by Luz Adriana Villa A.

Medellin Colombia to host World Urban Forum

Medellin, Colombia will host the World Urban Forum (WUF) from 5 to 11 April 2014

The overarching topic of discussion and reflection of the Seventh session of the Forum in Medellin will be: Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life.

Inequality has become a universal concern, creating significant differences in accesses to opportunities, income, consumption, location, information and technology. There is a growing consensus in the international community that the development agenda should be aligned to bridge these inequality gaps.
The focus on urban equity is to ensure that public goods and basic services are available to everyone, according to needs. Urban equity in development implies that the urban space should not reinforce unequal relations, but should ensure that social, market and government redistributive mechanisms are put in place for fair and more efficient use of resources, skills and opportunities.

WUF is a biennial forum established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001 to examine the most pressing issues facing the world today in the area of human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, local and national economies; climate change and policies.

Since its inaugural session in Nairobi in 2002, the Forum has rapidly grown in terms of participation and relevance, gathering up to 10,000 participants during past Forum sessions. Its status has been affirmed as the premier global platform for discussing the interrelated challenges and opportunities of rapid urbanization and sustainable development.

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