Better City/ Better Life – North – South Initiative

United Nations Headquarters, New York May 18, 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. For most of the second half of the 20th century the developing world relied heavily on the expertise, advice and resources of the developed world. The premise was that the best way for developing nations to thrive was to emulate the developed world. However, this premise has become increasingly questionable as economic shifts and the application of leapfrog technologies have allowed some countries from the developing South to lead the world in addressing problems created by rapid worldwide urbanization. The conference explored the extent to which those innovations and leapfrog technologies may have applicability in the developed world – hence the term South-North Initiative.

Date: 18 May 2011

Location: United Nations Headquarters

Partners: UN Habitat, AIANY, South-South News, CUNY, NJIT



2011 South-North Initiative Agenda

2011 South-North Initiative Flyer

2011 South-North Initiative Preamble