Third World Urban Forum (WUF3)
19-23 June 2006 | Vancouver, Canada
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Highlights for Thursday, 22 June 2006

On Thursday, participants at the third session of the World Urban Forum (WUF3) addressed the theme of urban growth and the environment during the morning plenary, followed by two dialogue sessions. Over 40 networking events were held in the afternoon addressing various aspects of sustainable human settlements development. In the evening, WUF3 participants attended the Global Hip-Hop Mainstage concert featuring international hip-hop and world music artists who raised awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through music and other artistic expressions. More information.

Plenary session: Urban Growth and Environment
Enrique Peñalosa, New York University and former mayor Bogota, Colombia, mentioned that the number of urban inhabitants in developing countries will grow by more than two billion over the next few years
Chris Leach, President, Canadian Institute of Planners, discussed planning for sustainable urbanization in Canada
Eveline Herfkens, Executive Coordinator, UN Millennium Campaign, said the MDGs represent a global deal that needs to be implemented at the local level
Dialogue 1: The Shape of Cities: Urban Planning and Management
Steve Bradshaw, Producer, BBC-Panorama, UK
Tasneem Essop, Western Cape Government's Minister of Environment, Planning and Economic Development, South Africa
Herbert Girardet, Environmental Consultant and Senior Adviser to Dontang Eco-city, presented a model of planning in China that places ecology at the center of development.

Tracing the history of North American urban planning from the 1950s to date, John Friedman, University of British Columbia, suggested that technocratic planning is now obsolete

Dialogue 2: Energy: Local Action, Global Impact
Mary Jane C. Ortega, Mayor of San Fernando, the Philippines, said local initiatives on transport have broader impact and described how education and advocacy have encouraged city tricycle operators to switch to less polluting models
Kevin Newman, News Anchor, Global National of Canada, opened the dialogue by noting how technology is helping solve the problem of finite resources.
Hariette Amissah-Arthur, Kumassi Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE), said lack of leadership at every level in Ghana was a major problem, noting the need for long-term planning and government leadership
L-R: Vijay Modi, (Second from left) Columbia University and Enrique Peñalosa (Far right), New York University and former mayor Bogotá, Colombia

Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, noted that current planning practices bias decisions toward vehicles and advocated for correcting market distortions to support “smart” growth

Habitat Jam
L-R: Charles Kelly, Commissioner General, WUF3; Chris Gibbon, Vice President, Global Social Services and Social Security, IBM; Jockin Apurtham, President of Shack Slum Dwellers International; Mike Wing, Vice President of Strategic Communications, IBM; Jan Peterson, Founder and Chair of the Secretariat of the Huairou Commission; Robert Newirth, writer of “Shadow Cities”, and Habitat JAM moderator; Kevina Power, World Urban Cafés Manager, Nairobi, Kenya; Vasudevan Suresh, CEO, Aerens Goldsouk, and Habitat JAM moderator; Daniel Vilnerson, UN-HABITAT
Panelists listening to Charles Kelley, Commissioner General WUF3, describing Habitat JAM
Jan Peterson, Founder and Chair of the Secretariat of the Huairou Commission, lauded Canada’s commitment to democracy evident in the Habitat JAM initiative and urged its continued inclusion in WUF4.
Mike Wing, Vice President of Strategic Communications, IBM, explained that jams emerged from IBM intranet technology
Networking event: Cultivating Inclusive Cities
Dinesh Mehta, UN-HABITAT, moderated the session on cultivating inclusive cities. He noted the potential for urban poor to attain food security through agriculture

Henk De Zeeuc, Resource Center on Agriculture and Forestry, delivered a message on behalf of Sybilla Dekker, Minster of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands, cautioning against viewing rural and urban as separate entities, and urging a participatory approach to encourage adoption of political plans

Network session on empowering cleaner energy decisions in 211 countries worldwide
Alexandre Monarque, Natural Resources Canada, described an online tool to identity potential renewable energy projects and assess their viability at the RETScreen networking event
Network session on launching the global cities competition "Smart Urban Fabrics Beyond Oil"

L-R: Mårtn Lilja, Swedish Ministry for Sustainable Development and Ola Gölransson, Swedish Ministry for Sustainable

L-R: Per Hultén, Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, Mårten Lilja, Swedish Ministry for Sustainable Development, Ola Gölransson, Swedish Ministry for Sustainable Development and Rolf Lindell, Swedish Ministry for Sustainable Development
Network session on regional approach to urban policies inclusive of the concept"The Right to the City"

Raquel Rolnik, Brazil's National Secretariat of Urban Programmes, presented Brazil’s experience in implementing the “right to the city” concept through legal and governance reforms, and land regularization programmes

Noting increased exclusion and alienation in cities, Paul Taylor, UN-HABITAT, defined the “right to the city” as the right for all city dwellers to fully enjoy urban life with all its services and advantages. He also pointed out that this right has taken both legally-binding and voluntary forms

Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal, presented the Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, which had entered into force in January 2006

Network session on housing and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and Aboriginal Communities
Barbara Kohlo, Executive Director, Housing People of Zimbabwe discussed the relationship between housing and HIV/AIDS
Barry Pinsky, Executive Director, Rooftops Canada, moderated the networking event. He noted the session’s goal of better understanding the impact of HIV/AIDS on housing and vice versa.
Groups discuss the impacts of HIV/AIDS on housing and vice versa and strategies to address them
Small groups learn training methods to help community groups think about the implications of HIV/AIDS
City Networks: Engines of Urban Sustainablity
Eduardo Passalacqua, Urban Governance specialis, Buenos Aires, Argentina
João Avamileno, Mayor of Santo André, and Executive Secretary, Mercosur Network, Brazil, described the Network’s cooperation with local officials on the social and economic development of their cities
Network session on inclusive governance in conflict areas

On increasing local cooperation in post-conflict cities, Daneil E. Esser, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), outlined the need to link urban and rural areas and confront institutional multiplicity through interaction not competition

Jo Beall, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), said cities in which conflict was prevalent had shared constraints, including: weak local administration; budget constraints; over-determination of capitals; high unemployment; and factional politics

Jason Sumich, Crisis States Research Centre, outlined the case of Maputo, Mozambique and noted that the post-conflict transition had been achieved at a high social cost

Network session on MDG 7/11 in Asian Countries

L-R: Noli de Castro, Vice President of the Philippines, Noer Soetrisno, Indonesia's Ministry of Housing and moderator

Alison Barret, Local Partnership for Urban Policy Alleviation Project, presented a case study in Bangladesh

Hip-Hop Concert
Around the meeting

In a press conference, David Suzuki (right), David Suzuki Foundation, said the project proposed by the BC government to construct another bridge to Vancouver would not solve the present automobile congestion problem in the long term and would contribute further to atmospheric pollution and climate change

Aaron Nelson-Moody local drum maker at work

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