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.
 

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

Event type
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.

Latin America and the Caribbean is the most urbanized region of the developing world. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has said that "cities are where the battle against climate change will be won or lost". Cities are the engines of economic growth, but also the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, and their dynamism is present in the midst of the great inequalities of our societies.

Virtual Forums MINURVI 2023

Event type
Minurvi 2023

Minurvi 2023

Event information

Start date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
End date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
Event type
Modality
Virtual
Description

With the aim of sharing experiences and fostering debate on housing, habitat and urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean, MINURVI's virtual discussion forums were held during September and October 2023, led by the Ministry of Housing, City and Territory of Colombia, which assumed the vice-presidency of MINURVI for the period 2023. The three Forums focused on central themes such as energy, territory, land management and climate change mitigation in relation to housing and urban development.

National and sub-national governments in the region were invited to submit experiences and good practices to nurture the exchange of experiences and in preparation for the XXXII MINURVI General Assembly to be held on 9 and 10 November in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The topics and dates of the Forums were:

Forums

 

The recording of the event (in Spanish) is available by clicking on the attached link.

Regional Panorama

Progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be decided in cities, as more than half of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have urban components. In Latin America and the Caribbean, where eight out of ten people live in cities, this reality implies great challenges, but also offers significant opportunities. Cities are the engines of economic growth; however, they are also the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, and their growth occurs in a context of great inequalities in the region's societies.

URBAN LAND FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Event type
Housing

Housing

Event information

Start date
America/Santiago
End date
America/Santiago
Event type
Modality
Virtual
Description

The issue of providing affordable housing in urban areas is a complex one that involves a variety of factors, including land availability and cost, zoning regulations, construction costs, and financing.

The aim of this session is to enable a transatlantic (Americas and Europe) dialogue on the subject, by examining exemplar cases in Europe and the US with a critical reflection from selected government officials operating in both continents.

Much has been written about land value capture tools and tax incentives mechanisms to gain developers’ contributions in the form of housing units. The focus here will be on the supply of urban land and how this can be achieved. We will particularly examine cases that:

  1. Increase the supply of land, such as rezoning underutilized land or converting abandoned buildings into residential spaces. (José Téllez,  SostreCivic, Spain)
  2. Create community land trusts: Community land trusts are non-profit organizations that purchase and hold land in trust for the benefit of the community. This can help ensure that the land is used for affordable housing and can also provide long-term stability for residents. (John Emmeus Davis -CLT Innovation)

A recording of the event is available on the attached Youtube link.