Learning from the debates of UN Habitat 3
Cities are critical for our future: ‘The battle for sustainability will be won or lost in cities’ (Joan Clos, Director of UN Habitat III)
UN Habitat III is the most important debate on cities for 20 years and 2016 will see the creation of a new intergovernmental agreement on what we need to do for our cities. The New Urban Agenda is due next October, emerging from UN Habitat III global congress. The initiative is nested in the COP21 about sustainable development signed in Paris in December 2015. The purpose of the whole thing is to agree the basis (and targets) for ‘livable cities'.
Incomprehensible plans will never attract people and deliver any @public good'
I would love to feel I can shape the future of my city – but surely this cannot be through one-off intensive meetings every 5-6 years followed by silence or through neighbourhood get-togethers for several years to just have a chance to influence our local streets and houses. I would want more!
I would like to know that my city is moving forward, and will be the right place for me and my children in future. … I would like to be proud…
How to deliver the 'public good' without any 'public funds'....
The production of Local Plans is well outdated. Lengthy, expensive, obscure… The evidence of planning failure is all around us. In London, one of the richest and most dynamic cities in the world, there is shortage of housing, unreasonable living costs, real risks your kids will not have a school place unless you create a school yourself, cost-cutting driven hospital closures irrespective of needs, etc.