On the occasion of the World Cities Day (31st October), there will be a presentation of the project and the Venice Declaration during an event held at the UN Headquarters in New York.
About the project
This project is directed to cities and Regions that wish to actively contribute to goal SDG11 to be inclusive of sustainable families by being responsive to their needs. Their commitment will consist on signing the Chart that includes the Venice Declaration and presenting once a year a report about the results of their work on the contents of it.
The most recent presentation of the Project was held in Marseille on April 4th-5th 2018, organized by the Municipality of the City, in partnership with the European Local Inclusion and Social Action Network (ELISAN),the Department of Bouches-du-Rhône, the Regional Council of the Veneto Region and the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD).
The first international meeting of the ‘Inclusive Cities for Sustainable Families’ was celebrated in Venice on 8 January 2018, under the auspices of the President of the Consiglio Regionale del Veneto, Mr. Roberto Ciambetti, and it included the celebration of a focus group on indicators for the main topics related to cities inclusion and sustainability: housing, education, healthcare, safety, clean air, transportation, affordability and leisure.
The event was attended by Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development; Ms. Sylvie Carrega, president of the European Local Inclusion and Social Action Network Elisan, vice president of UNCCAS and deputy mayor of Marseille; Ms. Manuela Lanzarin, Regional Minister of Social Affairs; Dott. Roberto Valente, Secretary of the Consiglio Regionale; Dr. Ignacio Socias, director of communication and international relations of the International Federation for Family Development; and a group of academic experts and practicioners, including prof. Antonio Legeren from the Universidade da Coruña, prof. Giancarlo Corò from Università Ca’ Foscari (Venice), prof. Bernhard Riederer from the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (Vienna), Dr. Pablo E. Branchi, Dott.ssa Antonella Lazzarini and Dott.ssa Maria Carla Midena.
Video with statements of the speakers at the press conference.
According to the World Bank, today’s urban population of about 3.5 billion people is projected to reach 5 billion by 2030, with two-thirds of the global population living in cities. City leaders must move quickly to plan for growth. The speed and scale of urbanization brings challenges for all family members such as children, parents, youth, persons with disabilities and older persons. The capacity to tackle challenges is essential to assure a safe growth of all family members that live in the city. Some suggested relevant areas for it should promote affordable housing; well-connected transport systems; meeting accelerated demand for infrastructure and built environment; ratio of the available land, urban development focused in nucleus family needs, urban growth designed for persons with disabilities, respect and social inclusion; access to community support and health services; communication and information; as well as civil participation; jobs and opportunities, particularly for the nearly 1 billion urban poor who live in informal settlements.
Initial event at the UN Headquarters in New York (6 February 2017).
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations Development Programme will support governments around the world in tackling the new agenda and taking it forward over the next 15 years.
Sustainable Development Goals include a dedicated goal for urban development, SDG11, which calls to ‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.’
Initial event at the UN Headquarters in New York (6 February 2017).
A year later, at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development - Habitat III - member states signed the New Urban Agenda. This is an action-oriented document which sets global standards of achieving SDG11, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities. It acknowledges that while most of the global population and capital goods are concentrated in cities, urban areas remain crucial to social development, economic prosperity and poverty eradication. They drive most of the economic growth and are a source of innovation, facing sanitation and security challenges while acting as cultural centres.
Achievements in eradicating poverty among developing countries are partly recognized to the significant progress in economic growth performance in the past two decades as well as gains in education and health, and the provision of social protection.
The role of families in the Urban Agenda
UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.
Presentation at the Meeting of the European Social Network ENSA in Valencia (6 June 2017).
In October 2016, at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development - Habitat III - member states signed the New Urban Agenda. This is an action-oriented document which sets global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities. Through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors, including at all levels of government as well as the private sector, UN-Habitat is applying its technical expertise, normative work and capacity development to implement the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11.
Meeting to organize the launching of the project in Venice (21 November 2017).
To ensure that no one is left behind in the New Urban Agenda, strategies that have proven to be effective and measurable need to be taken. Modern cities need to be resilient and constantly diagnosed of their urban strength. Only a holistic approach of the numerous variables within the cities can manage to give a complete picture of the city’s vigor. A dialogue among stakeholders is equally important; any effort aimed at facilitating it among government, civil society, residents, and the private sector about risks and the performance of urban systems is a worthwhile cause. With an accurate diagnosis, priority actions and investments can be identified, as well as strengthening resilience for planned or aspirational projects.