High Level Meeting on Cities and Climate Change

United Nations Headquarters
03 October 2011

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The 2011 World Habitat Day theme was “Cities and Climate Change” and focused on climate change and the rapid rate of urbanization in the world as leading international development challenges of the twenty-first century. It also highlighted that cities present challenges but also offer opportunities for innovative ideas and solutions to climate change and other […]

Better City/ Better Life – North – South Initiative

United Nations Headquarters
18 May 2011

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The Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization in collaboration with UN Habitat, South-South News, and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter hosted the South-South/South-North Initiative conference on sustainable urbanization at the United Nations. The conference presented an exchange of innovations from the developing South – as identified at the 2010 World Urban Forum in Rio. […]

Better City/ Better Life

United Nations Headquarters
04 October 2010

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On World Habitat Day 2010, Monday, 4 October, cities worldwide hosted programs on the 2010 Better City/ Better Life theme. The Better City/ Better Life theme highlighted our collective vision of a sustainable urban world that harnesses the potential and possibilities, mitigates inequalities and disparities, and provides a home for people of all cultures and […]

Framework for Collaboration – Designing Sustainable Plans

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
24 March 2010

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The consortium of UN, institutional, professional, and academic organizations responsible for UN Conferences on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age will focused on the nexus between education, health, architecture and planning, and discussed the methods of development of city-specific plans, such as PlaNYC in New York and Greenworks in Philadelphia. Panelists went beyond best practices […]

The Role of Infrastructure in Metropolitan Development

ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters
13 May 2009

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The ‘Forum on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age – Towards Sustainable Infrastructure Development’ sought to provide a forum for sharing best practices among countries and cities on the use of infrastructure in achieving sustainable development in urban areas. It aims to provide a venue for dialogue and exchange of experiences on improving capacities of […]

United Nations Forum on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age

ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters
23/24 April 2008

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The Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age Conference seeked to address the global challenges posed by rapid urbanization and its impact on global warming and the natural environment – from poverty and inequality to natural and manmade disasters – by calling for better sustainable planning for urban growth.