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Successful World Urban Forum closes in Naples and Seventh Session heads to Medellin

The Sixth session of the World Urban Forum held in Naples was officially brought to a close on the 6 September hosting over 8.000 international participants and a large number of events. The Forum was the first milestone in the preparatory process towards the Third Conference of Sustainable Human Settlements (Habitat II) when all Habitat partners will come together and commit to a renewed global urban agenda. Metropolis and UCLG hosted a booth at the Exhibition hall that showcased the Metropolis Initiatives and became the meeting point for local authorities and partners.  Medellin was named the host of the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum to be held in 2014.

The 6th World Urban Forum was the major event in which Habitat partners addressed the growing urbanization trend. Local, regional and metropolitan authorities played a central role in the discussions and committed to significantly contribute to shaping the new Habitat Agenda.

The mayors' roundtable, held jointly with the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and UN-Habitat, launched a statement calling for a new Habitat Agenda that strengthens local governance and improves collaboration between local, regional and national levels of government. Read Final Draft on UNACLA Statement on Habitat III

In the other hand, the World Urban Campaign has issued a new call for all urban development actors to come together and commit to a common urban agenda. Called the Manifesto for Cities, the document represents the consensus of all partners engaged in the Campaign on the critical role that cities play in building a sustainable future. Click here to download the Manifesto for Cities.

Metropolis and the State Government of São Paulo organized the networking event “Metropolises at Work: Governance, Finance, and the Execution of Public Policies”. This event compared the strategies of establishing a structure of metropolitan governability and engaging private stakeholders in the financing of metropolitan projects of cities as different as Barcelona, Johannesburg, Tlajomulco (Guadalajara metropolitan region) and Sao Paulo. The Durban - São Paulo’s Metropolis Initiative on Slum upgrading was also showcased at the networking event organized by UCLG’s Committee on Strategic Urban Planning.

During the Forum UN-Habitat launched the Global Network on Safer Cities which intends to target selected cities and resort to an inclusive coalition of stakeholders enhancing urban safety. This will contribute to the exchange of knowledge and experiences on urban crime and violence prevention, transform societies to be more inclusive and participatory, and encourage a culture of crime prevention. Marcelo Ebrard, Mayor of Mexico City, will take on the role of Chair of the Steering Committee for the Network.

Finally, UN-Habitat announced the 2012 Habitat Scroll of Honour Awards. This is the most prestigious award by the United Nations in recognition for work carried out in the field of human settlements development.

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