by Aliye Pekin Celik, Chair of CSU Board of Directors
This publication has the objective of introducing the impressive work done by the United Nations in the area of sustainable urbanization, to architects, planners and design professionals. They are and will be playing a fundamental role in shaping the cities, that will absorb in the two and a half billion people moving into them in the next 30 years, while giving them a chance to flourish.
On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, its efforts, to achieve sustainable urbanization and development over the years are told.
The final products of the United Nations’ efforts in the area of human settlements and sustainable urbanization, the Sustainable Development Goal 11 and the New Urban Agenda are introduced.
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About the author: Aliye P. Celik (PhD) has worked in the UN in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and at the UN-Habitat in New York office and in Nairobi. She has degrees from Middle East Technical University, from Princeton University and from Istanbul Technical University. Celik received a Special Citations (1997) (2009) and an Award for Excellence (1970) from the American Institute of Architects, among others. She is the Past President of CSU and an adviser of United Cities and Local Governments and some United Nations Programmes. Nowadays, she is Chair of CSU Board.