Nairobi, Kenya, 2 October 2018 – The fifth season of the UN-Habitat Global Urban Lectures has been launched with one lecture scheduled every week. The biography of the lecturer, a synopsis of the lecture and suggestions for further reading material on the topics are included with each lecture package. Among topics to be covered in this joint initiative by UN-Habitat and leading global universities are gender and mobility, the informal economy, slum tourism and participatory planning.

The first four seasons of the series recorded over 140,000 views in 65 countries. The 15-minute video lecture series feature experts in sustainable urban development sharing their knowledge and experience with Un-Habitat’s broad base of global partners. Among key speakers in the new season series are Inés Sanchez de Madariaga, UNESCO chair for gender at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Alison Brown of the University of Cardiff, Ko Koens of Breda University and Elisa Maceratini of Interazioni Urbane.

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