Towards the liveable city

Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow| November 16th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow

Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow

Urban Development Specialists at GIZ, University of Stuttgart and IHS
Alexandra Linden currently supports the decentralisation reform and regional development process in Ukraine on behalf of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ GmbH) in cooperation with the European Union.

Astrid Ley is course director of the international master program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD). Her expertise and publication record include topics related to the urbanisation in the Global South, housing processes, and the role of local governance and civil society.

Alexander Jachnow is the Head of USP (Urban Strategies and Planning) at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).
His research and teaching focus on the challenges and opportunities of urbanization processes in the Global South. He represented the IHS and its academic networks in the preparations of the New Urban Agenda and at the HABITAT conference in Quito.
Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow

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The German government pushes for a New Urban Agenda oriented towards the vision of the “lebenswerte Stadt”, i.e. a city worth to live in, but is mostly translated with “liveable city”. But how do we define “liveable”? Our authors Alexandra Linden, Astrid Ley and Alexander Jachnow contend that it goes beyond “freedom from fear” and “freedom from want” as proposed by the UN. Liveability, construed as Quality of life shouldn’t just be determined by indicator models, but within a specific local context and in conjunction with international standards.

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

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

Guenter Meinert

Guenter Meinert

Guenter Meinert has extensive work experience in decentralization, local governance and urban development in developing countries. He is Programme Manager atheadquarter, advising the German Ministry of Cooperation on its urban development policies. In 2008, he was appointed honorary professor for urban management at the Berlin Institute of Technology. He began his professional career as researcher at the University of Kaiserslautern. From 2007 until 2011 he was seconded as a Senior Urban Specialist to the Secretariat of the "Cities Alliance – Cities without Slums", a global program hosted by the World Bank.
Guenter Meinert

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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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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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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