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This September, the international community celebrates the adoption of the global 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG11 to “Make Cities and Human Settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” In parallel, the urban development community is stepping up the preparations for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development Habitat III, where the New Urban Agenda will be adopted in October 2016. 

In this pivotal moment of unprecedented opportunity for social justice, poverty eradication and sustainable development, we invite you to engage in a multi-stakeholder reflection on the key drivers and actions for a transformation that will empower, enable and operationalize our collective commitment to sustainable urban development in the 21s century. Urban development, with its power to trigger transformative change, can and must be at the forefront line of human development. Cities are home to half of the world’s people and three quarters of its economic output, and these figures will rise dramatically within 2050. We must therefore align goals, plans, finance, partnerships, governance models and monitoring and review systems with the scale of our ambition. 
The Communitas Coalition Secretariat and its core partners - ICLEI, nrg4SD, Tellus Institute and UN-Habitat - are convening this high-level multi-stakeholder gathering of the Urban SDG Campaign and the World Urban Campaign, in collaboration with the Ford Foundation, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany, the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments, Cities Alliance and the UN-Sustainable Development Solutions Network. 

         Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century 
  A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Making the Transformation Happen  

8:30-13:15, 28 September 2015 | East River Room, Ford Foundation, New York  Closed event - Working language English
  Join our discussions to examine the fundamental transformation required for sustainable urban development to happen, as well as the critical multi-stakeholder engagement in the preparatory process towards Habitat III:  • What will be we doing differently within the next 20 years if we are serious about encouraging and empowering sustainable urban development at the city-region scale?  • How will we align goals, plans, finance, partnerships, governance models and monitoring and review systems with the scale of our ambition? • What will be the key solutions and drivers for policy coherence? What tools we need for implementation? • What are the distinct yet complementary roles of different stakeholders in the implementation of this agenda? Help us leave a testimony of the multi-stakeholder nature of this agenda. We will have a camera at your service during the event and are excited about capturing the richness of experiences in short video statements (maximum 2 minutes). Please come prepared and seize this opportunity to record your views on what will it take for this transformation to occur! 
Programme – Live streaming on the World Urban Campaign YouTube channel 8:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast 8:30 - 9:25 Welcome and Opening Remarks  Master of Ceremonies and Moderator: Mr. Mark Eddo Welcome address  Mr. Don Chen, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity, Ford Foundation Keynote addresses Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN Human Settlements Programme UN-Habitat | Secretary General, UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development Habitat III Dr. Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey | President, United Cities and Local Governments UCLG | Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments GTF 
9:25 - 10:35 Roundtable 1: Partnerships and Financing Framing address - Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, Steering Committee Chair, World Urban Campaign | President, General Assembly of the Partners of Habitat III | Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania | Founding Co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research Panelists  Ms. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi , Secretary General, UCLG Asia Pacific | Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments           Ms. Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, Urban Program, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC Mr. Leonard Jones, Managing Director for Public Finance, Moody’s Mr. William Cobbett, Director, Cities Alliance Respondents  Ms. Violet Shivutse, Founder and Coordinator Shibuye Community Health Workers of Shinyalu, Kenya | Huairou Commission Mr. Jeb Brugmann, Founding partner, The Next Practice Moderated discussion 10:35  - 11:45 Roundtable 2: Governance, Monitoring and Review Framing address - Mr. Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability | Communitas Implementing Partner Panelists  Mr. Bernard Soulage, Vice President for Europe and International Relations of the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes, France | Member, Steering Committee Regional of Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development nrg4SD Ms. Débora Leão, Deputy Organising Partner for Habitat III, UN Major Group for Children and Youth |                  Executive Secretary, Engajamundo  2
  Ms. Jessica Espey, Associate Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network UN SDSN | Head, NY Office Ms. Rose Molokoane, Coordinator, South African Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP) | Deputy President, Shack/Slum Dwellers International SDI | Board Member, Council of the South African Social Housing Regulatory Authority  Respondents  Mr. Tamer Mostafa, Counsellor, Egypt Permanent Mission to the United Nations Ms. Pam O ´ Connor, Vice Mayor, Santa Monica, USA | Member, ICLEI Council and North America Regional Executive Committee Moderated discussion 
11:45- 12:35 Open Discussion Among All Participants 
12:35 - 13:15 Take Away Messages and Closing Report of Roundtable 1: Dr. Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) | Co-Chair Thematic Group on Cities, UN SDSN Report of Roundtable 2: Mr. Rafael Tuts, Coordinator, Urban Planning and Design Branch and Acting Coordinator, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch, UN-Habitat Farewell Messages:  Ms. Maruxa Cardama, Executive Coordinator and Founder, Communitas Coalition | Event convener  Ms. Ana Marie Argilagos, Senior Advisor, Just Cities Initiative-Metropolitan Opportunity Unit, Ford Foundation 13:15 Ends  


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