PrepCity – Getting ready for Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda
This session was moderated by Paul James, Professor of Globalization and Cultural Diversity at the ICS and UWS in Australia, and Barbara Berninger, Regional Secretary of METROPOLIS Europe.
PrepCity was an initiative set up by the city of Berlin, and it is proposed as a working group at METROPOLIS. The workshop was the starting point for the PrepCity Working Group, and a second gathering in early 2016 will be sought.
The initiative seeks to support the efforts that UCLG has been leading with regard to the generation of debating forums in order to express the voices of local and regional authorities. The aim is to encourage the reflexion process in the implementation of the sustainable goals of the new urban agenda to be agreed during the United Nations Habitat III Conference.
During the meeting, all interested metropolises were encouraged to participate in the discussion process on the future of cities. It was emphasized that cities have a great deal of experience and that local authorities can play a crucial role as interlocutors and negotiators in the establishment of the global agenda on Sustainable Urban Development. There were also discussions on the scope of Habitat III, as well as on the PrepCity concept.
The speakers included Josep Roig, Secretary-General of UCLG, the Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller, the Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Parks Tau, and the Deputy Mayor of the Quito Metropolitan District, Daniela Chacón. Marina Klemensiewicz and Estel Crusellas represented Buenos Aires and Barcelona respectively, with the intention of demonstrating the work of the METROPOLIS Women in the process of drafting and agreeing a declaration for the world conference. Likewise, Hossein Kashiri participated on behalf of METROPOLIS Youth.