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Building Urban Equity in Latin American Cities

World Urban Forum 7, Medellín - Side Event 6

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 -- 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. -- Yellow Pavilion

Around 75% of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean live in cities today. This region’s rapid urban growth has created development opportunities for millions of people, but also poses many challenges for local governments to deliver basic services and provide adequate levels of quality of life, while adapting to the growing effects of climate change. In 2011, the Inter-American Development Bank launched the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI), a multi-disciplinary approach to deal with these challenges in intermediate cities based on three pillars: urban, fiscal and environmental sustainability.

Through ESCI’s methodology, IDB specialists and urban experts work with local authorities to identify and prioritize the main issues that affect their cities and provide specific solutions to build a more sustainable and equitable future. Today, ESCI is implementing this approach in more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean cities, supported by strategic partnerships with local development banks, not-for-profit organizations, private sector institutions tand academia.

Join the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) and some of our partners as we share stories on how to design, finance and monitor interventions that promote urban equity and sustainability in the region.


12:00 – 12:10 p.m.


Horacio Terraza, Sector Coordinator, Infrastructure and Environment Sector, IDB


12:10 – 13:00 p.m.


Carlos Eduardo Correa, Mayor of Montería, Colombia

Luis Fernando Arboleda, President, Findeter

David Sim, Partner, Gehl Architects

Hubert Klumpner, Dean of Department of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich

Ariel Kogan, Researcher, Programa Cidades Sustentáveis, Rede Nossa São Paulo

Dr. Koji Ota, Senior Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


13:00 – 13:30 p.m.




ThE event will be in Spanish. English interpretation will be available.

All guests must be registered at the World Urban Forum to participate. Thank you.



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