World Urban Forum

Article, 30 October 2008

Fourth session of the World Urban Forum,
Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development

"It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor's access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development."

3rd NovACHR Networking Event: Communities as Key Actions in Disaster Rehabilitation.

Presentations from a range of ACHR members including: Pakistan, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Srilanka, Indonesia and Burma. These members of ACHR are actively engaged in identifying ways in which communities can determine their own development following a disaster. David Dodman (IIED) will contribute to the debate with information about climate change, and climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
Monday Nov 3, 14.00 to 16.00 in room: MR206
ACHR also have an exhibition space: booth B-27

4th NovIIED Networking meeting: Achieving Equity: Tenure and Services for All

Half the world's population live in urban areas and one third, almost 1 billion, are desperately poor and live in settlements without access to adequate water and sanitation. This event draws on a three action-research projects to highlight examples of effective interventions that have achieved greater equity in cities, particularly in terms of secure tenure, and access to water and sanitation. The presentations will focus on experiences in Central America, India and Kenya.
Tuesday, Nov.4, 14.00-16.00 in room: EHB 101

Dialogue 1: Territorial Balance In Urban Development
First of six UN-Habitat Plenary Discussions and this one will focus on the role and re-conceptualisation of planning in the context of today’s urban challenge. IIED has been invited to speak about the contribution of civil society and pro-poor forms of governance.
Tuesday, November 4, 1000 – 1230

5th NovSDI: Shack/ Slum Dwellers International Urban Poor Fund

This global network of landless and homeless Federation has been developing new systems of finance to respond to local need and opportunities presented by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to IIED and SDI. This session will enable Federation members to talk about their experiences with savings and loans for community driven development.
Wednesday, November 5, 14.00-16.00 in room: MR201

“We came to town for a better life. But it is a troubled life. We are alone. We rent this broken house, without it we are homeless. We are prisoners of our poverty. There is no-one to talk to, non-one to share my troubles with, no-one to discuss solutions with. I joined the Federation and learnt to save and loan. The savings group women all know each other. We all help each other in our troubles. We sing and dance! In our group, we share ideas, so many ideas. We are rich with ideas.” Mary (member from Chilindi, Malawi)


UN-HABITAT's World Urban Forum website

Shack/Slum Dwellers International

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