VI. Urban housing and basic services

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VI. Urban housing and basic services

Adequate urban infrastructure and access to basic services, including energy, transport, and mobility, are critical to sustainable urban development.  It is essential to include regulations that allow access to decent and adequate housing while understanding the importance of improving informal settlements' conditions.
 

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

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

Event type
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.

 

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).