HIC NEWS Special Edition: World Urban Forum IV

WUF IV Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development

Fourth session of the World Urban Forum, 03 – 06 November 2008, Nanjing, China

The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor’s access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.

HIC Activities at WUF 2008

. List of HIC members and partners at WUF

Davinder Lamba, HIC President

Barry Pinsky Rooftops Canada

Priya Gopalen Rooftops Canada

Khady Diagne Enda RUP

Nick Volk HIC-NAM

Mary Mathenge NACHU

Des Busuru NACHU

Abu Rayhan Al-Beeroonee Shelter for the Poor

Pedro Vasquéz CIERIC

Nelson Saule POLIS

Benedito Barbosa UNMP

Jim Robinson BSHF

Silvia Guimarães BSHF

Suresh KT YUVA

Shivani Bhardwaj HIC-HLRN

Name of the event




Opening Ceremony and Plenaries

Opening Ceremony

Davinder Lamba, HIC President

Monday, Nov3, 9.00-11.00

MF Hall 1 and 2

Dialogue 2

Promoting social equity and inclusiveness

Raquel Rolnik UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

Tuesday, Nov4, 10.00-12.30



Global Land Tool Network Roundtable

Global Land Tool Network, Shivani Bhardwaj (HIC- CWLR)

Tuesday, Nov4,14.00-17.00

MR 303B

Networking Events

Communities as key actors in disaster rehabilitation

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR)

Monday, Nov3, 14:00-16:00

MR 206

Best practices transfer: lessons from LAC

Iberoamerican and Caribbean Forum and Best Practices & Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF)

Monday, Nov3, 16.30-18.30

MR 301

Back to the future: Deconstructing urban change

CHF International

Monday, Nov 03, 2008 16.30-18.30 PM

MR 413

Housing, HIV/ AIDS: Learning from Africa and Asia

Rooftops Canada-Abri International, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action, National Co-operative Housing Union, Positive Art Workshop

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2008 14.00-16.00 PM

MR 413

South cities: Localizing global environmental change

Enda Tiers Monde, Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Program

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2008 14.00-16.00 PM

MR 201

Housing for all: Sharing experiences globally

Habitat International Coalition

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2008 16.30-18.30 PM

MR 301

Training Events

Alternatives to forced evictions : sustainable settlement strategies

Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)

Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (HIS)

Tuesday, Nov 6, 09:00-12.00

Habitat Seminar

Addressing Urban risk in Africa: local perspectives

African Urban Risk Analysis Network and Prevention Consortium

Monday, November 3, 1630 – 1830

Caucus Meetings

Women’s Perspectives at the World Urban Forum UN HABITAT: Sharing of Issues and proposed recommendations

Davinder Lamba, HIC President, Shivani Bhardwaj (HIC- CWLR)

Tuesday, Nov4,14.00-17.00

MR 206

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