19.02.2013 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Municipalika 2013: Making Cities Work

India’s urban population has grown from 286 million in 2001 to 377 million in 2011, representing 31.16% of the country’s total population. This is estimated to further increase to about 800 million by the middle of the 21st Century. This explosive urban growth has created great pressure on Indian cities and towns, and thrown up big challenges for ‘Making Cities Work’. For the past ten years, Municipalika has been instrumental in highlighting these challenges, evaluating options, and developing possible solutions and strategies. Municipalika 2013, the 11th International Conference and Exhibition, with its theme, “Good Urban Governance for Safe, Healthy, Green, Inclusive and Smart Cities”, will be held on 13-15 March 2013 in Greater Noida, Delhi National Capital Region. 

Focusing on city infrastructure and sustainable urban development, this three-day conference and exhibition will be attended by over 1,000 delegates, and 5,000 professional visitors, comprising Central and State Urban Development Departments, Municipal Corporations, Urban Local Bodies, Urban Development Authorities and Urban Parastatals. The conference sessions will have deliberations on various topics such as urban reforms, safety and security, energy efficiency, environment, affordable housing and e-governance. Each of the sessions will highlight the challenges, major initiatives and actionable agenda needed for creating sustainable and inclusive cities. 

UNESCO will participate in this event through a presentation of Ms. Marina Faetanini, Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences, on Internal Migration in India, highlighting the need for inclusion of migrants in urban and other settings, thereby balancing economic development with a commitment to social cohesion, cultural diversity and integration. There will also be an exhibition space where UNESCO shall showcase its recent publications, including UNESCO/UNICEF Policy Briefs: For a Better Inclusion of Internal Migrants in India; UNESCO/CSH Urban Policies and the Right to the City in India: Rights, Responsibilities and Citizenship and UNESCO/UN-HABITAT Toolkit: Historic Districts for All – India: A Social and Human Approach for Sustainable Revitalisation. 

The event shall be supported by a host of partners, including among others, UN-HABITAT; Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India; Department of Urban Development and Housing, Government of Rajasthan; Good Governance India Foundation; GIZ; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI); United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA); Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) and Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN). 

To learn more about the event, please click here 

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