In 2016, the shiny new version of URBANET went live: Drawing on 15 years of experience in knowledge management and communication in the fields of sustainable urban development, local governance and decentralization, URBANET has been redesigned from a former members-only GIZ platform into an open multimedia blog.
URBANET fosters the international dialogue on development activities worldwide and conveys expertise in the areas of municipal and local governance, sustainable urban development and decentralisation. Articles, interviews, photo stories and multimedia publications draw their variety from numerous contributions by practitioners, research scholars, representatives of civil society organisations, international organisations, think tanks, development institutes such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and many more. The platform aims to trigger debates, share and distribute relevant information on sustainable urban development, municipal and local governance and decentralisation. In this regard, URBANET also looks at international processes and agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement (COP21), and in particular the Habitat III process and the New Urban Agenda. It provides thought-provoking impulses for the implementation of these agreements.
- the exchange of knowledge and information to a broader public,
- debates on key challenges and opportunities regarding sustainable urban development, municipal and local governance and decentralisation, and
- interdisciplinary cooperation among various actors in urban and local development.
URBANET is supported and implemented by GIZ’s Sector Project “Policy Advise for Local and Urban Development”. Commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and working with strategic partners such as Cities Alliance and ICLEI, the project aims to embed the concept of cities as key actors of sustainable development in international policy processes. The project’s efforts are based on the three German key messages in the Habitat III process.
These key messages are:
- Recognising and Empowering Cities as Development Actors,
- Creating Livable Cities for All, and
- Realising Integrated Urban Development.