UPSC Organizes Urban Planning Experts Attending the 7th World Urban Forum
Under the commission of the Ministry of Housing and Urban & Rural Development, the Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC) organized experts in the field of urban planning to attend the 7th World Urban Forum that was held in Medellin, Columbia from Apr. 5 to 11. Since 2002, UN-HABITAT has held six world urban forums in Nairobi, Barcelona, Vancouver, Nanjing, Rio de Janerio, and Naples respectively. The theme for the 7th World Urban Forum was “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life.” Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the UN, dedicated a congratulation speech via video on the opening ceremony of the forum. He pointed out that constantly growing cities have become a main theme of the present world, which provide many opportunities for sustainable development. In the meantime, equity turns into a primary challenge for cities in development. Now many residents in cities and towns are classified based on various social, cultural, and economic factors, and lost their chances to change their life in cities because of these classifications.
In an arrangement that combined discussions with exhibitions, the forum contained theme dialogues, round table forums, urban talks, internet trainings, city changer rooms, an urban library, urban cinema, and exhibitions. This was the fourth time that the UPSC organizes urban planning experts to attend the event. And during the forum, the announcement ceremony for The State of China Cities (2013) was held, which received enthusiastic responses.