III. Spatial development

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III. Spatial development

Disparities in territorial development are an aspect to consider to improve the distribution of opportunities and benefits in urbanization processes. Given the global trends of economic growth in cities and towns, urban areas tend to monopolize most resources, both local and foreign, public and private.


This situation may lead to adverse effects on universal access to resources, services, opportunities and affect the equitable distribution of economic benefits and other benefits in urbanization processes. For this reason, maintaining a balance between rural and urban areas is a vital objective for sustainable development that tries to leave no one behind. It is crucial to identify the causes of disparities through adequate spatial planning that includes appropriate land uses.
 

Urban economics: What do you need to know to manage cities better?

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imagen ciudad y logos institucionales

imagen ciudad y logos institucionales

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Start date
America/Santiago
End date
America/Santiago
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Modality
In-person CEPAL
Description

How and why does urban regulation affect informality and the fiscal health of a municipality?

How can non-tax instruments finance the costs of urbanization?

Are prices higher in a city with greater infrastructure provision?

Why do land prices not reflect increased urban development?

Is it feasible to provide inclusive housing following market laws?

 

These and other questions will be addressed in this face-to-face course (40 hours), aimed at professionals in the field of urban planning and management.

The course will take place at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago (Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura).

Lecturers include Cynthia Goytia, PhD; Marcela Román, MSc; Martim Smolka, PhD; Diego Aulestia, MA; Anaclaudia Rossbach, Msc, and others.

 

Application open until September 1, 2023.

All applicants must complete the application form linked on this page, which will be available between August 4 and September 1.

There is a maximum of 30 places available.

The result of the selection process will be announced in the second half of September.

Fees

There is no cost for the course.

Participants will be responsible for their own expenses related to travel and accommodation in Santiago, Chile.

Regional Workshop on Accelerating SDG Implementation: the role of Voluntary National and Local Reviews

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Regional Workshop on Accelerating SDG Implementation: the role of Voluntary National and Local Reviews

Regional Workshop on Accelerating SDG Implementation: the role of Voluntary National and Local Reviews

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Seventh Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development.

In the framework of the Seventh Meeting of the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development to be held in person at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago from 15 to 18 April 2024, ECLAC together with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) are organizing this event to discuss and reflect on the opportunity presented by the development of voluntary local reviews to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Participants in this workshop will include national and local authorities from the Latin American and Caribbean region who have been involved in SDG territorialization efforts, as well as in the preparation of the Local and National Voluntary Reviews; Resident Coordinators of the UN system and representatives of their offices, and other UN system officials, particularly from DESA and ECLAC, as well as other stakeholders, including civil society and academia.

The overall objective of the event is to promote dialogue and reflection on the opportunity represented by the elaboration of voluntary local reviews for the strengthening of intersectoral, multilevel, multi-stakeholder and long-term governance.

Urban public operators: Towards more sustainable, productive and inclusive cities

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Urban public operators

Urban public operators

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Start date
America/Santiago
End date
America/Santiago
Event type
Modality
Hybrid
Description
Join our webinar!
We invite you to participate in our next virtual event, where we will explore the importance of urban operators and their contribution to the challenges of achieving sustainable, fair and inclusive urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Urban operations require coordinated and comprehensive governance among stakeholders, as well as a solid financial structure to ensure their sustainability. In addition, they incorporate the management models, land valuation models that they produce, emphasize spatial scale, and emphasize the risks and effects on the population. Therefore, the discussion on urban operators is vital for the development of the cities we want.

The Webinar will offer a rich exchange of experiences to reflect on the crucial role of urban operators as facilitators and managers in the planning of cities and the implementation of land use plans. We will have the valuable participation of several cities in the region, who will share lessons learned in land management, financing mechanisms and collaboration with the private sector.

The Webinar will present the ECLAC publication "Operadores públicos urbanos: Reflexiones para el desarrollo de ciudades más inclusivas, justas y sostenibles. Experiencias de Quito, Medellín, São Paulo, Bogotá y La Habana". We will highlight the importance of including diverse urban actors to equitably redistribute burdens and benefits, promoting a mixed use that reinforces territorial equity. In addition, we will explore the encouragement of less profitable uses, such as social housing. From the perspective of the urban mobility sector, we will address the central role of urban operators in the design and implementation of occupancy and densification projects together with transportation hubs.

