News from UN-Habitat - Issue10 - July 2015
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In July's edition of Urban Insight we focus on Partnerships.

From the high-level debates and conferences to the implementation of projects on the ground, UN-Habitat works closely with partners around the world to promote sustainable urban development and liveable cities for all.

In this issue:


Urban Thinkers Campus

The second of a series of Urban Thinkers Campuses coordinated by the World Urban Campaign took place as part of the Future of Places conference in Stockholm bringing participants from 76 contries to the urban debate.

Over the next 15 months in the run up to Habitat III, 28 such events will allow partners from all over the world to feed in to the New Urban agenda through the 'The City We Need' document.

The Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban actors who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations.

It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures.

More on the Urban Thinkers Campus

Urban Round Up

(1) Egypt Launches its First National Urban Forum:
Egypt last week held its first ever National Urban Forum, which enabled meaningful, public discussion on urbanization challenges and opportunities and by allowing free access to all who registered,..More...

(2) In Preparation for World Humanitarian Summit, a new Global Urban Crisis Partnership:
As part of the preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit, nearly 50 representatives of local governments, professional associations, academic and research institutes and humanitarian and development actors gathered recently in Barcelona to develop a common platform for advocacy and action,... More...

(3) UN-Habitat promotes sustainable urban planning and development in Myanmar:
UN-Habitat recently hosted a two-week mission of international experts to deliver urban planning training and undertake socioeconomic analysis of major Myanmar cities. More...

(4) Pakistan Minister and UN-Habitat launch the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Islamabad:
Pakistan's Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mr. Mushahidullah Khan, last Friday launched the publication 'Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Islamabad and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT)'. The well attended event coincided with,... More...

(5) UN-Habitat and partners hold forum on extension of Accra:
UN-Habitat and its partners recently held a forum to discuss the National Planned City Extension of the Grater Accra Region. The meeting held at the Central University College in Prampram brought together key political figures,... More...

(6) The Caribbean holds Fifth Urban Forum:
Some of the topics covered included land management, local economic development, energy efficiency and the urban response to the climate challenge. More...

(7) European Development Days root for urbanization:
The European Development Days, Europe's leading forum on global development and cooperation, came to a close with a strong emphasis on the linkage between urbanization and economic development of countries.More...

Urban quote

"We must change the idea of going into a community and saying, this is what we will do for you.
It should be driven around city dwellers' priorities and not the agencies."

- Clara Doe Mvogo, Mayor of Monrovia.
Urban Network: UNI Network

UNI Launches New Platform!

UN-Habitat's partnership with universities worldwide - UNI - is launching its new platform. Besides overviews of the current partners and their activities the site features interaction options through sharing materials, as well as engaging directly on particular areas of interest via the thematic hubs.

Feedback on the site is warmly welcome, please contact, cc

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  • 5th - 7th August 2015: Solutions to Urban Slums: Building on Communities Knowledge & Heritage
  • 1st - 3rd September 2015: Wamama Tunauwezo (Women Have the Power)
  • 7th - 8th September 2015: Habitat III Thematic Meeting, Israel
  • 6th - 7th October 2015: Habitat III Thematic Meeting, Canada
  • 1st - 30th October 2015: Urban October
  • 29th November - 3rd December 2015: Africities Summit
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