On 20 and 21 January 2016, an urban Campus was organised at Unesco by the World Urban Campaign, a world platform dedicated to promoting dialogue and discussions between the French public authorities and non-governmental stakeholders on the future of cities, with certain of its French members (National Federation of urban planning agencies – FNAU, the Institute of development and urban planning of the Ile-de-France region and the French partnership for cities and territories). Using the same model as approximately thirty such Urban campuses organised worldwide, the meeting aimed to formalise recommendations from non-state players with a view to preparing Habitat III, the third United Nations conference on housing and sustainable urban development, which will be held in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October 2016. This conference will be a major event on the issues facing towns and cities. It aims to reinvigorate global commitment to sustainable urbanisation.
The subject chosen is intelligent planning for sustainable cities: how can strategic urban and territorial planning be a matrix for an integrated approach to urban development?
The debate process was organised in two stages. Firstly workshops on subjects dealing with the significant issues of planning (sustainable development, resilience and energy transition, inclusion and quality of life, etc.) and formulating operational recommendations. Secondly, stakeholder groups working to amend and complete the sectoral recommendations. GRET moderated the “NGO and professionals” group, together with the FNAU, which acted as rapporteur.
The Campus highlighted the fact that planning – when it is adapted to contexts and appropriate to the capacities of local stakeholders, especially urban project owners – can be an inclusive process for a large number of urban issues. It must be taken into account at all levels, including micro and “neighbourhood” levels. Existing cities and informal cities must be included in planning. Planning processes that are appropriate, pragmatic and inclusive can provide solutions for coordination between territorial levels, between sectoral and territorial entries, between the various stakeholders who make the city and can thus contribute to building a new urban citizenship.
The key messages of the Paris Urban Campus will be relayed in the next stages of preparation of the Habitat III summit, which will take place in October 2016 in Quito, and in which GRET will be actively participating.
The analyses and recommendations will be summarised in a text that will soon be available.