CSU Honorary Committee Dinner

New York City
September 20, 2017

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NEW YORK – H.E. Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chair of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) Advisory Board, hosted the New York-based, non-for-profit organization’s Inaugural Honorary Committee Dinner to celebrate the launching of its fourth book in supporting of the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda.

The dinner celebrated the launch of the fourth CSU book “Gateway Portals to the City,” which summarized proceedings of the recent UN conference held on May 19, 2017 at the UN Headquarters with the participation of the Presidents of the UN General Assembly and ECOSOC. The conference was a collaboration between the CSU, UN-Habitat, and the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter.

The dinner, held at the prestigious private club, The Century Association in New York, witnessed the participation of a host of dignitaries including CSU Advisory Board Members, CSU Board members and special guests including Dr. Joan Clos, UN Undersecretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat; David Piscuskas, President, AIA New York Chapter; Tom Wright, President, Regional Plan Organization; Tom Dallessio, President, CEO and Publisher, Next City; Vincent Boudreau, Interim President, City College of New York; Michael P.M. Spies, Senior Managing Director, Tishman Speyer; and many others.

CSU President James McCullar welcomed guests and highlighted CSU work as a New York based non-profit organization 501(c)(3) formed to promote a better understanding of the role of sustainable urbanization and resilient design in the planning of our cities. Its mission is to connect global thought leaders, academicians, and governments concerned with urbanization for an exchange of ideas and best practices in high-level meetings and public forums at the UN and the Center for Architecture in New York. Since its inception, the CSU has partnered with UN-Habitat and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, and collaborated with the Regional Plan Association and many others in bringing the architectural and planning community, local officials and academicians to the UN. He noted “We are pleased our conferences have attracted high level U.S., international and UN officials, including the Secretary General”.

In his Keynote speech, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh said: “I would like to start by commending you and thanking you all for the highly successful event organized by the CSU at the United Nations, in collaboration with UN-Habitat and other partners, on the role of portals in advancing sustainable and inclusive urbanization. Your commitment, dedication and leadership and your contributions to the discussions have been indispensable for the success of our initiatives.”

After comments by Dr. Joan Clos, CSU Board Member Lance Jay Brown led a lively discussion on the ways CSU can help the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda, and CSU Vice President Dr. Aliye P. Celik closed the meeting announcing future initiatives of the CSU.

H.E. Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh

H.E. Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chair, Advisory Board, Vincent Boudreau, Tom Dallessio, AICP, Maxinne Rhea Leighton, Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, FAIA, LEED AP, Theresa Williamson, Erich Winkler, Tom Wright, Dr. Joan Clos, Alan Brake, AIA, Dianne Davis, Yamina Djacta, Nicholas Hamilton, Navid Hanif, David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP, Ben Prosky, Christine Schlendorf, Michael P.M. Spies, Don Weinreich, FAIA, Andrew Whalley, AIA, James McCullar, FAIA, President & Founding Member; Dr. Aliye P. Celik, Vice President & Founding Member, Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, Founding Member; Dr. H. Oner Yurtseven, Secretary Treasurer; Fredrick Bell, FAIA, Board Member, Theodore Liebman, FAIA, Board Member, Ashley Simone, Courtney Prince.