Cities Alliance Partnership Puts Cities on the Agenda at European Development Days
[18 June 2015] -- Cities Alliance members and partners actively promoted the key role of cities in development at the 2015 European Development Days (EDD15) forum, which was held 3-4 June in Brussels. It was the first time cities were on the agenda at EDD, Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development.
This year’s event was an especially important one for cities. It was the flagship event of the European Year for Development 2015, and a high-profile forum for debate in the lead-up to the 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, where the new urban development agenda will be shaped.
As part of the debate, the Cities Alliance partnership was selected to host a high-level panel on Sustainable Cities: Good for the Global North, But Not for the Global South? together with UN-Habitat, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), and United Cities and Local Governments Africa (UCLGA).
Moderated by UCLGA Secretary General Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi in his capacity as Chairman of the Cities Alliance board, the panel was a strong, diverse one that offered range of perspectives on urbanisation in developing countries: UN-Habitat Director Joan Clos, youth leader Ivy Langat, Monrovia Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo, SDI Chair Sheela Patel, AFD Executive Director for Strategy Philippe Orliange and the European Commission Head of Water, Energy, Infrastructures Paolo Ciccarelli.
The key messages included:
Cities Alliance members and partners also hosted panels on cities, including: