High-level Meeting on Sustainable Urbanization in Konya, Turkey, New York City, United Nations
Urban issues are increasingly weighting higher on the international agenda. Urbanization, among others became a major topic at the Rio+20 Conference. The sixth World Urban Forum which was convened in Naples in September 2012, emphasized the urge of a Urban Agenda by celebrating the theme of Urban Future. These consequent meetings enlightened the path to the UN-Habitat III Conference, to be held in 2016.
Date: 09 March 2012
Location: Konya, Turkey
Partners: UN Habitat, Konya Municipality
Konya is a vibrant city in the heart of Anatolia with a population of 2 million people at an annual population growth rate of 12 per cent. Almost 75% of its inhabitants live in the urban centers. Konya is also a historical city, a cradle of civilizations in Anatolia, from Hitites to Persians and from Romans to Seljuks and Ottomans.
One could easily say that Konya with its cultural and historical heritage is well positioned to offer an interesting case study from urbanization perspective. With a holistic approach integrating population dynamics and industrialization with cultural and historical aspects, cities like Konya can also contribute substantively to global endeavor on sustainable urbanization.