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Side Events at Rio+20

Meetings & Activities

Publications


Supporting Local Action for Biodiversity: The Role of National Governments, UN-Habitat, the Convention on Biological Diversity and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

Sustainable Urban Energy Planning: A Handbook for Cities and Towns in Developing Countries, UN-Habitat, UNEP and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability





News
13 Apr 2011 - Pushing for greener public transport and urban mobility

During UN-Habitat's 23rd Governing Council in April in Nairobi, more than 50 representatives of local governments met to discuss urban mobility and sustainable urban transport options aimed at reducing pollution, reducing congestion, conserving energy and helping make cities greener. Local authorities agreed at the meeting to make urban mobility around the world their priority for the year 2011.

11 Apr 2011 - UN-Habitat's 23rd Governing Council calls for optimism about future of cities

The twenty-third biennial meeting of governments in the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT took place in Nairobi in April with top officials describing it as a resounding success for the agency. The governments, which approved the work programme and budget for the coming two years, also adopted Resolution 23/17 (Sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access
to land, housing, basic services and infrastructure) which supports UN-Habitat's strengthened involvement in the preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

Background papers/Position papers
Urban Patterns for Sustainable Development: Towards a Green Economy, UN-Habitat Draft Working Paper (United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT))
Draft input to the UNCSD Rio 2012. Comments may be sent to uepb@unhabitat.org

What Does the Green Economy Mean for Sustainable Urban Development? (United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT))
A detailed report on the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) that took place on 17-18 February in Nairobi and explored linkages between the ?Green Economy? agenda and UN-Habitat?s traditional ?Urban Agenda?. It provides a summary of the conceptual linkage between cities and the green economy from a material flows perspective and also outlines some of the urban patterns that will shape and determine the way cities respond to the green economy challenge.

Dialogue on the special theme for the twenty-third session of the Governing Council: sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land, housing, basic services and infrastructure (United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT))
The paper aims to facilitate dialogue at the high-level segment of the twenty-third
session of the Governing Council. Governments, local authorities and other Habitat Agenda partners
are expected to discuss issues regarding expanding equitable access to land, housing, basic services
and infrastructure in the context of sustainable urban development and thereby contribute to the
upcoming discussions during the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
The paper reflects both the outcome of the fifth session of the World Urban Forum, held in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in March 2010, and the implementation of the UN-Habitat medium-term
strategic and institutional plan 2008?2013.
The paper highlights the following three sub-themes:
(a) Sustainable urban development;
(b) Integrated delivery of land, housing, basic services and infrastructure;
(c) The green economy in the context of sustainable urban development and eradication
of urban poverty and the institutional framework for sustainable urban development.
While the paper focuses on cities in developing countries, many of its observations and
recommendations are of global relevance because issues of land, housing, basic services and
infrastructure, within the context of sustainable urban development, urban poverty, the green
economy and the institutional framework for sustainable urban development, represent major
challenges for many urban areas in developed countries and countries with economies in transition.

Resolution 23/17: Sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land, housing, basic services and infrastructure (United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT))
'Recalling General Assembly resolution 64/236 of 24 December 2009, which outlines the three
objectives of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (to secure renewed
political commitment for sustainable development; to assess the progress to date and the remaining
gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development; and to
address new and emerging challenges) and further specifies two themes for the Conference, to be
discussed and refined during the preparatory process: the green economy within the context of
sustainable development and poverty eradication; and an institutional framework for sustainable
development, [...] 4. Encourages Governments and Habitat Agenda partners:
(a) To include the issue of sustainable urban development in their contributions to the
preparatory process for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, including on the
two themes identified in paragraph 20 (a) of General Assembly resolution 64/236 of 24 December
2009;'

Report on the dialogue on the special theme: Sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land, housing, basic services and infrastructure (United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT))
At its 5th and 6th plenary meetings, on Wednesday, 13 April 2011, the Council held a dialogue
on the special theme for the session, sustainable urban development through expanding equitable
access to land and housing, basic services and infrastructure. The dialogue consisted of a morning and
an afternoon session. Each session featured a moderator and a panel of speakers, opening statements,
presentations by the panel members, comments from the floor and reactions from the panellists.
Ms. Heli Sirve (Finland), the rapporteur for the dialogue, prepared summaries of the two sessions and
a list of key messages for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

The first session, which took place in the morning, was on sustainable urban development
through expanding equitable access to land and housing. It was chaired by the President of the
Governing Council, who introduced it with opening remarks. Additional opening remarks were made
by the Executive Director; by Ms. Elizabeth Thompson, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive
Coordinator of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development; and by Ms. Ana Maria
Sampaio Fernandes, Permanent Representative of Brazil to UN-Habitat. The panellists were
Mr. Ahmed Taoufiq Hejira, Minister of Housing and Urban and Regional Planning, Morocco;
Mr. Peter Götz, President of the Board of Directors of the Global Parliamentarians on Habitat;
Ms. Sheila Patel, Chair of Shack/Slum Dwellers International; and Mr. Hugo Priemus, Professor,
Delft University of Technology.

The afternoon session was on sustainable urban development through expanding access to
basic services and infrastructure. Mr. Sergey Trepelkov (Russian Federation), Vice-President of the
Governing Council, represented the President of the Governing Council as Chair. He who introduced
the session with opening remarks. The panellists were the President of the Governing Council,
speaking as the Minister for Infrastructure of Rwanda; Ms. Dhamikka Wijaysinghe, Senior Assistant
Secretary, Ministry of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Services of
Sri Lanka; Mr. M. A. Masunda, Mayor of Harare and Co-President of the United Cities and Local
Governments; and Mr. Stéphane Quéré, Co-Chair, Urban Infrastructure Initiative, World Business
Council for Sustainable Development. Concluding remarks were provided by Ms. Ana Marie
Argilagos, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, United States
of America.

Other documents
Report Side Event - Towards a Green Economy: promoting sustainable urban development and green infrastructure investment (United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT))

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