? How does digitalization change private consume and economic production models? The main topic of this event will be the European and global problem of youth unemployment: How can we solve this complex and miserable situation, Europe’s nations and a lot of parts of the world suffer of? What objectives and messages can come from Mannheim, a place with a significant low rate of youth unemployment? IFGRAL wants to bring together a global crowd of urban experts and Zeitgeist thinkers, entrepreneurs and opinion leaders, artists and creative’s, data and nerdy people, philosophers, philanthropists and political talents, especially from the young generation. PARTICIPATE
The objective of this Urban Thinkers Campus will be explore ways in which to “Know Your City”. This will be done through the lens of SDI’s Know Your City initiative that aims to bridge the gap between information and knowledge and set a path toward collective wisdom as the foundation for greater inclusivity and creativity in urban development. The Know Your City initiative envisions data and information becoming part of the collective discussion, moving out of the reports, databases and Power Points of professionals and into the everyday discussion and reflection of communities and local governments. In order to broaden and deepen these discussions, this Urban Thinkers Campus will explore fragmentation in cities, the ways in which exclusion continues in our cities, and how we break this fragmentation in order to create inclusive cities where decision makers and citizens alike can confidently say that they know their whole city. We will use this discussion as a basis to draw in other partners (Sustainability Institute, UCLG and UCLGA, Cities Alliance, and African Centre for Cities) and explore the path-breaking work they are doing to build inclusive cities. PARTICIPATE