Marrakech city, Jemaa-el-Fna market. Copyright. Autor : Luc Viatour

Marrakesh - REsolutions Africa Conference

Two World Urban Campaign partners, the Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) and UCLG Africa (UCLGA) are co-organizing the REsolutions Africa/ Marrakesh 2014 Conference, which will be hosted by the Marrakesh City Council. The organizations are mobilizing African local and regional authorities and their partners to attend the Conference, based on the theme “Financing African Cities: Agenda, Alliances, and Solutions,” to take place on December 11 – 12th. As the first African mobilization under the Resolutions to Fund Cities worldwide campaign, this conference aims to stimulate a new debate regarding cities financing and to identify the current blockages to access funding. The conference will explore strategic orientations and new mechanisms to finance African local governments. The event is gathering many stakeholders concerned by the African urban development issue, including ministers, mayors, public institutions, private investors, and civil society representatives.

People, Dignity, Prosperity, Justice, Partnership, Planet: six essential elements for delivering the SDGs.

In his report 'The Road to Dignity by 2030' released on 4 December, UN Secretary General has proposed an integrated set of six essential elements, that taken together, will aim to facilitate the deliberations of Member States ahead of the special Summit on sustainable development in September 2015, and enable them to arrive at the concise and aspirational agenda mandated by the Rio + 20 Conference.

Letter from the Chair WUC Steering Committee

The Months Ahead: We Have Our Work Cut Out for Us. As you are probably aware, we have good news on the fate of cities and human settlements in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. When Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivered, “The Road to Dignity,” his synthesis report on the Post 2015 Agenda, he asserted his support for the Open Working Group’s report that included 17 goals and 169 targets....

Future of Cities Forum on World Cities Day

"We need local solutions for global issues" - that was the key message of the fourth Future of Cities Forum that took place on World Cities Day (October 30-31) in Munich, Germany. 90 participants from 18 countries, from both the political sphere and civil society, put their heads together for two days to build and share municipal-level solutions to worldwide challenges. Fresh new ideas were pitched alongside tried-and-tested tools and governance solutions. Mayors, town councillors, researchers, practitioners, communicators and urban planners from Casablanca to Milton Keynes and Beijing to Calgary debated what leadership and participation really looks like in cities. They shared their experiences of building bridges, and explored the factors that create long-term visions for cities. The lively, interactive and inspiring character of the forum is captured in the Forum photo gallery.  In order for those visions to become reality, we must bring the political and social together to collectively imagine a future that is better than the past. We’re already looking forward to fostering these essential debates in the run-up to the 5th Future of Cities Forum in 2015.

World Urban Forum 9 (2018) to be held in Kuala Lumpur

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, will host the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) in 2018. UN-Habitat, as the convener of WUF, announced the decision on Monday 3 November as the culmination of a six months bidding process. United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, has informed Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government of Malaysia, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, of the decision during the Fifth Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) that is currently being held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 3 to 5 November 2014.


Report of the First Urban Thinkers Campus

The Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, and decision-makers who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to a positive transformation. It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions for the urban future.

Cordaid: The lead Partner of the World Urban Campaign, has renewed its MOU with the World Urban Campaign for another 3 years

Veolia: The Main Sponsor of the World Urban Campaign, Veolia Environnement, has renewed its agreement for the period of 2 years.

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URBAN PLANNING FOR CITY LEADERS WORKSHOP, Bangladesh Institute of Planners, Bangladesh: 17-19 December, 2014: The level of urbanization in Bangladesh is still considered low when compared internationally, but it has been experiencing phenomenal growth of its urban population, as well as peri-urban areas in the last four decades. This Dhaka workshop, staged by Bangladesh Institute of Planners and UN-Habitat, is designed for urban practitioners and decision makers from rapidly growing contexts; the workshop offers new tools for sustainable planning and an opportunity to strategize for a new urban agenda.  

Campaigning for change, #Practical_Action.. Action to tackle climate change is urgent and necessary so as well as work overseas, we are actively campaigning for changes to international policy both in the UK and internationally.

Child Health Now, #WVI. This is the foundation of World Vision’s Child Health Now campaign through combined international action from the corridors of power to the communities in which we work we aims to shift the global political and health agenda in order to save the lives of millions of children. And we need your help.

2020 Vision Campaign, #Mayors for Peace. This Campaign works towards peace in cities around the world.  CSR Europe: Sustainable Living in Cities. Gathering a network of over 10,000 companies, CSR Europe is making strides on its Sustainable Living in Cities campaign.

15-16 December 2014: FICCI: Business Continuity Planning & Disaster Risk Reduction in South Asia: Redefining Private Sector Engagement for Risk Management & Response, Hari Shankar Singhania, NewDelhi, India. 16 December 2014: The Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities: Southeast Nebraska Food Hub Charrette, Ashland, USA. 18-20 December 2014: UIA: International Architecture Festival: Moscow, Russia. 22 December 2014: FICCI: Adding Muscle to your Business-FICCI-CMSME Workshop for MSMEs: New Delhi, India. 27 December - 4 January 2015: Fira Barcelona: Festival de la Infancia: Montjuic, Spain.

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