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
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
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
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
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.
“Not part of the Campaign? Learn more about how to join here
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
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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