April 6, 2014 – 4 years ago I presented:
“Urban Development and Regional Transformation a New Mindset for Urbanization”
At the U.N. World Urban Forum 7, WUF7, April 6, 2014, Medellin, Colombia. , פרופסור מייקל הריס
“Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life”
“It is estimated that two-thirds of the world’s urban population live in cities where income inequality has increased since the 1980s. In many cases, this increase has been staggering.
Inequalities are present in urban spaces, with cities divided by invisible borders that take the form of social, cultural and economic exclusion.
Slums, the face of poverty and urban inequality, continue to increase in most countries of the developing world, perpetuating the lack of access to basic services and political representation to the most vulnerable communities.
Gender inequality persists, preventing women from accessing secondary education, decent employment, political representation, and reproductive health care. Moreover, youth inequalities manifest in discrimination in access to education, differentiated levels of employment and livelihood opportunities, lack of participation in decision making, and prejudice against sexual preferences.
Cities, then, are a critical component in addressing the inequality problem. Their design, governance, and infrastructure have direct impact on the lives and opportunities of their inhabitants.”
What is The World Urban Forum (WUF):
“The World Urban Forum (WUF) is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), hosted in a different city every two years, to examine the most pressing issues facing the world today in the area of human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It is the World’s Premier Conference on Cities.
The Forum gathers a wide range of experts from every walk of life. Participants at the Forum include, but are not limited to, national, regional and local governments, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, professionals, research institutions and academies, professionals, private sector, development finance institutions, foundations, media and United Nations organizations and other international agencies.
The WUF promotes the strong participation of Habitat Agenda partners and relevant international programmes, funds and agencies, thus ensuring their inclusion in the identification of new issues, the sharing of lessons learned and the exchange of best practices and good policies.”