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MALMO, 16 -17 APRIL 2018




"In my opening remarks, at the inauguration of our 41st Congress, while highlighting the issues the cities are facing, I called for optimism about the development of cities.

The quality of our debates, the innovations noted in the technical visits and the commitment of the city actors that we met has confirmed this optimism. It is indeed comforting to see the depth of research and action produced at all levels and in all areas.

INTA's ambition is to bring them together, to put them in synergy to make them effective and to open up more global perspectives to revive "homo politicus".

The debates we had here in Malmö - I am thanking again the municipality and the planning department for their welcome - are to continue in Rostock next September, by addressing the place and role of medium-sized towns in complementarity to the metropolitan process in favor of sustainable territorial development.

I want to congratulate the Hanseatic city, which is celebrating its 850th anniversary and thanking it for hosting our INTA42 congress. Stressing in my introductory remarks at this congress the dynamism of Rostock at the economic, cultural and social levels, I know that we will find in Rostock fertile ground for reflection. This is my invitation to you. "

Maurice Charrier, INTA president


IMG 7191The New Urban Agenda (NUA) has recognized State institutions, Local Authorities, private sector and collaborative organizations as active actors of change, but other categories of people, such as those in difficulty or marginalized or in transit, are perceived as recipients of aid and not as agents of change. They are considered in relation to their needs and not in relation to the contribution they can make to the development of their own social sphere and to the progress of the "urban society" as a whole. Any initiative that allows for a collaborative, inclusive and participatory approach to decision-making, implementation and monitoring will play a crucial role. The challenge is not just to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); it is equally important to learn to think, plan and act with all categories of inhabitants, especially those who are most often excluded.

Each place needs infrastructure and services that are accessible to all, and while building them, we must together define and redefine, to adjust and readjust, invent and reinvent the objectives and goals of local development in order to adapt them to new challenges.

The City of Malmo together with INTA, are organizing the 41st annual World Urban congress over 2 days of intense debates. It will visit new opportunities of partnerships to build sustainable cities and communities.

Click on the menu links on the right column to discover the programme, register and prepare your journey!

This Congress is organized by:

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Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the Congress


Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

17.6 Enhance cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation

17.7 17.8 Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies; enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

17.14 Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

17.16 Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries

17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnership.



Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums

11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage

11.5 By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations

11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities

11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning

11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels

11.c Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials

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