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.
The United States International University (USIU) Africa will launch a preview pilot of the TV series USONI with a presentation-debate of the project on Thursday March 12th, starting at 11 a.m. The venue will be at the auditorium of the USIU-AFRICA campus in Nairobi, Kenya. For directions please visit the USIU website.
The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants are expected, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.
The second Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council will focus on “achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.” The Segment will demonstrate how the creation of good quality jobs could be a tool for promoting the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development. The Segment will also serve as a platform to identify policy choices and possible trade-offs that could arise from an integrated approach.
The 12th Steering Committee Meeting (SCM12) of the World Urban Campaign will take place from 11 – 12 April 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, in line with the meeting schedule for WUC in the months leading up to the Habitat lll Conference in 2016, which was discussed during the last Steering Committee Meeting (SCM11) in October 2014 at the Urban Thinkers Campus in Caserta, Italy. The SCM12 will, amongst others, discuss the partners’ consensus document The City We Need, which was launched in March 2014.
The first GAP Assembly meeting will be held on Monday 13 April 2015 as a side event one day prior to the Second Session of Preparatory Committee (PrepCom2) of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). This first assembly meeting will gather all interested partners in order to deliberate on the Constitution, road map and first joined statement (The City We Need) of the GAP.
The United Nations General Assembly, in Resolution A/RES/67/216, decided to establish a preparatory committee to carry out the preparations for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, open to all State Members of the United Nations and members of specialized agencies and of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The twenty-fifth session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will take place in the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) in Gigiri, Nairobi, with the theme: UN-Habitat’s Contribution to the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Order to Promote Sustainable Urban Development and Human Settlements.
Habitat for Humanity International Latin America/Caribbean Region (HFHI LA/C), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), and the Cities Alliance, in collaboration with UN-Habitat Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, are hosting the 2nd Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Forum: “Housing for Life”; a space for multi-stakeholder collaboration from the public and private sectors, and civil society in general.
Velo-city is ECF’s annual global summit on cycling, which will be held in Nantes, France in 2015. This event is the premier international conference on cycling. It is designed to promote the integration of urban cycle planning into all the relevant public policy sectors, including transport planning, land development, public health, education, environment, economy, energy and human rights. Bringing together those involved in policy, promotion and the provision of cycling facilities and programs, this year’s conference theme is “Cycling: Futuremaker”.