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

URBANET| November 17th 2016|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATION, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|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

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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“We need political commitment by national and local governments”

URBANET| 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

URBANET| 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

URBANET| 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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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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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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“It’s a voluntary agreement, it depends on us”

URBANET| October 16th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , |

At the "Co-producing sustainable cities?" conference in September 2016, we talked to Günter Meinert of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH) about his hopes for the Quito conference.

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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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Proximity City – improving access, avoiding transport

Cornie Huizenga & Mark Major| October 12th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Cornie Huizenga & Mark Major

Cornie Huizenga & Mark Major

Secretary General & Senior Advisor at Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
Cornie Huizenga is the Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the largest multi-stakeholder partnership working on sustainable transport. The SLoCaT Partnership plays a lead role in the integration of sustainable, low-carbon transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change, especially the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Mark Major is a Senior Advisor to the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT). His focus is on the global sustainable development processes and the developing “action agendas” resulting from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Habitat III. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Transport Science (Ministry of Transport) in Beijing. Previously, he was the Team Leader for Sustainable Urban Mobility for the European Commission.
Cornie Huizenga & Mark Major

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Urban transport systems are already under pressure with growing congestion in most urban areas. Given the rising demand for transport per person and the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we need a rapid transformation in urban mobility patterns and modes, argue our authors Cornie Huizenga and Mark Major of SLoCaT.

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Voices on Habitat, Part III

URBANET| October 10th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , |

In the run-up to the German Habitat Forum in June 2016, people from all over the world were asked how they imagine the city of the future, what they expected from local, national and international authorities for their city, and how their city has evolved. The series "Voice on Habitat" projects an image of the issues that the New Urban Agenda has to tackle, and gives a voice to the people who will be directly affected by its implementation. In the third video, people were asked how their city has evolved and what they liked or disliked about it.

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Voices on Habitat, Part II

URBANET| September 30th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , |

In the run-up to the German Habitat Forum in June 2016, people from all over the world were asked how they imagine the city of the future, what they expected from local, national and international authorities for their city, and how their city has evolved. The series "Voice on Habitat" projects an image of the

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Urban Governance for Sustainable Global Development: From the SDGs to the New Urban Agenda 

Eva Dick| September 23rd 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , , |

Eva Dick

Eva Dick

Eva Dick is a senior researcher at the Department of Environmental Policy and Natural Resources at DIE working on urban development, urban/regional governance, urban informality and migration, among other topics.
Eva Dick

“Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” - this is the call to action formulated in Sustainable Development Goal 11. Although this reflects an awareness of urban governance issues in regard to sustainable development, our author argues that many of these issues are still neglected and need to be further elaborated.

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Voices on Habitat, Part I

URBANET| September 21st 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , |

In the run-up to the German Habitat Forum in June 2016, people from all over the world were asked how they imagine the city of the future, what they expected from local, national and international authorities for their city, and how their city has evolved. The series "Voice on Habitat" projects an image of the issues that the New Urban Agenda has to tackle, and gives a voice to the people who will be directly affected by its implementation.

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