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.

 

On June 21, 2021, at 14.30 hrs (Chile) and 13.30 hrs (Mexico), the project Inclusive, Sustainable and Smart Cities in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (CISI), will be addressed in the session "How urban mobility contributes to a sustainable recovery?" with a presentation on the concept of ECLAC's Great Impulse for Sustainability (GIS) and its opportunities to contribute to a transformative recovery through the promotion of susta

Ministerial Meeting (MINURVI) - Financing for Climate Change Mitigation in Urban Settlements (Argentina 2023)

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Portada
Portada

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

The Forum of Ministers and Highest Authorities of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean - MINURVI is the intergovernmental coordination and cooperation entity that promotes the sustainable development of human settlements, and is composed of the ministers of state and governmental authorities under whose jurisdiction are, in their respective countries, matters related to housing and urban development.

In order to address the housing deficit while facing the challenges of climate change and promoting the development of the value chain of sustainable construction and housing, it is imminent to deepen the diagnoses and collaboration between the different actors involved.

In this regard, and in order to provide innovative and effective solutions to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Ministerial Meeting on: Financing for climate change mitigation in urban settlements, which was led by the presidency of Minurvi in charge of Minister Santiago Maggiotti, Minister of Territorial Development and Habitat of Argentina (2022-2023).


The objective of this meeting was to discuss possible strategies to create a regional financing fund that would contribute in a concessional manner to the incremental costs of projects and programs with a significant impact on increasing resilience to climate change and/or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The event took place on April 10 and 11, 2023 at the Kirchner Cultural Center in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. It was attended by 28 member countries and ECLAC was represented in its role as Technical Secretariat of Minurvi.


Please scroll down the Agenda below to see the details and download the materials of this activity.

Virtual Forums MINURVI 2023 - Proposals for National Experiences

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Minurvi 2023
Minurvi 2023

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Start date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
End date
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
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Virtual
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In order to encourage debate and the exchange of best practices at the regional level, we invite national and subnational authorities to submit experiences that can be shared in the MINURVI 2023 Virtual Forums. The call is open to national or subnational public sector entities that have designed and implemented programs or projects aimed at addressing issues related to sustainable development of human settlements.

The topics and dates of the forums are:

  • 1st Forum (September 6): Climate change, energy transition, and risk management
  • 2nd Forum (September 9): Precarious settlements and informal origins
  • 3rd Forum (October 4): Territorial planning and land management

 

To participate, register by scanning the QR code below or using the attached link. Submissions for each Forum are accepted up to 48 hours prior to the event.

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To participate as a listener, register by scanning the QR code below or with the link on the right.

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), together with the Universidad del Desarrollo, Enel and local government representatives from Chile, Ecuador and Colombia, participated in the presentation of the study "Circular Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Towards a new paradigm for sustainable urban development".

5th Forum on Housing and Habitat, Latin America and the Caribbean

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Imagen 5° Foro de Vivienda y Hábitat, Latinoamérica y el Caribe
Imagen 5° Foro de Vivienda y Hábitat, Latinoamérica y el Caribe

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In-person Bogotá
Description

In a context shaped by unprecedented global challenges, the Fifth Housing and Habitat Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean concluded with a unanimous call to consider housing as a fundamental tool to address the climate and social crisis affecting the region. Organized by Habitat for Humanity, in collaboration with strategic partners and convened through the Urban Habitat and Housing Practice Platform (UHPH), the event took place in Bogota, Colombia, from July 31 to August 2, 2023.

The Forum, the only one of its kind in the region, brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including government representatives, sustainable development experts, community leaders and academics, who came together to analyze and co-construct comprehensive and innovative solutions that respond to current housing and urban challenges.

The region has faced increasing challenges related to climate change and social inequality, exacerbated by the global health emergency. The housing deficit, which has been a constant challenge, has become even more acute, underscoring the urgent need to address these problems from a comprehensive, horizontally and vertically coordinated and sustainable perspective. In this edition, the central theme was housing as a cornerstone in the fight against the climate crisis and the social problems aggravated by the pandemic.

 

For three days, experts and various stakeholders interested in housing, urban planning and sustainable development participated in panels, lectures and working sessions to address these critical issues. The participation of the Human Settlements Unit of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) strengthened the connection between the discussions and regional policies.

One of the highlights of the Forum was the panel entitled "Challenges in housing and settlements in the face of climate change and the social crisis," with the participation of Diego Aulestia, Chief of the Unit, who shared valuable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the region in the area of housing and habitat. The panel presented innovative approaches to ensure decent housing in harmony with the environment and resilient to climate change.

 

The Fifth Housing and Habitat Forum reaffirmed the commitment of multiple stakeholders to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in the region. It also highlighted the importance of intersectoral collaboration and the joint search for solutions to address emerging challenges.


The presentation by Diego Aulestia, Chief of ECLAC's Human Settlements Unit is available above. More information on the event, as well as the agenda, can be found in 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.