1st world summit of local governments for the right to the city

Following the 1st World Summit of Local Governments for the Right to the City which took place in Saint-Denis and Aubervilliers in France, December 11th and 12th 2012, we would like to inform that the press release and the final declaration are now available.

We would like to remind you that you can keep updated on the latest activities of the commission and the latest news about the right of the city by following our website (http://www.uclg.org/cisdp/fr) and our social network via Facebook and Twitter.

World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

International Summit of Cooperatives 2012

To the members of UCLG
To the Secretaries General
To the Vice-Presidents of United Cities and Local Governments
For information: To the Presidency

CIRCULAR 35/2012
Barcelona, 9 October 2012

SAVE THE DATE: 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Celebrating 100 years of the international municipal movement


Dear members,

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is pleased to announce the 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders 4th UCLG World Congress.

Delegations from over 100 countries around the world are expected at the Summit, which will bring together leaders of local and regional governments, international organizations, public and private sectors, financial institutions and civil society.

The Summit is envisaged to be a unique opportunity to present and discuss concrete local solutions to world challenges. It will also be the occasion to define policy, shape action and set future strategic goals for the new international development agenda.

The specific perspective of local and regional governments deriving from their proximity to citizens is crucial to the sustainability and implementation of good governance mechanisms.

These mechanisms should lead to both more equal societies and transparent and participative governments.

Local and regional governments: Imagine Society and Build Democracy!

Date: 1-4 October 2013
Venue: Rabat, Morocco
Theme: “Imagine Society, Build Democracy

Organized by UCLG and Hosted by the City of Rabat, the Moroccan Government
Follow us at: www.uclg.org/Rabat2013

Sincerely,
The UCLG World Secretariat

Please click on the link below to access the following document:
World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders: save the date

Press release — A METROPOLITAN AGORA TO MONITOR PMAD MONTREAL

A METROPOLITAN AGORA TO MONITOR PMAD MONTREAL

Montreal, March 12, 2012 – On the occasion of the announcement of the coming into force of the Greater Montreal Planning and Development Plan (PMAD), the President of the Institute for Policy Alternatives of Montreal (IPAM) ), Mrs. Phyllis Lambert, and the Chair of the Planning Commission of the Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM), Mrs. Helen Fotopulos, welcome the support of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Laurent Lessard, at the Agora Metropolitaine who will be responsible for the implementation of the PMAD.

The first Citizen Agora, organized by IPAM in December 2010, paved the way for an exceptional public consultation during the fall of 2011 on the PMAD project.

This contribution was notably reflected in a significant increase in the PMAD’s targets for the localization of households in the TOD neighborhoods, in terms of the modal share of public transit and in the protection and enhancement of natural environments.

“Our experience last fall shows that constructive dialogue between elected officials and civil society allows for more ambitious policies for our region,” said Lambert.

The Metropolitan Agora will be held in the winter of 2013. This is a unique formula that will bring together elected officials and representatives of civil society from all sectors of the Community so that the development of Greater Montreal further reflect the aspirations of citizens.

This biennial event will also ensure that the actions identified to reach the orientations, objectives and criteria of the PMAD are implemented quickly with a concern for quality and distinction.

The organizing committee of the Agora Metropolitain will be made up of eight representatives from civil society designated by IPAM and eight elected representatives of the planning commission chaired by Mrs. Helen Fotopulos. “This joint event will allow to continue this exceptional citizen mobilization developed during the consultation of the PMAD. Our goal is to maintain this level of interest during mplementation,” concluded Fotopulos.

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The Institute for Policy Alternatives of Montreal (IPAM) is a citizens’ initiative whose mission is to contribute to sustainable urban planning in Montreal, its economic and sustainable development and local democracy. IPAM is an independent, multi-disciplinary body that aims to play a key long-term role in the municipal debate on policy choices for a fair and prosperous society.

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Created on January 1, 2001, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal is a planning, coordinating and financing organization that brings together 82 municipalities, or 3.7 million people spread over more than 4,360 square kilometers. The Community has expertise in land use planning, economic development, social housing, public transit and the environment.

Montreal: Today and Tomorrow

IPAM Bilingual Roundtable

Co-chaired by Phyllis Lambert, architect, IPAM president and Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director for Heritage Montreal, member of the Board of Directors of IPAM.

[1] Environment with Alex Aylett, Trudeau Scholar, Urban Geographer, UBC and senior research associate, Sustainable Cities International (A Critical Overview of what has been achieved in going green, and what  more should be done now. A multi- issued approach dealing with building codes, transport,climate change…)

[2] The Housing Question with Edith Cyr, executive director, Batire son Quartier
(An overview of housing needs, particularly social housing and the homeless, and what new goals are needed)

[3] Social Justice and the City with Winnie Frohn, urban studies, UQAM
(An critical overview of outstaning issues  like poverty, food security, unemployment, prostitution, drugs and human rights…)

[4] Democracy with Dimitri Roussopoulos,vice-president, IPAM
(An overview of the democratic tools in place, their use, the problems of governance, and what needs to be done)

13h30
Palais des Congres
1001 Place Jean Paul Riopelle
Room 517 D
Montreal
Friday 26 August 2011
This session takes place within the Ecocity World Summit 2011
TableRonde-RoundTable

Download the program

Social Justice in the City – talk by Peter Marcuse

“Social Justice in the City: What is it? Who really wants it?” Thursday, September 16, 2010 / 7 p.m

1515 Ste-Catherine W.
Concordia University, EV Building
Amphiteatre (EV 1.605)
Metro Guy-Concordia 
 

About Peter Marcuse:

Peter Marcuse, a planner and lawyer, is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University in New York City.  His fields of research include city planning, housing, homelessness, the use of public space, the right to the city, social justice in the city, globalization, urban history, the relation between cultural activities and urban development, and most recently, solutions to the mortgage foreclosure crisis. His most recent co-edited books include Globalizing Cities: A new spatial order? (Blackwell 1999), Of States and Cities: The partioning of urban space (Oxford University Press 2002) and Searching for the Just City (Routledge 2009).

Also see short bio from Progressive Planning Magazine:
http://www.plannersnetwork.org/2010/01/peter-marcuse-his-extraordinary-contributions-to-progressive-planning/

For more information

Watch the full lecture online:
Part 1
Part 2