Second World Forum closing plenary Barcelona, 17 September 2004 – The Second World Urban Forum in Barcelona closed on Friday with a clarion call from urban leaders on governments to give local authorities more support saying the challenge of urbanisation is greatest facing humanity in the new millennium. read more
UN-HABITAT and UCLG Sign Historic Agreement Barcelona, 17 September 2004 – In a fitting conclusion to the Second World Urban Forum in Barcelona, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) leaders and UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Anna Tibaijuka, today signed a historic agreement that will elevate the working relationship between the United Nations system and local governments around the world to a new level. read more
Private Sector Urged to Invest in Slums Barcelona, 17 September 2004 – Dennis Shea, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, yesterday stressed the need to harness private sector resources to meet the needs of the urban poor. He added that while national and local governments were willing to put in equity in the form of land for slum upgrading, commercial capital was still not easily available.Shea was speaking to participants attending a dialogue on Urban Resources, which is being held as part of the Second World Urban in Barcelona . read more
European Union and UN-HABITAT in New Joint Initiative Barcelona, 16 September 2004 – The European Union (EU) and UN-HABITAT this week launched a new joint initiative on making cities around the world more sustainable as part of a new stage of closer cooperation between the two organizations. read more
Turning Vision Into Reality Through the Three Ps -- Political Will, Policy and Participation Barcelona, 16 September 2004 – At the Dialogue on Urban Realities, held as part of the Second World Urban Forum in Barcelona yesterday, three compelling success stories were showcased to illustrate the importance of political will, good policies and participation in translating vision into reality. The following three cases from Morocco, Spain and South Africa have not only physically transformed cities in these countries, but also improved the quality life of their citizens. read more
Sustainable Urbanisation Barcelona, 15 September 2004 – Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor of Lagos,
West Africa’s biggest city, opened Wednesday’s dialogue on
sustainable urbanization at the World Urban Forum with a call on
national governments to commit more resources to cities so that
they can cope with the challenges of globalisation. read more
Partnerships for Water Barcelona, 15 September 2004 –Wednesday’s Thematic Dialogue on Urban Services, was chaired by the H.E. Dr. John W. Ashe, chair of 13th session on the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and dealt with the myriad challenges facing water and sanitation access among the world’s poor. In the words of Dr. Ashe, the Dialogue and subsequent events would all make important contributions to the policy session of CSD next year. read more
Housing for the poor and disaster reconstruction - a new agreement between Habitat for Humanity International and UN-HABITAT Barcelona, 15 September 2004 – Habitat for Humanity International and UN-HABITAT on Wednesday signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the fight against urban poverty and improve disaster relief. read more
Culture for peace and understanding in cities of the new Millennium Barcelona, 15 September 2004 – Culture has many meanings. This was the
focus of the Dialogue on urban cultures called Cities as Crossroads of Cultures:
Globalization and Culture in an Urbanizing World.
Youth Take Their Rightful Place at World Urban Forum Barcelona, 15 September 2004 – UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, Anna Tibaijuka, launched a new Global Partnership Initiative for Urban Youth in Africa yesterday . Youth from Africa, mayors from many cities around the world and representatives of civil society organizations gathered at the launch to highlight the various initiatives that young adults in Africa are involved in, and which require support. read more
Dialogue on the urban poor: improving the lives of slum dwellers Barcelona, 15 September 2004 – Suppose there was considerably
more donor funding available, say a further 10-20 billion dollars a year on
the way - how can it be used to improve access to services and empower the urban
Sachs Calls for Innovative Solutions to Stemming the Growth of Slums Barcelona, 14 September 2004 – The Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals today called for practical, innovative solutions to stemming the growth of slums.
UN-HABITAT Report Celebrates Multicultural Cities Barcelona, 14 September 2004 – A UN-HABITAT report launched today lauds multiculturalism as an urban phenomenon that should be celebrated, not feared. The State of the World's Cities Report 2004/2005 maintains that multiculturalism enhances the fabric of societies and brings colour and vibrancy to every city it touches.
A new water cooperation agreement between UN-HABITAT and Green Cross International. Barcelona, 13 September 2004 – The former Soviet leader, Mr. Mikhail
Gorbachev, Chairman of Green
Cross International and Mrs. Anna
Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary General
of the United Nations and Executive
Director of UN-HABITAT on Monday
signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed
at achieving a global breakthrough
for the realization of the Millennium
Development Goals for water and
World leaders, mayors warn of urbanization crisis Barcelona, 13 September 2004 – The Second World Urban Forum opened in Barcelona on Monday with warnings from world leaders and mayors that rapid urbanization was one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the new Millennium.