Citizens to Global Leaders: Commit to An Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Agenda
This month, October 2016, will mark an historic moment for the future of cities and for humanity. Local and regional leaders are meeting at the United Cities and Local Governments’ World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders in Bogota, Colombia this week to address how to raise local voices for a better world. Also, we are just a few days away from the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, the biggest international conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization.
These meetings will result in the New Urban Agenda, an action-oriented document that invites people to rethink the way they build, manage, and live in cities. The design and definition of an efficient New Urban Agenda relies heavily on citizens participating and sharing their needs with the global leaders who will be approving the final plan. The leaders, too, must listen to what the people are asking for, including: more and better public spaces, improved urban mobility, better human settlements with proper access to public goods, more security, improved access to healthy food, and more opportunities for youth. In the end, citizens want more inclusive and sustainable cities where they can build a better place to live.
Paula Garcia Serna and Fernando Casado Cañeque have been traveling the world through the initiative Towards the Human City, documenting the voices of civil society demanding global leaders to engage in a more participatory, inclusive, and sustainable Urban Agenda. The project has taken them through Latin America, Africa, Asia, North America and Europe, capturing the demands of citizens raising their voices to call on global leaders to become more engaged in creating human cities.
Watch their message and unite your voice to the movement. They ask that you challenge global leaders to commit to a more inclusive and sustainable urban agenda and invite you to be part of the change.