Traditional city design and planning often fails to recognise the complex and unequal relations between men and women in our society, says URBANET's author Ana Falú. While women’s right to the city was largely left unattended until the recent past, it is important to understand that women have always been active participants in the building of cities. Still, many challenges remain. The progress and success of city policies depends on the capacity to ensure equal conditions and opportunities for people of all genders.
In his contribution to URBANET, Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller outlines his expectations and hopes for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Part I presented two subsequent paradigms related to the world of work, Fordism and Post-Fordism. Subsequently, it was argued that there are two contrasting trends in the world of (urban) labour: flexibility and stability. This is the second and concluding part of the article, which includes considerations about policies.
On October 20, 2016, the New Urban Agenda was adopted, setting the priorities and expectations for the next 20 years of urban development against the backdrop of growing urbanisation. The Habitat III conference in Quito, which hosted a vast array of events besides the official negotiations reflected the themes of the New Urban Agenda and the hopes attached to it. Here is a review of the events and atmosphere in Quito.
After Habitat III, we want to look back on the exciting week of the conference: URBANET has put together some visual impressions for those who did not have the chance to be there, but also for those who attended and brought great memories home with them. Enjoy!
Habitat III, the long-awaited global conference on urbanisation, was officially opened on Monday morning. Read URBANET's report on the first day of the conference!
At Habitat III, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) presented a new initiative to tackle the dire need for worldwide sustainable urban mobility solutions. With the “Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)”, the Ministry and its partners are planning to support cities on their route to make accessible, sustainable transport available to their citizens.
On Monday, 17 October 2016, from 3 pm – 4:15 pm, the Quito side event "Follow-up and Review of the New Urban Agenda" is taking place. The panel discussion will bring together stakeholders, experts and decision-makers to discuss options for follow-up and review (FUR) of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The panel discussion will be moderated by William Cobbett, with Rafael Tuts (tbc), Sirly Castro Tuirán, and Dr. Peter Kurz as discussants. Come and join us!
Commentary by Dr. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board.
After a final round of negotiations, Sept. 7 - 10 at UN Headquarters in New York, the member states agreed on the New Urban Agenda text to be adopted at the Habitat III conference this year, Oct. 17 – 21 in Quito. An agreement on the text was reached during extended negotiations, after a number of outstanding issues remained following the third Preparatory Committee Meeting in late July.
Against the background of Habitat III in Quito in October, “Considerations for the Follow-up and Review of the New Urban Agenda” develops recommendations for the follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda. These recommendations reflect lessons learned from relevant international agreements and urban initiatives, and also consider how all relevant actors can be encouraged to participate in the follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda.
The UN Major Group for Children and Youth is the officially mandated space for young people to participate in UN processes. How does their involvement play out in regard to the Habitat III negotiations and the New Urban Agenda? And what are their demands?
PrepCom III held in Surabaya in July 2016 was supposed to finalize the New Urban Agenda. However, finding a common ground on the institutional framework that enables urban development and on the follow-up of the New Urban Agenda turned out to be difficult, and the draft is now expected to be finalised during informal consultations in New York.