10 years of the Leipzig Charta: a model for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs?

By | 2017-06-14T17:38:43+00:00 June 14th 2017|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, REALISING INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , , , , |

This year’s Federal Congress on National Urban Development Policy in Germany focuses on the Leipzig Charta’s 10th anniversary and future perspectives for sustainable cities in Europe. Timo Munzinger of the German Association of Cities (Deutscher Städtetag) discusses the relevance of the Leipzig Charta for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, calling for the Leipzig Charta to be brought up to date to meet current urbanisation challenges.

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Mayor of Berlin highlights role of cities in sustainable development

By | 2017-05-26T16:29:17+00:00 May 24th 2017|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , |

In his contribution to URBANET, Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller outlines his expectations and hopes for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

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“I think the Smart Cities are on the right track” – An interview with GP Hari, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:46+00:00 April 28th 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , , |

The city of Kochi in India is a Smart City, meaning that it is well connected and accessible, and over time is being developed into a clean, green and healthy city that is governed in a smart way. In an interview with URBANET, GP Hari from Kochi Metro Rail Ltd talks about how the city is tackling the Smart City approach and what the future might bring.

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“The New Urban Agenda lacks a human rights focus” – Interview with Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:49+00:00 March 23rd 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The absence of a human rights approach and the lack of a focus on social justice in the New Urban Agenda is an cause of concern, says Shivani Chaudry from the Housing and Land Rights Network. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses these issues in relation to housing.

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“Some very important elements were left out of the New Urban Agenda” – Interview with Lorena Zárate from Habitat International Coalition

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:50+00:00 March 16th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

National and local governments must value and support community-driven development, says Lorena Zárate. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses viable and non-viable approaches to housing, democracy, and everybody's Right to the City.

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“I hope the New Urban Agenda will be a tool” – An interview with Sonia Dias from WIEGO

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:50+00:00 March 10th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES|Tags: , , , |

Sonia Dias has been working with grassroots organizations and in the informal sector in Brazil and beyond since the 1980s. A sociologist by training, her work focusses on participatory processes in waste management, always keeping the focus on the role of women in this field. In an interview with URBANET she spoke about what women can do to better make their voice heard and be more empowered in the city.

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“Communities do not have to be socially divided” – Interview with José Morales, former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements, Ecuador

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:50+00:00 March 2nd 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

José Morales, the former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Ecuador, gives his view on the country's housing situation and social inequality.

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“This is a very good moment for change” – Interview with Jorge Wolpert, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing in Mexico

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:50+00:00 February 28th 2017|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , , |

In an interview with URBANET, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing of Mexico's Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial & Urban Development (Sedatu). Jorge Wolpert explains what specific challenges Mexican cities are facing in terms of sustainable urban development.

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

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:52+00:00 January 12th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

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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“Nobody plans for slums” – An interview with SDI’s Sarah Nandudu

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:56+00:00 November 17th 2016|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , |

Slums and informal settlements are not just a matter of housing quality, they also affect the quality of life that people have, their health and their chances at a good education. At the Habitat III conference in Quito, URBANET talked to Sarah Nandudu, vice-chairperson of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, about community building in slums, the responsibility of the New Urban Agenda, and what formal settlements can still learn from informal ones.

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

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:57+00:00 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

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:57+00:00 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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“We need political commitment by national and local governments”

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:57+00:00 October 24th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , |

Now that the New Urban Agenda has been adopted, everyone is talking about implementation. URBANET talked to GIZ’s Günter Meinert about what it takes to make the New Urban Agenda a reality.

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Live from Quito, Day 4: Closing Day

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:57+00:00 October 21st 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Yesterday, the Habitat III conference came to an end. As a milestone for sustainable urban development, the delegates adopted the New Urban Agenda. Read URBANET's full report on Quito, Day 4!

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Live from Quito, Day 3: Partnerships, Smart Cities, and urban-rural linkages

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:57+00:00 October 20th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday at Habitat III, Sarah Nandudu from Slum Dwellers International and Mayor Manuel Fernando Velarde Dellepiane of San Isidro district in Lima, Peru, talked about networking and Smart Cities. To find out what else happened, read URBANET's report on the events of the third day of the conference!

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