President Charrier addresses metropolitan inequities issues at WUF7

charrier WUF7Maurice Charrier, President of INTA, speaking at the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellin said that “beyond political talks, the WUF was an opportunity to engage in a vivid dialogue with elected officials and community leaders on the role of metropolitan governance in reducing territorial inequalities. Metropolisation is an institutional construction that allows more democratic cooperation needed to face the current economic and social challenges, needed also to better build an urban future with less territorial inequalities and fragmentation. The metropolitan momentum is an irreversible process. This debate continues the discussion taking place within INTA’s Communities of Competence on metropolitan process”.

Metropolisation, as a process, creates a new qualitative relationship with municipal levels. The metropolitan areas are already part of the daily life of most of the citizens. But if metropolises are a form of modernity, their contents depend on the nature of the projects they carry. And conversely, these territorial projects, based on political choices, are the key to the acceptance and the progress of these new modes of urban life.

The metropolitan project must be considered as a necessary condition to build territorial solidarity, a necessary condition to the universal access to urban services, and a necessary condition to the ” right to the city “.

Read Maurice Charrier’s intervention in French or Spanish.


The LALI wave: driving the change

Signature and ratification of the Latin American Landscape Initiative (LALI) by the civil society, the academia, the local government attending the IFLA SAP 2012 Americas Conference, in Medellin, Colombia, October 19.

” LALI is a regional initiative, but its meaning goes much beyond the limits of the Latin America region: it signals the mobilisation of civil society for the safeguarding of important collective values, the ones that are represented by the conservation of beauty, of biodiversity, of traditional knowledge, of heritage in all its forms. 

Unesco praises the work that you have done during this meeting, and wholeheartedly supports the LALI initiative as a basis for an enhanced regional and international action that will lead to the development of more effective and universal policies, in collaboration with all the main United Nations Agencies, the international NGOs and national and local Governments of all the regions of the world.

Thanks! We look forward to an even greater global engagement for the preservation of Landscapes! ”

Francesco Bandarin UNESCO ADG Culture

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Nota Bene: Thank you to Martha Fajardo, LALI Chair-ILC task force member and IFLA Former President for this valuable contribution.