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Berlin Recommendations: Stimulus for sustainable urban development worldwide


Handing over the "Berlin Recommendations" to the Secretary-General of the Habitat III conference, Joan Clos by Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Development Minister, and Gunther Adler, State Secretary in the German Environment Ministry

Press release of 02.06.2016 |

Berlin – The presentation of the "Berlin Recommendations" today is the closing act of the German Habitat Forum. Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Development Minister, and Gunther Adler, State Secretary in the German Environment Ministry, handed over the Recommendations to the Secretary-General of the Habitat III conference, Joan Clos. The Berlin Recommendations are meant as a contribution to the new urban development agenda that the United Nations intends to adopt in October at the third global human settlements conference, Habitat III, in Quito in Ecuador.

"Decisions made by urban planners today will shape the way we live together in cities for decades to come," said Thomas Silberhorn. "That is why we need to set the right course now. Our meeting in Berlin has shown that sustainable urban development cannot be achieved without innovative ideas, partnership, and networked thinking and action. Local actors by which I mean functioning municipal authorities, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and academia, and ordinary citizens are the key players here."

More than 1,000 experts on urban development, representatives from municipalities, and leading figures from politics, business, academia and civil society from all over the world have spent two days at the German Habitat Forum working out recommendations for creating liveable cities for the future. Sustainable urban development brings together many aspects: urban climate and environmental protection, social equity, security and quality of life for all citizens. In order for them to be able to do all of this, so the Recommendations say, cities and local authorities need greater recognition at the national and the international level for their role as key development players, and the powers and funding to fulfil that role.

One final preparatory conference for the Habitat summit will take place in Surabaya in Indonesia at the end of July. Taking the slogan "Liveable cities – functioning cities – integrated urban solutions" as its motto, Germany intends to drive the negotiations for the New Urban Agenda forward in Surabaya.

The Berlin Recommendations can be downloaded at the following link: www.bmz.de/berlinerempfehlungen (PDF 134 KB)

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