From Blade Runner to Habitat IV, Part II: How livelihoods can make or break the City of Tomorrow

Edmundo Werna| January 12th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Edmundo Werna

Edmundo Werna

Edmundo Werna worked for over 35 years on different aspects of urban development with particular attention to municipal management, livelihoods and housing. He started his career in the 1980s in field activities such as territorial planning and upgrading of low-income settlements, moving on to policy advice and academic research. Werna joined the UN in 1998 and is currently with the ILO (International Labour Office). He has a PhD degree in urban development from the University of London (UK).
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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.

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Habitat III – Looking back on a milestone in the global urban development debate

URBANET| November 1st 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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.

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Impressions of Habitat III

URBANET| October 28th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , |

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!

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Live from Quito, Day 1: The official opening of Habitat III

URBANET| October 18th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , |

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!

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Transforming transport: A new initiative for sustainable urban mobility was launched in Quito

URBANET| October 18th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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.

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After Habitat III – How to implement the New Urban Agenda

URBANET| October 17th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The official Habitat III conference has not yet started, but a whole range of initiatives and representatives of organisations already shared their views on how to implement the New Urban Agenda once it has been adopted.

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Quito Side Event: Follow-up and Review of the New Urban Agenda

URBANET| October 14th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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!

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“Successful cities need to be governed, not just administrated”

Christoph Beier| September 14th 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , |

Christoph Beier

Christoph Beier

Vice-Chair of the Management Board at GIZ
Dr Christoph Beier was appointed to the Management Board of former Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in 2010 and has been Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board since 2011. From 2000 he held various leading management positions within GTZ and initially headed the Planning and Development Department and then different Regional Departments. Before, Christoph Beier advised the Ministry of the Interior in Indonesia on decentralization on behalf of GTZ and worked as research and teaching assistant to the chair for economics and social geography at Ruhr-University Bochum as well as for a business promotion agency and for the Ministry of Economics in Saarland.
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Commentary by Dr. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board.

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New Urban Agenda Text Agreed on in New York

Max Lohmann| September 13th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , |

Max Lohmann

Max Lohmann

Policy Advisor at GIZ
Max Lohmann is a Policy Advisor at GIZ and part of the sector project on urban development. He focusses on international policy processes, including the Habitat III preparatory process. Before joining GIZ he was an analyst for the UNOPS Partnerships Office in Washington, D.C. He obtained his Master’s Degree in International Relations and Economics with a focus on Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
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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.

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New study: Follow-up and Review of the New Urban Agenda

URBANET| September 6th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , |

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.

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Youth: Habitat III’s Force to Be Reckoned With

Christopher Dekki| August 30th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Christopher Dekki

Christopher Dekki

Policy Analysis and Advocacy Officer at Communitas Coalition
Christopher Dekki is the former Policy Analysis and Advocacy Officer of the Communitas Coalition. He now works with UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development in stakeholder engagement, especially around the review of the SDGs. For many years, he has been active in the UN policy advocacy work of youth organizations like the International Movement of Catholic Students, as well as the UN Major Group for Children and Youth. He is also an adjunct professor of political science at St. Joseph's College in New York City.
Christopher Dekki

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?

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PrepCom III in Surabaya: Finding a joint position on the New Urban Agenda

URBANET| August 23rd 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , |

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.

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Voices on the New Urban Agenda

URBANET| July 26th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , |

From 1 to 2 June 2016 more than 1.000 urban development experts met in Berlin during the German Habitat Forum. We asked several of the attendees what they think should be at the core of the New Urban Agenda. Here are their answers.

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The challenges of urbanisation – How cities have to reinvent themselves

URBANET| July 21st 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , |

Across the world, people are relocating to cities. They are the places in which global challenges emerge, but at the same time, where change and progress are shaped. The New Urban Agenda has to support cities to fulfil their role as central actors for sustainable development.

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Financing sustainable development: the role of cities as the key for necessary investments

URBANET| July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , , |

In order for cities to be able to fulfil their role as actors and spaces for sustainable development, they require solid financing. The growing need for investment in respect of infrastructure poses a great challenge for cities across the globe to find new ways for them to be able to increase their often scarce resources.

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