This webinar seeks to fuel the debate on integrated public policies and urban practices that promote sustainable development in our cities.

Guiding questions for the conversation:
  • What governance and management models have proven to be most effective in ensuring the general interest over the particular while at the same time with financial sustainability? Challenges and exploring strategies for improving governance of urban processes and sustainable city planning?  
  • What are the challenges for incorporating urban operators in urban mobility and social housing planning (financially less profitable uses)? What is the governance that enables a smooth coordination between urban operators and public transport system operators/managers?
  • How can public urban operators contribute to improve mobility in Latin American cities and reduce dependence on private transport?
  • What advances and limitations exist in practice for the development of integrated planning that articulates inclusion, social housing, mobility, land management and territorial equity?


Don't miss this opportunity to learn and contribute to the dialogue on the future of our cities!


The provisional agenda of the event is available in the attached document. Soon we will attach the connection link and provide more information.

 

The XXXII MINURVI General Assembly was preceded on the 8th of November 2023 by a meeting in Buenos Aires between local and national authorities called "Towards Inclusive, Sustainable and Smart Cities: A National - Local Dialogue". This dialogue was organised by ECLAC's Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division, to discuss the articulation between different levels of government in terms of urban policy, highlighting the importance of land, urban operators and joint planning for housing and sustainable mobility.

XXXII MINURVI General Assembly (Argentina, 2023)

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Official Photo XXXII MINURVI General Assembly 2023

Official Photo XXXII MINURVI General Assembly 2023

Description

The XXXII General Assembly of MINURVI, the Forum of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Housing and Urbanism of Latin America and the Caribbean, was held in Buenos Aires on 9 and 10 November 2023. During the meeting, 21 countries signed the Buenos Aires Declaration, highlighting the need to increase funding for climate change adaptation programmes and measures in cities.

In the declaration, authorities committed to addressing qualitative and quantitative housing deficits through new approaches that promote more efficient use of real estate and urbanised land, with special attention to inclusiveness and gender mainstreaming. They also agreed to implement policies to avoid excessive growth in land prices and to develop instruments to capture land value. In addition, they worked on promoting sustainable, smart, and inclusive urban mobility, as well as strengthening the integrality of urban and mobility planning.

The forum was attended by representatives from 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries, together with UN agencies, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the World Bank and delegates from civil society organisations. The forum once again highlighted the need to strengthen inter-institutional coordination for the development, financing and implementation of policies towards inclusive and sustainable growth in the region's cities.

For more information on the 32nd MINURVI General Assembly, please click on the link in the right column.
To view the recording and final declaration of the Assembly, please go to the "Event Information - Attachments" section of this page.

The thirty-second General Assembly of the Forum of Ministers and Highest Authorities of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI) will be held on November 9 and 10, 2023. The Assembly will take place in Buenos Aires and will be led by the Ministry of Territorial Development and Habitat of Argentina, which chairs the Forum for the period 2023, and will be supported by ECLAC in its role as technical co-secretariat of MINURVI.

Towards Inclusive, Sustainable and Smart Cities: A National-Local Dialogue

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Ciudades Inclusivas, Sostenibles e Inteligentes

Ciudades Inclusivas, Sostenibles e Inteligentes

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Start date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
End date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
Description

This event offers an opportunity to place crucial topics for the future of our cities on the discussion agenda, including the link between sustainable mobility, housing, and urban development.

The project "Inclusive, Sustainable, and Smart Cities within the Framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean,", part of the CEPAL-BMZ/GIZ cooperation program, focuses on strengthening the technical and institutional conditions to promote development in urban areas of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Additionally, CEPAL, MINURVI, MERCOCIUDADES, and the IDB share concerns about having more detailed information to improve the design and implementation of public policies, subsidies, and financing for addressing housing deficits.

Within this context, two sessions are proposed with the participation of national authorities, local governments, and representatives from financial organizations and development support institutions. The panels aim to facilitate dialogue and discussion between local and national levels, with the goal of promoting better urban public policies.

For more information about the event, please click on the link in the right column.