4 Apr 2014
Medellín here we come!

Are you going to be in Medellin? Please join us for ‘Innovating Cities – Learning from Latin America and Spain’, ‘Food Sovereignty Networks’, ‘Sustainable Social Housing’ and ‘Just Cities for Children’

The 7th World Urban Forum is nearly upon us. A record 21,000 people will arrive in Medellín, Colombia in early April 2014 to participate in this world leading international gathering. This number is double expected participation.

The Global Compact Cities Programme is proud to be hosting two key networking events at WUF and co-hosting two other events with partners. We warmly invite and encourage your attendance. This World Urban Forum gathering is providing a remarkable opportunity  for the like minded to meet. They are coming from all sectors, and walks of life but I believe a common intention and willingness to improve our cities and societies.

This year´s WUF is focused on ‘Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life’ and it is fitting that this year’s host is the Colombian city of Medellín. Participants will include heads of state, governors, mayors, the international community, professionals and the private sector. This session of WUF will be the key platform for discussing the role of sustainable urbanisation within the framework of the Post-2015 Development Goals and the upcoming Habitat III, the Conference of Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, to be held in 2016.

Learning from Innovating Cities in Latin America and Spain – Bogotá, Medellín and Barcelona

We are very proud to have Sra Margarita Maria Ángel Bernal the Executive Director of EDU, Medellin’s Urban Development Agency, presenting at our key event. She is joined by the Secretary General of Bogota´s TIC, the Bogotá government´s information and communication technology agency (pictured left). – They will be part of Innovating Cities – The Importance of the Social – Learning from Latin America and Spain’ which will be hold in the One UN Room on Thursday 10 April – 2.30 pm to 4 pm.

This event presents a rare opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of important Colombian approaches to urban development; TIC through digital connectedness and technology in Bogotá; Medellin’s unique approach to urban development will be presented through the Jardin Circunvular project.

Mauricio and Sra Ángel will be joined by Mireia Belil from Barcelona who has many years of experience in cities for the people.

We hope this event will seed the formation of a network of cities in latin america to continue this exchange of leading practice and innovation.

Fair and Sustainable Food Systems

At WUF, we are also delighted to able support the greater uptake of fair and sustainable food systems through our hosting of the networking event – Fair Food Systems and Networks in Australia. This is being run in collaboration with the Australian Food Alliance and aims to draw together attendees of World Urban Forum 7 with an interest in food sovereignty, sustainable food systems and urban agriculture to strengthen the networks and knowledge around this flourishing global movement. It also features key international speakers from Italy and South Africa. It is being coordinated by our Research Associate, Julia Laidlaw. It is being held on Wednesday 9 April, 2 – 4 pm, The Yellow Pavilion.

Innovation in Addressing Urban Poverty – Permanent Social Housing and Energy Efficiency and Just Cities for Children

We are delighted to also be presenting with partners on research relating to social housing and urban pilots for leading development organisation, World Vision International

Networking Event: World Vision International – An Evidence-based Framework Contributing to Just Cities for Children. Wednesday 9 April, 11 am to 12 pm, City Changer Room

‘Vivienda Social Definitiva’ (Permanent Social Housing) – Wednesday 9 April, 5.15 pm Location: Library Room

Over the last two years, a partnership has formed between World Vision International’s Centre of Expertise for Urban Programming and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme to develop measurable, scalable and flexible research methodology to investigate World Vision’s multi-country urban pilot initiative across six countries. These pilots explore different urban themes, including: secure land tenure, child protection, urban livelihoods, and youth empowerment. The session explores these issues and methodology, draws on case studies from Cities Programme and World Vision, and will encourage a robust discussion on multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary collaboration and community engagement to address urban poverty.

The Cities Programme is supporting collaborative partners, Chilean NGO, Techo in a side event which features Techo’s practices in permanent social housing –  ‘Vivienda Social Definitiva’ (Permanent Social Housing). It will include results of collaborative research between the Global Compact Cities Programme, Techo and RMIT University that looks at strategies to optimize housing affordability through its lifecycle to the social and economic benefit of residents that has been conducted by Sandra Moye with Professor Ralph Horne.

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