The Cities Alliance will participate in the Fifth World Urban Forum to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 22-26 March 2010. Together with partners, the Cities Alliance will organise discussions at networking events around issues such as slum upgrading, access to land, local governance, city indicators and city management.
Partners for these events include the Ministry of Cities and CAIXA (Brazil); the World Bank and the World Bank Institute; UN-HABITAT; BMZ and GTZ (Germany); the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD); the Governments of India and South Africa; the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB); Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI); and the Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF).
The World Urban Campaign is also scheduled to be launched in Rio. It is a platform for public, private and civil society actors to elevate policies and share practical tools for sustainable urbanisation. The Cities Alliance has provided start-up costs for the campaign, which is being implemented by UN-HABITAT.
In addition, the Cities Alliance will launch two new publications at WUF in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Cities: The City Statute of Brazil: A Commentary, a collection of essays analysing Brazil’s groundbreaking City Statute; and an English translation of Distance Learning Course on Integrated Slum Upgrading Actions, an overview of the key ideas drawn from a distance learning course on slum upgrading supported by the Alliance. Both new publications will be available in English and Portuguese.