October 2016: HABITAT III Conference

The third United Nations Habitat Conference will take place in Ecuador's city of Quito from the 17th - 20th of October 2016. The conference is based on the commitments of the HABITAT II conference, which took place in Istanbul in 1996, and will focus on housing and sustainable urban development.

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July - August 2016: Informal Intergovernmental Meeting

An informal intergovernmental meeting dealing with the preparation of the HABITAT III took place in New York from the 29th of June and the 1st of August.

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June 2016: German Habitat Forum

The German Habitat Forum took place in Berlin from the 1st - 2nd of June 2016. The forum functions as an international dialogue stage for politicians, scientists, the civil society and the economy to prepare and to interchange information for the HABITAT III Conference in Quito, Ecuador.

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December 2014: Urban Lecture Series

The Global Urban Lecture Series gathers expertise and experience from renowned international scholars and professionals who excel in their fields, and shares this knowledge with a wide audience of urban actors. The lecturers are associated with UN-Habitat, universities, think-tanks, governments, NGOs, and private sector institutions.
All Global Urban Lectures are available online, free of charge.

For further informations, please click here or visit the UN-Habitat YouTube-channel.

April 2014: World Urban Forum Medellín, Colombia

Please visit the website of UN-HABITAT to get all the informations about the World Urban Forum in Medellín 2014.

March 2014: UN ESCAP Publication on Regional Perspectives on Sustainable Development

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“The Future We Want”, the outcome document of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, reaffirmed the significance of regional frameworks that complement and facilitate effective translation of sustainable development policies into concrete action. This joint publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) focuses on the key role the regional commissions play in addressing these challenges and supporting the work to advance sustainable development.

September 2012: New ForUm Seminar in Cologne

Dear colleagues and friends of ForUm network,

With the financial support of the DAAD the University of Cologne is conducting an Expert meeting
on “Urban Natural and Social Risk Management in Southeast Asia” .
By this event we are seeking to provide a further discussion platform for new approaches and best practises
in the field of urban risk management and looking much forward to an intensive exchange of reports and research findings.

July 2012: Managing Heritage Cities in Asia and Europe

Managing Heritage Cities in Asia and Europe:
the Role of Public-Private Partnerships Experts’ Meeting & Public Forum

In preparation for the 5th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting 2012
12-14 July 2012 Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Asia-Europe Foundation1 (ASEF) and Universitas Gadjah Mada2 (UGM) are co-organising a public forum and an experts’ meeting on the topic of on public-private partnerships (PPP) in the management of heritage cities and historic urban landscapes this July in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The meeting will gather around 25 governmental and civil experts from member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting3 (ASEM) to discuss a current topic affecting a major shift in the understanding of ‘cultural heritage’ at the global level, following the adoption of the new Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape by UNESCO’s General Conference in November 2011. The outcomes of the Experts’ Meeting will serve as civil society inputs to the 5th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting (September 2012, Indonesia), which will address the theme “Managing Heritage Cities for a Sustainable Future.”

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Study Courses, Postgraduate Courses and Scholarships 2012/13

Scholarships and DAAD selected Postgraduate Courses 2012/13
with Relevance to Developing Countries for Professionals

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