Weekly Urban News Update
May 6, 2016
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IHC Open Forum: Cities, Housing and the Urban Poor 

You are cordially invited to an IHC Open Forum, co-sponsored by the National Association of Realtors, as part of their annual legislative conference in Washington D.C. 
Representatives from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and  Department of State will speak on issues of housing, cities and the upcoming Habitat III conference in October of this year. The event will be an introduction to IHC's new strategy to advance more equitable urban development with decent, affordable housing being one of six key drivers of a vibrant city.  
WHEN: Tuesday May 10th, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
A networking session will follow the formal program
WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Hampton Room, East Conference
2500 Calvert St NW, Washington D.C.

RSVP to Anjali Bean at bean@intlhc.org, or call 202-239-4401.

Urban Institute Research on the Urban Data Revolution

IHC member the Urban Institute recently released a paper focusing on the political and institutional constraints to achieving a true urban data revolution.  The paper discusses the increased focus on data within the Sustainable Development Goals, and the opportunities that greater access to quality data presents. However, they warn that there are significant political and institutional stumbling blocks in the way of fully utilizing these new data streams. 

Using an accepted framework to describe the way that data is used to inform policy decisions, the writers make the case that three additional factors must be included. 
  1. Permission - Local and regional governments and other stakeholders must be allowed to access data. Too often data is collected at a national level and regional governments lack permission to access the data or make policy decisions based on it. 
  2. Incentive - Even with data available, the right kind of incentives need to be developed to encourage city and regional governments to make the time and effort to use it effectively. 
  3. Institutionalization - Efforts must be made to ground these changes into the institutions themselves so that politics and changes in leadership don't end effective changes. 
The paper shows how each new factor affects all levels of the data revolution framework, from problem identification, through to analysis, application and policy change. It ends by making recommendations for how this improved framework might be applied to current discussion around SDG implementation and the data revolution. 

Read the full paper here
Refugees and Migrants: Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization

Please joint the Mission of Italy to the United Nations, UN-Habitat and partners for a day long conference looking at " Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization."

More than half of the world's refugees and displaced live in urban areas, often in fragile cities with high levels of inequality. Unplanned migration and displacement can lead to social tension, safety concerns and the growth of inequitable informal settlements and lack of access to basic need. However there are many e xamples of cities that offer opportunities for a dignified life, and for migrants and refugees to be integrated socially and spatially, participating in greater economic growth.

This event will help to shape key messages for the High Level Summit on Refugees and Migrants planned for 19 September 2016, and discuss how migration can be incorporated into Goal 11 of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda that will come out of Habitat III in October. 

WHEN: Wednesday May 18th, 2-6PM (EDT)
WHERE:   United Nations Headquarters,  ECOSOC Chamber  

Find more information and RSVP here
In the News and Around the Web
  • Read about cities taking center stage at the Climate Action Summit here and here
  • Read an article from the United Nations connecting access to clean water in Flint, Michigan to other serious human rights concerns here
  • Read a blog post from Habitat for Humanity's Solid Ground Campaign, calling for housing to remain at the center of the New Urban Agenda here

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Inclusive Housing and Sustainable Cities
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