Acte 2Act 1 of the INTA Initiative for Habitat III  

As we ourselves are stakeholders of the city, we, members of INTA, want to assert our strong conviction that we have the ability to create cities that are human, that have respect for their people, that are attentive to their needs.
We want to move away from the incantatory words so often used, which only serve to mask the indifference of decision makers to the fate of women and men who make our cities and live in them.

With "Cities and Territory in Transformations", the report of act 1 of our Initiative for Habitat III, INTA identified the changes to come, all of which are unavoidable challenges. The report recognised areas for action on key issues of the city of tomorrow: how the New Urban Agenda reflects these changes in urban development? Should we go further with another agenda for action? Are other instruments for action available?
The relevance of the major declarations will be measured by the mechanisms implemented to harmonize the main political orientations with concrete urban or territorial situations.


INTA Initiative « Cities and territories in transformation » Acte 2 : our ambition

 "Cities and Territory in Transformations" announced in its conclusion the launch of the Act 2 of our Initiative, an international tool that INTA makes available to help local and regional authorities to give concrete and operational meaning and content to the changes under way.
The Act 2 of the INTA Initiative aims to help cities and territories to anticipate and control the technological, socio-demographic, ecological and institutional transformations they are facing or will face.

Rallying the collective intelligence
The complexity of urban and environmental challenges of the coming decades is such that the current technical solutions remain inoperative unless there is a change in the way urban policies are conducted and new methods applied. Our belief is that medium and long-term improvement relies on the collective intelligence of the inhabitants, and other local actors, supported by international experience applied to local development projects with high economic and social value.

Overcoming conventional approach
It is the production of customized solutions developed in cooperation that will allow overcoming conventional development policies with their standardized and irrelevant approaches. The value of innovative methods is a function of forces in actions and of individual settings in each territorial system. There is no pre-existing model for the city of tomorrow.

The assessment of urban projects collaboratively
The deployment of the collective intelligence is carried in close partnership through "peer-to-peer" training and backing, where international development professionals are helping territorial actors to initiate or assess their urban projects at all stages of completion: design, implementation, management and communication.

The faster transfer of experience
The power of knowledge exchange and transfer of experiences of this operating mode introduced by INTA for over 25 years accelerate the identification of innovative projects in key sectors ensuring social, economic, and environmental protection as well as public acceptance.

Act 2 of INTA Cities Initiative and Territories Mutations: implementation

Our starting point: which initiative to launch to make operational the principles of the new urban agenda (NAU), and to drive the changes that may arise? How communities, and public and private stakeholders, organize themselves to turn the urban changes and transformations to the benefit for all? Which development instruments and levers to play for rapid practical results?

With the experiences of nearly 60 international "peer-to-peer" support missions (recent ones include Mexico, Peru, France and Taiwan) INTA has a powerful and reliable instrument, to stimulate the territorial intelligence of the local stakeholders in the coproduction of integrated and sustainable urban projects.

Several members of INTA have already expressed their interest in continuing this process of sharing; The first sessions will take place in South and North America, then in Africa, and in Europe.
Local actors share and benefit from the experience of the INTA network of qualified urban practitioners when designing and managing their projects: either housing, mobility and transport, digital services, natural hazards and urbanization, or economic development, knowledge economy, etc.

This programme is launched in partnership with the Foundation Palladio (France) Ciudad Smart (Ecuador), the African Academy of Local Authorities (Morocco), the Network of Nordic Cities (Sweden), the Higher Technical Institute (IST) of the University of Lisbon, the City of Montreal (Quebec) and the National Association of Housing and Renewal Officials -NAHRO (USA). Other partners are welcome to join in the preparation and organization of this programme.

Provisional calendar

  • In 2017, the international activities will be set up with:
  • Lima, Peru – a new urban polarity on the North of Lima
  • Puebla, Mexico – give back the Atoyac river banks to the residents
  • Arequipa Region, Peru – which urbanization to answer the housing and services needs in an economic rapid growth area?
  • Cuenca or GAD Santo Domingo, Ecuador via Ciudad Smart
  • An Ivory Coast city with UCLG-A
  • A Swedish city with NCC,
  • Montreal, Quebec,
  • An American city via NAHRO – health and housing for the fragile populations

A budget should be considered for a minimum number of sessions at the outset to lend credibility to the programme. Each partner city supports part of the financing as a preferred partner.


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