“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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The challenges in achieving sustainable urban development for cities in Ghana

URBANET| August 9th 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , |

What are the challenges Ghanaian cities face in achieving sustainable development? Isaac Ashai Omdatten, Mayor of Tema, describes how he makes his city more livable.

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“One actor alone doesn’t have the solution” – leading urban change collectively

Petra Kuenkel| July 25th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , |

Petra Kuenkel

Petra Kuenkel

Executive Director at Collective Leadership Institute
Petra Kuenkel is an author and leading strategic advisor to pioneering international multi-stakeholder initiatives that tackle common goods and sustainability issues. As a Member of the Club of Rome and the Executive Director of the Collective Leadership Institute, she promotes the scaling-up of collaboration skills for change agents from the private sector, public sector and civil society. She is a pioneering thinker on re-inventing leadership as a collective competence. Petra Kuenkel is the author of the ground-breaking publication “The Art of Leading Collectively” (Chelsea Green, US, 2016).
Petra Kuenkel

Multi-stakeholder partnerships and the capacity to lead change collectively are decisive if we aim for the creation of a sustainable urban future. In an interview with Urbanet, Petra Kuenkel, Executive Director of the Collective Leadership Institute, presented her insights on the success factors of urban development partnerships and their implications for the New Urban Agenda.

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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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Creating an enabling environment for sustainable cities

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

William Cobbett

William Cobbett

Director at Cities Alliance
William Cobbett is Director of the Cities Alliance. He joined the Cities Alliance in 2001 from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Nairobi. Before that, William Cobbett was National Coordinator of the Department of Local and Regional Government, and Housing in South Africa and Director of Housing for Cape Town.
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In many countries cities are struggling to satisfy even the basic needs of their population. Therefore, we need a more sober and objective assessment of the essential conditions that will need to be in place if cities are to properly perform the functions anticipated in the SDGs.

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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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How partnerships can help cities make the New Urban Agenda a reality

Marie-Alexandra Kurth| July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , |

Marie-Alexandra Kurth

Marie-Alexandra Kurth

Senior Urban Specialist at Cities Alliance
Alexandra Kurth joined Cities Alliance in March 2014 and works as a Senior Urban Specialist in the Programme Unit. She is the most recent in a long line of GIZ staff that have been very successfully seconded to the Cities Alliance Secretariat. She is the Task Manager for the Ghana Country Programme and the focal point for the Habitat III Joint Work Programme. She also provides support to the Latin America and Caribbean Region and the Resilience Joint Work Programme.
Marie-Alexandra Kurth

The vibrant, multi-level partnerships that have been formed in Accra through the Cities Alliance Land, Services and Citizenship programme show why inclusive partnerships are our best chance of achieving sustainable development.

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Integrated capacity building for urban governance, planning and management

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

Patrick Wakely

Patrick Wakely

Professor Emeritus of Urban Development at University of London
Patrick Wakely is Professor Emeritus of Urban Development at the University of London and former Director of the Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London from 1989-2003. An architect by training, he has 40 years of experience of research, consultancy and teaching in housing, planning and urban development on which he has worked in over 20 developing countries. He has held full-time academic appointments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United Kingdom. His recent work has been concerned with the development and impact of participatory approaches to the production of low-income group housing and slum upgrading and the local level delivery of services and the management of infrastructure in cities. He co-authored the European Commission Urban Development Policy for Development Co-operation (1999), led the drafting group for the UK DFID strategy paper ‘Meeting the Challenge of Poverty in Urban Areas’ (2001) and co-ordinated the studies for the United Nations Global Report on Human Settlements 2003 ‘The Challenge of Slums’. Recent books have included ‘Making Planning Work: A Guide to Approaches and Skills’ (with C. Hague, J.Crespin, C.Jasco, 2006) and ‘Communities and Communication: Building Urban Partnerships’ (with E.Riley, 2005). He was a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Human Settlements Research Network 2001-2005.
Patrick Wakely

To create the best possible outcomes for city projects and planning, local governments need appropriate capacities at all levels. These capacities exist in different forms and in an urban context are arguably especially important on a local level.

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Shortcut: The Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow

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

In the course of the German Habitat Forum taking place on 1 and 2 June 2016 in Berlin the so called “Berlin Recommendations” were developed and ultimately passed by more than 1000 participants from 74 countries. Here are the recommendations in short.

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“Cities are the future driving force in Asia”

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

Claudia Hermes

Claudia Hermes

Coordinator for GIZ at Cities Development in Asia
Claudia Hermes has worked for several years for a number of German corporations and for the German Bundestag before starting a job at the GIZ ten years ago. Since then she has worked for the GIZ in various locations in East-and West-Africa, among others as the country director of Mauritania. Since 2016 she is the director of Cities Development in Asia (CDIA), a common project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
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There is no shortage of ideas for sustainable development projects in Asia. However, often the financial resources provided for environmental and climate protection projects as well as waste water, energy or infrastructure projects is scarce. The Cities Development Initiative for ASIA (CDIA) supports Asian cities in finding investors and building their infrastructure. In an interview with Urbanet CDIA-Coordinator for GIZ Claudia Hermes explains how the CDIA works and what the idea behind it is.

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