turning ideas into action


Exciting news ahead... in June I will be attending the World Urban Forum in Vancouver. 

A short excerpt from their website.

The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor's access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.

The World Urban Forum is a biennial gathering that is attended by a wide range of partners, from non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, urban professionals, academics, to governments, local authorities and national and international associations of local governments. It gives all these actors a common platform to discuss urban issues in formal and informal ways and come up with action-oriented proposals to create sustainable cities.

The third session of the World Urban Forum (WUFIII) will be hosted by the Government of Canada. It will take place in Vancouver, Canada, from 19 to 23 June 2006 and have as its main theme, Our Future: Sustainable Cities – Turning Ideas into Action.

I'm really looking forward to this forum... the list of sessions goes on and on. Just by title name here are some of the sessions that I'm interested in:

  • Accessible Urban Space: A Facilitated Discussion on Inclusive Cities and Communities
  • Canada’s Super E House Program: International Partnerships for Ecologically Friendly, Energy Efficient Homes
  • Designing our Future Cities - About Sustainability, Education and Action
  • Safer Cities through Youth Development and Participation
  • Child and Youth Friendly Cities

  • These are only a few of the sessions that have caught my attention at first glance. There are still so many to look through....
    ahh, decisions, decisions...

    oh yes, Aryn will be there too. Yes, and by Aryn I do mean the beau.


    1. where are you finding the list of sessions? I have been trying to find one for some time and have been unsuccessful.

    2. Hmm... methinks my sleuthing skills must be better than yours. Lucky you have an 'in' with such a super detective.

      The provisional list of confirmed Networking Events is as follows:

      Networking Events WUFIII – provisional list as of March 31, ordered by organization name

      Networking Events WUFIII – provisional list as of March 31, ordered by Title name

      and here's the program at a glance, in case you wanted to know how many sessions you can fit into your schedule.