INTA will be present at the Habitat III European Regional Meeting « European Habitat » to be held in Prague, 16-18 March 2016.
INTA, in the framework of it Initiative for Habitat 3 (//see programme and objectives), will present the first conclusions of the various thematic groups that had worked since June 2015. INTA is also a partner of two other side-events:
1/ Age friendly communities: how do we re-shape today’s urban areas for all of tomorrow’s citizens ?
16 March 12h-14h30 - Meeting Hall IV
This event is led by Circle Housing Group, a English private social housing company and is organised in partnership with INTA, Design Council CABE (UK) and the Academy of Urbanism (UK)
“There is plenty of evidence globally that good place-making creates communities that are accessible to all ages, that are intergenerationally liveable and are therefore sustainable over the longer term. Living environments and access to appropriate community & social services have differential impacts upon social inclusion, quality of life, independence and long-term health outcomes at each stage of life too: there is much evidence to demonstrate this, including UNESCO’s “Age-Friendly Cities” report in 2007. It is also well-established that older age-groups experience health inequalities that are often caused by poor housing. In Europe there has been in the past decade an increasing recognition of this problem in terms of design of housing and associated support services.
The importance for countries within the developing world is that if their histories evolve in the same way as those of the developed world, they will within the next 20-30 years start to face similar problems. It is therefore important to examine this set of problems now, and to try to find workable solutions that will contribute towards sustainable communities in liveable cities.
The ultimate objective of this workshop will be to identify how we can address the key question ‘how can we re-shape today’s urban areas for all of tomorrow’s citizens?’ How do we create age-friendly communities, which enhance life chances and qualities for everyone who resides within those communities, regardless of their age, gender, social status, familial context, economic mobility and ability? If we accept that communities do not necessarily begin as homogenous or equable entities, how do we overcome inequalities to give everyone the opportunity to become a more equable partner within and contributor to that community? Do the measures we need have to be permanent, or can we utilise more shorter-term or temporary ‘urban acupuncture’ measures? And if so, what is the most appropriate balance of those interventions? “
This side-event will be broadcasted using a global service, Periscope to allow real-time participation both in the room and remotely, to enter into a dialogue on the key issues. The discussion will also be live on our social media platforms:
2/ The Role of International networking for the implementation of the Global urban Agenda
17 March, 17h30-19h Room Terrace II
This event is led by the IAU IdF (Urban planning Agency of the Paris Region) and organised in partnership with INTA, Isocarp, Urbact, UCLG-CEMR, and Metropolis association.
« Several international networks focusing on urban issues do play an important role in supporting cities to reach sustainable urban development goals. They are covering specific issues (metropolitan areas, professionals, European cities, French platform…) and are those with the most complete vision on the urban issues worldwide. It is the result of the diversity of situations and actors mobilized in their own networks: local governments, professionals, civil society, private sectors, researchers and academicians, NGOs…).
The main objectives of the event are to present how several main international networks are playing a crucial role for the implementation of the New Global urban agenda. Main tentative recommendations include:
1 - Networking organizations are key players to support cities for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
2 - The implementation of the New Global Urban Agenda will be delivered by cities and towns.
3 - Urban solutions are in the hands of towns and cities.
4 - Soft planning (urban policies and strategies) is essential to prepare the framework for economic and social development and to preserve and protect environment and heritage.
5 - An integrated approach is a precondition for sustainable urban policies.
6 - Linked to the integrated approach is the participatory approach for the design and implementation of sustainable urban policies.
7 - Leadership is necessary for the success of planning and implementing integrated urban policies in a participative way.
8 - Climate change is creating the condition for a large need of territorial planning, the cheapest and efficient tool to reduce vulnerability facing natural risks and to manage cities for lower gas emissions.
9 - Housing is the key sector in crisis across the world for accommodating the urban Poor, both in rich and poor countries.
10 - Governments, local bodies and administrations might recognize informal housing as a legitimate and historical process to build cities, especially when public capacities and competencies, and also private housing markets are unable to produce affordable housing for the Poor.
11 - International finance is more and more linked with non-appropriate investments on cities disregarding the urban needs.
12 - Peer to peer cooperation between cities and experts have played a crucial role in enhancing the capacities of cities and town to better manage their territories.
13 - International networking on cities and towns can mobilize a large diversity of actors to foster sustainable urban solutions and to deliver the New Global Urban Agenda.