Weekly Urban News Update
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Highlights from the 2016 Chicago Forum on Global Cities
Architecture & Sustaimability: An Opportunity for Filmmakers
Citiscope Reviews the June Urban SDG Forum in Seoul

The 2016 Chicago Forum on Global Cities occurred from June 7-9, and it brought together leaders of business, civil society, education, journalism, governments and culture for enthralling discussions on how the world's cities can help solve global problems. The event, hosted by the Financial Times and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, boasted a diverse number of speakers and participants, and was incredibly successful in gaining worldwide attention for global cities and their development.

Check out the recap video here.
B1Architecture & Sustainability: An Opportunity for Filmmakers

Architecture is an immovable aspect of city life, and has become increasingly important in urban development. The American Institute of Architects is hosting the 2016 I Look Up Challenge, an amazing opportunity for filmmakers to explore the power that architecture holds to create solutions and uplift communities. Filmmakers interested in taking up the challenge are asked to create a 2-3 video of their vision of architecture and progress. 

Register by July 10 to participate in this amazing opportunity. Submission rules and guidelines can be found here.
CCitiscope Reviews The June Urban SDG Forum in Seoul

Lat Month's Urban SDG Forum in Seoul, South Korea resulted in the creation of the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and CityNet (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements). The online platform is designed to help cities share with each other and find new ways to take on the urban components of the SDGs. 

Citiscope's Carey L. Biron caught up with CityNet's Sayel Cortes to talk more about it.  Read the full interview here .

The development world is focusing on the Habitat III conference, but what happens post-conference to implement, finance and monitor the New Urban Agenda is equally important. Join the Lincoln Institute on Land Policy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Citiscope and the Wilson Center for After Quito: Implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the next in a series of roundtable discussions organized by the U.S. Habitat III national committee.

The President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy George W. "Mac" McCarthy will give the opening remarks, and NYU research scholar Alex Bei and the Director of International and Institute-Wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute Lourdes Germán will be presenting. A panel of experts will then discuss the policies, tools and resources needed to support the New Urban Agenda.

WHEN: Monday, July 11, 10 AM - 12 PM EDT
Registration and Breakfast: 8:00-8:30 AM
WHERE: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
Brooke Mondale Auditorium
451 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20410

To RSVP, click here.
EHabitat III News

PrepCom3, the most important conference leading up to Habitat III, is coming up. It will take place from July 25-27 in the Grand City Convex in Surabaya, Indonesia. Announcements regarding applications to side events and other issues will be made next week.

Remember, registration for individuals to attend Habitat III is now open! As a reminder, the conference will take place from October 17-20, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. The deadline for individual registration is October 1, 2016.

To register for Habitat III, click here. For more information, visit our website's Habitat III page here.
In the News and Around the Web
  • Read about the powerful role of aviation in urbanization here.
  • Find out more about how American cities are clashing with their states over social and environmental politics here.
  • Urbanization in China has influenced the social identity of millions of people. Read about it here.
  • Click here to find out how capturing rain could help save Mexico City from a water crisis.
The world produced 299m tonnes of plastic in 2013; the material makes up 90% of all rubbish floating on the surface of the world's seas. Photo Credit: Guardian Cities
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