The City of Malmö, INTA (International Urban Development Association) and NCN (Nordic City Network) in cooperation with IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning) invites a number of selected participants to a preconference on "Liveability" in Malmö, October 7-8th 2015.
The seminar in Malmo is part of a series of seminars on 10 defined themes that INTA organizes together with local partners around the world during 2015-2016.
The following cities are currently involved: Malmö, Sweden - Lomé, Togo - Cotonou, Benin - Paris, Lyon and Grenoble, France - Rabat, Morocco - Taipei, Taiwan - Istanbul, Turkey - Los Angeles, USA - Puebla, Mexico - Jakarta, Indonesia, and others will soon be endorsing this appeal.
The themes are: Urban Economy and Financing, Social Cohesion (equity) and Territorial Cohesion (solidarity), Ecological and Energy Transition, Identity and Liveability, Local Democracy, Culture and Living Together, Innovation and Territorial Development, Mobility and ICT. Liveability was selected as the theme of the Malmö seminar.
The results of the seminars will be presented at UN Habitat III; the third UN world conference on housing and sustainable urbanization, held in Quito in October in 2016.
In October 2016, Quito will host the third World Conference of the United Nations Habitat. After the Habitat I Conference (Vancouver, 1976), and Habitat II (Istanbul, 1996), the aim of the Quito Conference is to renew the global political commitment for sustainable urbanization, and establish a new "urban agenda". Habitat III will be one of the first world summit after the adoption of the post-2015 Development Agenda and after the agreements on climate change to be signed in Paris during the COP21. It is therefore a strategic opportunity for the participants who will be in Quito, to position themselves in relation to the implementation of the principles of sustainable, inclusive and equitable cities.
Habitat I in Vancouver had highlighted the need for a collective reflection on the issue of housing and urbanization.
Habitat II in Istanbul showed that urbanization is also an opportunity for economic growth, and identified the potential of social participation in the construction of the city.
Habitat III in Quito will be the opportunity to take a comprehensive look at urbanization showing how all territorial levels - urban, peri-urban and rural - are part of the sustainable development of our societies. Further advances in technology, the differentiated demographic trends, constraints on natural resources and climate, the limits of public financing and the protection of rights, equity and justice in development, have led to significant changes in the conduct of local and national policies of urbanization.
Around the world, we are witnessing an explosion of initiatives on the theme of smart city and innovation. They express a momentum of local or national policy makers, industrialists, and practitioners to design new, more efficient and responsible urban policies.
For several years INTA and LILC have been engaged in this debate, putting forward a vision of tomorrow's Smart City as a living city, a city "citizen-centric", a city that puts people and life, via services and uses, in the heart of the challenges of innovation.