10 Oct 2017
Latin America Dialogue: Public Private Partnerships for Inclusive Cities

The projects of our Brazilian participants and our new ‘City Partnerships’ initiative were featured at one of the most important gatherings of Latin America and Caribbean leaders for sustainable cities.

Fostering public–private cooperation to make cities more inclusive and more equitable is one of the aims of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in bringing together leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe for the ECLAC Cities Conference. This was held from 2 to 6 October 2017 in Santiago, Chile and co-organised with MINURVI and UN-Habitat.

For ECLAC – a United Nations regional commission representing 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean – and their partners, achieving more equal, sustainable and productive cities and fulfilling the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda will require the participation of many stakeholders across the region. These include academia, the private sector, civil society organisations and the various levels of government.

To achieve this, two days of the 2-6 October ECLAC conference included parallel all-day sessions devoted to fostering public-private stakeholder dialogue on sustainable urban development; the Public-Private Dialogue for Promoting Urban Sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The two-day Public-Private Dialogue explored the role of public-private partnerships in:

  • contributing to making cities more inclusive
  • more equitable access to urban services
  • emerging technologies
  • driving the transition towards sustainable cities

It also explored mechanisms to improve and strengthen collaboration between public and private stakeholders and innovative future models of public-private partnership.

Patricia Iglecias, University of Sao Paulo (USP) Head of Environmental Affairs, represented the Cities Programme at the two-day Private-Public Dialogue. She spoke about a number of leading cross-sectoral projects in Brazil, our new platform for multi-partner sustainable urban development projects (that will be offered across the country in 2018) and the new Regional Office.

Cepal Public-private Dialogue

Patricia Iglecias presented on Cities Programme public-private partner initiatives.

“I am delighted to announce that the University of Sao Paulo has a new partnership with the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme and will be hosting the first regional office of the Cities Programme at the University of Sao Paulo. Our office will officially open on the 24th of October.”

“Brazil will be the first country to offer ‘City Partnerships’, after its current pilot in Australia. This two year 9 step capacity development and partnership system builds on the cross sectoral collaborative model of the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme.”

She also presented on the multi-sector network model to address urban poverty from our Innovating city, Porto Alegre and projects that have been developed in the state of Paraná under the leadership of Rosane de Souza,

These include the multi-government regional economic development innovation between the states of Paraná and São Paulo and 15 municipalities, Angra Doce.

Patricia participated in the session on “New Models for Collaboration Between Public and Private Stakeholders” which was moderated by Marco Dini, Economic Affairs Officer, Division of Production, Productivity and Management of ECLAC.

The 6 member panel included representatives of the Cooperation and Investment Agency of Medellín (ACI) (Colombia), the Chilean Development Corporation (CORFO), the Centre of European Studies of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) Urban School, and of the Aéroports de París (ADP).

Regional Action Plan for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

The wide range of public and private organisations from government, NGO’s and multinational companies that came together for the ECLAC Cities Conference are representative of the diverse actors required put in place the Regional Action Plan (RAP) for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016-2036. This important document, the Regional Action Plan, was recently published by ECLAC and presented at the opening of the conference.

alicia barcena Cities Conference ECLACFor Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, the most urbanised developing region on the planet needs to focus on closing equality gaps on the road to achieving sustainable development.

“Socioeconomic segregation – the spatial expression of inequality – deepens inequity and contributes to social fragmentation and the high levels of violence that characterise many cities in Latin America and the Caribbean,” she affirmed at the inauguration of the ECCLAC conference.

This echoed calls by the representatives of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean for the construction of cities centred on equality, sustainability and productivity during the inauguration of the Cities Conference.

‘The right to the city’ as a basic requirement for achieving sustainable development is one of the challenges that the RAP aims to address in the strategic regional proposal that adapts the NUA to the reality and conditions of Latin America and the Caribbean.


Follow this link for more information and to download the Regional Action Plan for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016-2036