Urban Policies and the Right to the City: a Public Debate at UNESCO on 18 MarchA public debate examining Urban Policies and the Right to the City will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on March 18 (in Room IV, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm) during the second joint working session between UN-HABITAT and UNESCO. The purpose of this debate is to identify elements and partners for a joint research project between UN-HABITAT and UNESCO.
Moderated by Ali Kazancigil, the Secretary-General of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the debate is organized by UNESCO and UN-HABITAT who share a joint interest in urban governance. The two organizations will sign a cooperation accord on the same day. will moderate the debate.
After opening addresses from Pierre Sané, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO, and Anna Tibaijuka, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, urban policies inclusive of social cohesion and integration will be presented by representatives of various cities. Speakers include: Anne Hidalgo, Deputy Mayor of Paris (France); Jose A. Sanchez Bugallo, Mayor of Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, representative of the OECD; Jules Patenaude, representative of the city of Montreal (Canada); Mohamed Ameur, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Land, Water and Environmental Development of Morocco; Boubacar Ganda Seydou, Mayor of Niamey (Niger); Avi Rabinovitch, Director-General of the Union of Local Authorities in Israel and Josep Maria Llop, Deputy Mayor of Lerida (Spain). Billie Ibidun, manager of London Stakeholders, will present the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism, which was launched by UNESCO in December 2004.
Leticia Osorio, from the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (Brazil), Edesio Fernandes, coordinator of the International Research Group on Law and Urban Space (IRGLUS) and Germán Solinís from UNESCO's MOST Programme will then present (at 4:30 pm) the World Charter on the Right to the City, The City Statute in Brazil, and the perspectives on cooperation with the World Charter on the Right to the City. Before the public debate itself begins (at 6:15 pm), presentations will be made of research into urban policies in various countries, starting at 5:15 pm.
UNESCO addresses cities and urban issues through the following areas: natural disaster impact reduction, urban water management, urban ecology, urban revitalization and conservation of urban heritage, migration, the fight against racism and encouraging social integration, management of social transformations and the education of city professionals.