V. Urban ecology and environment

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V. Urban ecology and environment

Urban ecology refers to the intersection of natural and human-built environments and socio-economic aspects. It's a fact within the last 50 years, the ecosystems have changed more rapidly and dynamically than in any other time in history.  The biodiversity that makes human life and well-being possible are at risk nowadays more than ever before.

Unsustainable development has resulted in the irreversible loss of biodiversity: approximately 60% of the ecosystems examined during the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005 were being degraded or used in an unsustainable way. Among the tools to reverse this situation, the aspects of resilience and urban ecosystems, policies to tackle climate change, manage natural resources and risks caused by natural disasters are crucial.

 

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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 mobility performs fundamental social and economic functions such as providing access to essential opportunities and services in cities. In a region characterized by inequality, deficiencies in public transport systems disproportionately impact the most vulnerable. Only 43% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean has convenient access to public transportation, and its users spend 70% more time commuting to work compared to those who use private vehicles (on average, 70 and 42 minutes, respectively, according to mobility surveys in six cities in the region).

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

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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.