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4 September - 16h30-18h30


Metropolises at Work: Governance, Finance, and the Execution of Public Policies

The networking event proposed by the Initiative builds on the first meeting held in São Paulo in June 2012 and aims to develop the discussion on the metropolitan governance models that cities are adopting, with a special emphasis on public-private relationships as a factor in the execution and financing of public policies in metropolitan areas. More...

Overall list of selected networking events

NE 3 (Mon 3rd Sept/ 14.30-16.30 hrs): Partenariat Français pour la Ville et les Territoires (PFVT), France, “Decentralization and access to basic services for all, experience and feedback from the French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development (Partenariat français pour la ville et les territoires)"

NE 6 (Mon 3rd Sept / 14.30-16.30 hrs): Co-produced by Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok), University of Buenos Aires, and The New School (New York): "Design and Development: Anticipating the Future of Bangkok, Buenos Aires, and New York"

NE 14 (Mon 3rd Sept/ 14.30-16.30 hrs): Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, US, "Urban Planning for Climate Change and Environmental Risk Reduction"

NE 16 (Mon 3rd Sept  /14.30-16.30 hrs): The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, Sweden, "Green Public Spaces for Liveable and Sustainable Cities"

NE 18 (Mon 3rd Sept  /14.30-16.30 hrs): KIST – Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design, Department of Architecture. Rwanda, "Planning and Design Studio for (in)formal cities: the teaching/learning challenge in the global south"

NE 42 (Mon 3rd Sept  /16.30-18.30 hrs): World Health Organization Centre for Health Development, Japan, “Empowering the future of cities: Addressing urban health and health equity through inter-sectoral action"

NE 44 (Mon 3rd Sept  /16.30-18.30 hrs): FAO Italy "Food and agriculture for the urban future"

NE 47 (Tue 4th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): Agence Francaise de développement, France, "The role of public space as a driver to improve living conditions in the precarious neighborhoods of developing countries"

NE 58 (Tue 4th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): Cities Alliance, US, "Youth in the City: creating economic opportunities for the urban generation"

NE 61 (Tue 4th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): Ministry of Land Housing and Urban Development, Government of Uganda, "Recording land rights: a Government- Community Partnership to Pilot STDM"

NE 62 (Tue 4th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), Philippines, "Realizing Sustainable Cities: Linking Cities to Climate Financing"

NE 63 (Tue 4th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): Asian Habitat Society, China, "Urban Landscape Development"

NE 64 (Tue 4th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): UNISDR, Switzerland, "Mayoral Dialogue: Making Cities Resilient"

NE 67 (Tue 4th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): Huairou Commission. Women Homes and Community, US, "Grassroots women’s anticorruption strategies for building inclusive and equitable cities"

NE 68 (Tue 4th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs):  Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Switzerland, "Improving urban development and security of tenure through human rights"

NE 69 (Tue 4th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): Development Planning Unit, University College London UK "The Challenges of Urban Planning for a Disaster Resilient Future"

NE 70 (Tue 4th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): Brazilian Ministry of Cities, Brazil, "Slum upgrading programmes: the experience from developing countries"

NE 71 (Tue 4th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): Metropolis – World Association of the Major Metropolises, Spain, "Metropolises at Work: Governance, Finance and the Execution of Public Policies"

NE 77 (Tue 4th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): Arab Urban Development Institute, Saudi Arabia "Arab Mayors’ Forum for Sustainable Urbanization"

NE 82 (Tue 4th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs):  University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy and Science Po, Paris, France, Italy / France, "Slums in Europe: poverty and informal settlements in prosperous cities"

NE 87 (Tue 4th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): AMRA - University of Naples Federico II - Department of Structural Engineering, Italy, "Resilience and sustainability in relation to disasters: a challenge for future cities"

NE 91 (Wed 5th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France, "Strategic urban planning as a sustainable development factor for future cities"

NE 95 (Wed 5th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS), South Africa "Comparative Urban Case Study Research in the Global South"

NE 97 (Wed 5th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): Bangladesh Municipality Development Fund (BMDF), Bangladesh, "Trend of urbanization"

NE 99 (Wed 5th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): World Vision Australia "Cross-sectoral partnerships to improve urban service delivery: Lessons from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe"

NE 102 (Wed 5th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): Oxford Brookes University, UK, "Urban resilience: learning from experience and moving towards a more common understanding”

NE 106 (Wed 5th Sept / 14.00-16.00 hrs): The World Bank, US, 'Integrated Approach to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation"

NE 115 (Wed 5th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): Instituto Pereira Passos, Prefeitura de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, "An integrated Participatory Planning – Safer Cities – Slum Upgrading Approach to build Urban Equity"

NE 117 (Wed 5th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): Civil Society Urban Development Programme (CSUDP), Kenya "Popular Citizens Participation in the Management and Governance of Urban Areas in the new Counties of Kenya"

NE 122 (Wed 5th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): RefugePoint "Acute on Chronic: The challenge of urban refugees in a complex urban environment"

NE 123 (Wed 5th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): Lantmateriet, Sweden, "Land administration and sustainable economic development"

NE 128  (Wed 5th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Germany, "Towards Resilient Cities"

NE 133 (Wed 5th Sept / 16.30-18.30 hrs): United States Agency for International Development (USAID), US, "Using Partnerships to Support Urbanization

Training events*

TE 6 (Tue 4th Sept, 9.00-12.00 hrs) Huairou Commission, USA, "Engaging with Women's Leadership for Positive Change: Avoiding Evictions and Gaining Secure Tenure for the Urban Poor"

TE 15 (Wed 5th Sept, 9.00-12.00 hrs) ILO/UN-Habitat and New Synergies for  Development, Switzerland, "How to Foster Livelihood Strategies in Key Sectors of the Economy in Low-Income Settlements"

TE 20 (Wed 5th Sept, 9.00-12.00 hrs) Institute of Housing Studies, Netherlands, "How to prioritize climate change adaptation and mitigation actions: A system to guide urban policy makers and planners decisions in planning for climate change"

TE 22  (Wed 5th Sept, 9.00-12.00 hrs) International Urban Training Centre (IUTC), Korea, "Climate friendly Eco-city Planning and Development & Urban CDM"


Overall list of selected Side Events

Side event 2 (Tue 4th Sept): A Conversation about Linking Farmers to Local Buyers: Opportunities, Challenges and Successes. Organized by Wilfrid Laurier University ‐ Cardiff University  FAO Food For the Cities

Side event 3 (Tue 4th Sept): « Decentralized urban cooperation : developing the capacities of local authorities in the global South. Organized by: Cités Unies France and Association des Maires de grandes Villes de France

Side event 13 (Wed 5th Sept): Sustainable urban development as a country’s priority. The role of national urban for a for shaping development policies. Organized by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Side event 15 (Wed 5th Sept): Green Cities for Health and Wellbeing – The key role of trees, forests and urban planning for resilient cities. Organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Forestry department and “Food for the Cities” multidisciplinary initiative), Italy

Side event 17 (Wed 5th Sept): Cities as engines of national economic growth. Organized by African Sister Cities International Network (ASCIN), Nigeria