NewCities heads to World Urban Forum 7 in Medellín

Next week, 10,000 leaders, thinkers and doers from 160 countries will head to Medellín, Colombia, for the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum 7. Among them, our Former Executive Director, Mathieu Lefevre, will be there to chair a panel session on Basic Services: Local Businesses For Equitable Cities.

Mathieu will introduce the vital and complex role of local business in making cities more equitable and just for all. The panelists include:

  • Juan Esteban Calle Restrepo, President, Public Enterprises of Medellín, Colombia
  • Patrick Magebhula, Slum Dwellers International, South Africa
  • Didas Massaburi, Mayor of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Joachim Prey, Director General of the Sectoral Department, GIZ, Germany
  • Mahendra Subba, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute, United States of America

Discussions will be framed around challenging questions such as: Which policy frameworks can help cities harness technology and problem-solving skills from the private sector to deliver the best basic services for all? How can we encourage a climate of healthy competition without undermining local government? What investment opportunities and challenges do we face as we strive to implement better basic services for all?

Mathieu Lefevre said:
Building inclusive and dynamic cities requires us all to pitch in. Business – whether at the global scale, the startup or the neighborhood SME – needs to be involved in a constructive manner. I hope that we’ll be able to contribute to the debate on the future of cities in Medellin in a way that is both inspiring and pragmatic.

The overarching theme of this year’s World Urban Forum is Urban Equity in Development: Cities for Life. Find out more about the event at http://wuf7.unhabitat.org/

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