PFVT: World Urban Forum 10 – Networking Event – Urban Rights For Inclusive And Innovative Cities

PFVT: World Urban Forum 10 – Networking Event – Urban Rights For Inclusive And Innovative Cities

TITLE OF THE NETWORKING EVENT: “Urban rights and commons for inclusive and innovative cities”

DATE/VENUE: Wednesday, 11th February – 14:00-16:00 – Room 14

KEY OBJECTIVES:

  • Highlight the key challenges cities and territories have to address to achieve sustainable transitions
  • Acknowledge the new common goods from the urban transitions as tools able to respond to these challenges
  • Acknowledge the necessary implementation of new urban rights
  • Provide a platform of exchanges between different actors to build a strong knowledge on the “Age of Transitions”
  • Reinforce and enlarge existing networks and coalitions at international scale

In October 2019, the French Partnership for Cities and Territories (PFVT) has gathered a wide range of French stakeholders who work about urban issues. From public authorities to civil society organization, private sector, NGOs or researchers and universities, they all looked into the evolution of urban societies and territories in order to understand the challenges we are facing, and we will be facing. The aim was to address ideas and recommendation for a sustainable and inclusive urban future. From this mixing of expertise and sharing of experiments, a common statement came up: territories have entered an era of transition and have then expectations of a zero-carbon and inclusive society.

The networking event organized by the PFVT for the World Urban Forum 10, aims to present these urban transitions in order to highlight the challenges for cities, and the tools that could be implemented or reinforced, using transversally and partnership as keys.

A typology of these transitions has been formalize.

The polymorphic demographic transition is one of the major transition cities have and will carry on facing cities. 75% of the world population is expecting to be urban by 2050. On one side, the accelerated growth of urban population and the growth of informal and precarious settlements. On the other side, the ageing of population. In both cases, authorities have to take in consideration these phenomena in their urban planning and development strategies to build liveable cities.

The increase of urban population led also to a food transition. Healthy requirements are inducing strong changes in the production, transformation and circulation of food supply and agriculture, which have to feed more population in reducing its environmental footprint.

The ecological transition is therefore essential as it includes a profound transformation, social and governance models to ensure sustainable and liveable cities.

The energetic needs is growing as fast as population growth. Territories have to answer those needs following the necessity of preservation of energy resources. An energetic transition have to aim the modification of production and consumption of energy.

Going further and faster, connecting every citizens to every urban amenities and territories to territories, have become one of the major challenges leading to a multiscale mobility transition. This transition leads to the enlargement of the scale on which authorities and actors have to approach urban problematics and stakes, with the appearing of polymorphous cities and territories.

A digital transition has entered the scene of urban development as it offers the promise of more fluid and more connected societies. The public authorities have to deal with achieving to set an equal access to digital goods and services and to organize protection of data.

Finally, a democratic transition have to be addressed, carrying by the increase of social movements shows a global will from citizens to reach more direct and participative local democracy.

These transitions are the shift point for a wind of change in territorial policies, mostly for public authorities that have to achieve those policies in a sustainable and inclusive way. Urban components should therefore be acknowledge as common goods and the main sources of solutions and inclusion for everyone: public spaces, land resource, water, energy and waste, digital data, cultural links, participation. These common goods give an echo to fundamental urban rights that are the right to settle, the right to access, the right to the culture and the right to get involved in something. This is a basis to create sustainable and inclusive cities but also a call for changing practices and processes by mobilizing key actors, especially in urban conception.

SPEAKERS:

  • Mr Hubert JULIEN-LAFERRIERE, Member of the French Parliament, French representative for the International Parliamentary Union IPU and president of the French Partnership for cities and Territories (PFVT)
  • Mrs Dominique ALBA, Architect and Managing Director of the French Urbanism Agency of Paris and Greater Paris (APUR)
  • Mrs Mireille APEL-MULLER, Director, City on the Move
  • Mrs Janet ADU, President of the GHAFUP (Ghana Federation of the Urban Poor)
  • Mr Gérard WOLF, President of the Task Force and Federator Sustainable City for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Article by Marianne Malez
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