Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization

United Nations Headquarters, New York May 18, 2016, 14.00-18.00

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#ThinkUrban Co-organizers: @CSU_org @UNHABITAT_NY @Refugees @ilo @IOMatUN @uclg_org @CenterForArch @ItalyUN_NY, #GlobalMigrationGroup and #NetworkEleven See the webcast at the UN Web TV http://webtv.un.org More than half of the world’s refugees and displaced live in urban areas, often in fragile cities with high levels of inequality. If unplanned, migration and forced displacement can accelerate growth of informal settlements and […]

Network 11 – Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network

Barcelona, November 16, 2015

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The Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network aims to promote sharing experiences and good practices in the use of digital technologies to deliver sustainable urbanization, and to contribute to the discussion towards provide key elements to the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the New Urban Agenda.

World Habitat Day 2015: Public Spaces for All

United Nations Headquarters, New York October 5, 2015

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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, the American Institute Architects New York, UN Women, the Institute of Global Homelessness, the United Cities and Local Governments and the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the United Nations joined to host a high-level discussion, which covered key developments in the area of […]

Smart Cities – Delivering Sustainable Urbanism

Center for Architecture, New York February 11, 2015

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The growth of the development of smart cities is a recent popular discourse driven by changes in technology. How planners and designers utilise smart technology to engage in city development will change quickly in the future through the use of this technology. David Lock Associates is at the forefront of the latest thinking around smart […]

HABITAT III: The Role of Design, A Path for Sustainable Urbanization

Center for Architecture, New York September 12, 2014

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The third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) is an international conference of global importance. Every 20 years, under the aegis of the United Nations, the world’s national governments, NGOs, Civil Society and local stakeholders meet to develop a joint compact. This compact then informs national policies regarding key issues […]

ECOSOC INTEGRATION SEGMENT on Sustainable Urbanization

United Nations Headquarters, New York May 27-29, 2014

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The Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization recently collaborated with ECOSOC Secretariat in the preparations of the Integration Segment of ECOSOC on Sustainable Urbanization on 27-29 May 2014 at the UN headquarters. The three days high-level events invited Governments representatives, private sector, civil societies organizations, UN representatives, to highlight and strengthen the world wide discussion on the […]

SMART CITIES: How to Promote a Sustainable Urbanization

Center for Architecture, New York May 27, 2014

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A Side event as part of the ECOSOC Integration Segment at the Center for Architecture New York “SMART CITIES, how to promote a sustainable urbanization” Organized by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) in cooperation with UN-Habitat New York Office and co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter’s 2014 Presidential theme “Civic […]

WORLD URBAN FORUM 7 Urban Equity in Development: Cities for Life

Medellin, Colombia April 7, 2014

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 Smart Cities: How to make Cities Sustainable, Resilient And Equitable is organized by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) in cooperation with UN-Habitat and US Department of Housing and Urban Development at the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. The event provided a forum for representatives from government, NGOs, private sector, industry, academia, financial institutions, and United Nations […]

SMART CITIES, an opportunity for the citizen

Center for Architecture, New York December 12, 2013

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​The spread of smartphones and internet based applications is creating amazing possibilities for citizen interaction with their governments. Mobile telephony is booming in the developing word. In Africa, smartphones are taking the place of money or physical address, and is giving access to services beyond imagination only some years ago. Cities and their governors are […]

WORLD HABITAT DAY 2013, Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization

United Nations Headquarters October 4, 2013

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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, the Center for Resilient Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the American Institute Architects New York joined to host a high-level discussion that covered key developments in the area of resilient design in response to natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy that […]

High Level Meeting on Sustainable Urbanization in Konya

Konya, Turkey March 9, 2012

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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 […]

High Level Meeting on Cities and Climate Change

United Nations Headquarters, New York October 3, 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, 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. […]

Better City/ Better Life

United Nations Headquarters, New York October 4, 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 […]

How Creative Economies Can Lead to a Culture of Peace

ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters June 17-18, 2010

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This UN Habitat Workshop focused on the nexus between education, health, architecture and planning for the development of cities and regions. Prior to this workshop, CSU presented the methods of development for two city-specific plans – PlaNYC in New York and Greenworks in Philadelphia – at the World Urban Forum 5 in Rio in an […]

Framework for Collaboration – Designing Sustainable Plans

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil March 24, 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, New York May 13, 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, 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.