Sustainable Urban Transport at the World Urban Forum 6

Organized jointly by UN-Habitat, the Government of Italy, the Campania Region and the City of Naples, the premier conference on cities and urban issues will take place in Naples, Italy, from 1st to 7th September 2012. The theme for this year’s World Urban Forum 6 is The Urban Future. Over 3,000 participants from 114 countries have already registered. As part of the focus area Urban Mobility, Energy & Environment, several events related to sustainable urban transport will emphasize its important role for overall city development. Below we highlight the most important events – a full list of all events including side and networking events is available at the official WUF homepage.

 Turn the Tide – Promote green, inclusive and sustainable urban mobility
Organized by KfW Development Finance together with GIZ, this networking event will feature presentations on three best practices for sustainable urban transport. Following an opening speech of Mr. Franz Marré, Head of Division at the

German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), three speakers will present their experiences with improving public transport in Bursa, Turkey and Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as traffic management in Hefei, China. Especially noteworthy is the opportunity to get a rare inside view on the transition process towards the Rea Vaya BRT system in Johannesburg, as Mr. Eric Motshwane, Executive Chairperson of the BRT operating company, will focus on the perspective of the minibus operators participating in the process, and illustrate the progress made until today during operations of the first phase of Rea Vaya. He will also put the project in the context of the overall city development strategy for Johannesburg.

Special event: Sustainable Transport following Rio+20
This session on promoting sustainable transport, organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) will provide an opportunity to discuss voluntary commitments announced at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) on sustainable transport related to financing, policy, knowledge management and capacity development. The session also will consider setting targets to measure sustainable urban transport and coordinating efforts and information sharing among UN agencies engaged in sustainable transport.

Dialogue 4: Urban Mobility, Energy and Environment
Building on the outcomes of Rio+20, this Dialogue will provide an opportunity to dicuss mobility in the context of the emerging urban agenda in preparation for HABITAT III in 2016. For detailed information, see also:a

More Info : Un-Habitat

19 cities have applied to become the European Green Capital 2014

Español: Plaza Virgen Blanca VITORIA-GASTEIZ t...

Español: Plaza Virgen Blanca VITORIA-GASTEIZ tras la reforma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The European Commission’s European Green Capital Award (EGCA) recognises and rewards local efforts to improve the environment, the economy and the quality of life in cities. The EGCA is given each year to a city, not necessarily a capital, which is leading the way in environmentally friendly urban living and which can act as a role-model for other cities.
Some 19 cities from 14 European countries have applied for the 2014 award. Among them are Atlantic Area cities like Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol.
The deadline for submissions is now closed and the applications will now be evaluated by an expert panel.  This will include qualitative evaluations and a peer review of each application based on 12 indicator areas. Following these evaluations, 3-4 cities will be shortlisted for the 2014 title. The shortlisted cities will be invited to present their action plans and communication strategies to a Jury, which will deliberate and then make a final decision.
Europe’s first Green Capital in 2010 was Stockholm. Hamburg is the current holder of the title with the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz taking over in 2012. In 2013, the crown will be passed to Nantes in France.
A hand-over ceremony of the title of European Green Capital from the Mayor of Hamburg (2011) to the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012), will take place during the next CoR plenary session in December in the presence of European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik and CoR President, Mercedes Bresso.
For more information please visit the European Green Capital website.

Conclusions of the Cabueñes meeting

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Public Space z Blueprints (Photo credit: BarefootAdrianne)

  1. It is not a cyclical crisis but a structural change, similar to the transition to industrial society. Before uncertainty we must change the negative connotation of “change”.
  2. We must search for a concept of sustainability that corresponds to inter-generational and inter-territorial justice, threatened by the consumer society. Sustainability is not understood without the integration of the territories and the people who live in them.
  3. Working with methodologies but also with the spaces. Recovering Public Space through a  fair value-based and balanced shared management. Differentiate public from institutional. Tackling the importance of local involvement and the city as living environment.
  4. Building through the cracks of the system.
  5. Try to see reality as a whole, ie integrating the perspectives. Social, youth, gender, environment…  and challenging the biased views. The same applies to the city, which must be planned as a whole, from land management policies to R + D + I
  6. Rethink our consumption, not only when buying but also in the use and duration of objects. Get adapted to life cycle and its limitations. Exercise our right to demand sustainable products and truthful information about them
  7. Alternative models, such as cities in transition, housing as good for use and not for ownership, the short delivery chain and models of resilience. There are also new threats, many on water.
  8. Use the resources at our disposal and favour long-term thinking, avoiding discouragement. Need to provide easier access to funding.
  9. Networking, both horizontally, as well as with institutions, enterprises and civil society, integrating the different staments. Group efforts: round tables. Find a line of dialogue between science and Youth.
  10. Leverage and encourage informal and non formal education, small gestures, to induce a change in behavior.
  11. A model of educational and social integration to be kept: the second chance schools that go beyond standard learning and that network at European level.
  12. PARTICIPANTS RAISED A CALL FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT!

ANATOLE: The importance of local production in cities

In comparison to an economy based on production exported abroad, a proximity economy seeks to produce and develop goods and services within a specific area, based on the needs of the people living within. AC3A, the association of agricultural chambers of commerce with the Atlantic Arc City Conference has set up a project under the title Atlantic Networks’ Abilities for Towns to Organise Local Economy (ANATOLE).
Co-financed by the European Union – ERDF, on the Atlantic Area Programme, ANATOLE Project seeks to analyse strengths and weaknesses of aspects relating to proximity economies in order to draw up, alter the appropriate diagnosis, proximity economy engineering under the auspices of the region’s cities. ANATOLE therefore seeks to grant cities a coordinating role, using new and innovative proximity economy organisational methods. The project brings together rural operators, organisations which mediate between producers and cities, and the cities or other regional bodies from the Atlantic Arc.

The project, which was also presented at the Niort meeting, has its own website and blog. Please visit, share and comment.