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.
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.
A new water cooperation agreement between UN-HABITAT and Green Cross International.
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
Participation in the forum is open to representatives of national governments, and Habitat Agenda partners. These include local authorities, the Global Parliamentarians on Habitat, non-governmental organisations, community based organisations, human settlements professionals, research institutions and academies of learning, private business and non-profit sectors, foundations and various UN organisations and other international agencies.
The Universal Forum of Cultures
It is an important fact that the World Urban Forum will be held during the Universal Forum of Cultures
which Barcelona is hosting from 9 May to 24 September. An international event to celebrate cultural diversity, sustainable development and a culture of peace, it is being organised by the city with UNESCO, and is expected to have drawn 5 million visitors to a range of special exhibits and dialogues by the time it is over.