United Nations Forum on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age

ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York April 23-24, 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.

Date: 23/24 April 2008

Location: ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters

Partners: GAID, United Nations, UN Habitat, AIANY, Regional Plan Association, CUNY, NJIT, New York New Visions

The conference was jointly organized by the Global Alliance for ICT and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA-GAID), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Regional Plan Association with the City of New York.

Sponsors included the Municipality of Kartal, Istanbul, Turkey and the Building Social Housing Foundation (BSHF).  Partners include the Urban Land Institute, NJIT School of Architecture, the Institute for International Urban Development, City University of New York School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture, United Cities and Local Governments, IsoCarp, New York New Visions, and the World Architecture Community.

The conference invited representatives of Member States, local authorities, policy makers, developers, architects, engineers, planners, designers, members of civil society, media, ICT experts, and the private sector to engage in a policy dialogue, with the aim of establishing a sustainable environment worldwide.

The outcomes of the conference were the following:

  • analyzed the approach of cities from all over the world in their dealings to address sustainable urban development;
  • demonstrated best practices and lessons learnt from these cities;
  • created awareness on the role of ICT  in the area of sustainable architecture  and urban planning in a globalizing world;
  • increased involvement in Millennium Declaration values and respect for nature and the Millennium Development Goal 7;
  • encouraged dialogue among representatives of different countries, regions, professions and those who have different expertise in the areas of policy-making, architecture, urban planning, engineering and  transportation;  and
  • established new relationships between those involved in ICT, sustainable architecture, urban planning and design.  ​


Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age

2008 UN Forum Preamble

2008 UN Forum Announcement

2008 UN Forum Agenda