News from UN-Habitat – Issue 1 – October 2014
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This Urban October, UN-Habitat is pleased to announce the re-launch of its corporate newsletter Urban Insight.

"Urban October" is an important month for UN-Habitat, a month full of major urban events: World Habitat Day, Urban Thinkers Campus and World Cities Day. You can read more about these events further below.

To the newsletter: Urban Insight delivers global news on key urban issues in the run up to the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) as we work towards more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements and a better urban life.
In this issue:
Featured story

Global partners join to push climate-smart cities

More than twenty development agencies, financial institutions, private sector investors and NGOs joined forces to launch the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance to accelerate investments in climate-smart urban infrastructure through collaborative action.

In support of a sustainable urban future, partners will leverage the Alliance to expand the scale and scope of their efforts and remove obstacles to ensure additional capital flows to cities – particularly from the private sector. The Alliance aims to close the investment gap in urban areas over the next 15 years.

Urban round-up
(1) Dr. Clos promotes urban legislation at Mexico’s Senate: On the last leg of his official mission to Mexico, UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos addressed the country’s Senate on urbanisation issues. More...
(2) Global Mayors Compact shows unity and ambition to tackle climate change: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and world city leaders announced the launch of a global Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest effort for cities to fight climate change. More...
(3) Preparatory Committee of Habitat III meets in New York: Calls for urgent action towards achieving sustainable urbanisation are voiced. More...
(4) Slum Upgrading takes off in Kenya’s Kilifi County: Safety concerns lead slum dwellers like Caleb to embrace the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP). More...
(5) UN-Habitat to provide homes to displaced families in Iraq: UN-Habitat joins the UN's wider assistance for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. More...
(6) The World We Want: Listening to the views of poor and marginalized people: Views from Vietnam. More...
(7) Disaster resilience training in the Philippines: In response to typhoon Yolanda, UN-Habitat has conducted a series of workshops for craftsmen in the Philippines. More...
Urban quote

"Transit and public space are key elements for equitable cities."

– Richard Florida, professor, urban theorist and author, speaking at UN-Habitat's World Urban Forum earlier this year.
What's happening in Urban October

6 October 2014: World Habitat Day

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. The theme for 2014 will be "Voices of Slums." Read more...

15 - 18 October 2014: Urban Thinkers Campus in Caserta, Italy

The Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat in association with the Universal Forum of Cultures of Naples and Campania. Focused on the theme "The City We Need," the Campus invites all urban stakeholders to share their views on diverse urban topics such as infrastructure, technologies, standards, trends and dynamics. The Campus is organized in the city of Caserta, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site in the region of Campania, 40 km north of Naples. Read more...

31 October 2014: World Cities Day in Shanghai, China

In 2013, the UN designated the 31 October of every year, beginning in 2014, as World Cities Day. The first ever World Cities Day will be held in Shanghai, China. All UN member states, the UN system, international organizations, civil societies and stakeholders are invited to observe and raise awareness of the World Cities Day. Read more...

Did you know?
Cities account for as much as 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more about UN-Habitat and climate change...
Featured project

The World Urban Campaign

The World Urban Campaign is UN-Habitat’s partners’ platform preparing for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The Campaign acts as a global advocacy and partnership platform to promote dialogue, sharing, and learning about improving our urban future.

It is driven by a wide range of dedicated partners including civil society organizations, local authorities, the private sector, research institutions, professionals, academia, parliamentarians, trade unions, youth groups, and the media. The World Urban Campaign is coordinated by UN-Habitat.

Up next
  • 6 October 2014: World Habitat Day
  • 6 October 2014: Unpacking Metropolitan Governance at Metropolis in Hyderabad
  • 15-18 October 2014: Urban Thinkers Campus in Caserta, Italy
  • 22-25 October 2014: International Healthy Cities Conference in Athens, Greece
  • 31 October 2014: World Cities Day in Shanghai, China
  • 1-5 November 2014: Global Mayors Forum in Shenzen, China
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