Thousands more attended virtually online, as this was the first WACAP Forum to take advantage of crowdsourcing, tapping into the experiences and expertise of people throughout the world for ideas and examples of how to best make cities smart, safe and sustainable. Through its social media approach, WACAP8 reached an astonishing number of 2.8 million followers online.
Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director at UNITAR, giving the opening remarks at the Plenary Session on Business to City Collaboration at WACAP8 on February 21, 2013
Vinay Venkatraman, Co-Founder and Designer at Copenhagen Insitute for Interaction Design giving some fascinating case studies on the institute's work at WACAP8 in Dublin on February 20th, 2013 in Dublin
Tengfie Tong from People's Government Forum in Beijing presenting a case study of his city.
Tom Arnold, CEO of Concern Worldwide offering his views on building smart, safe and sustainable cities: "NGOs have got to adapt to the reality that more and more development issues will take place in cities".
Mayors and city leaders will gather tonight at the Summit of Mayors in Dublin. Join us online at @undplive #wacap to follow the event!
As city leaders head to Dublin this week to discuss solutions to urban poverty challenges, others stay home and participate onlineGENEVA/Dublin - Anyone, anywhere, with Internet access is invited to participate in this year's bi-annual Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) in Dublin, Ireland this Wednesday and Thursday, 20 and 21 February. The WACAP Forum is a global conference organized to discuss the growing problem of urban poverty. This is the first time since the Alliance was established in 1997 that those affected by urban challenges - the citizens - are able to take part in the discussions, submit questions, offer solutions and follow the conference online.
WACAP8 is about to roll out into the social media sphere for the first time, enabling virtual delegates and city authorities from around the world to participate in the conference without having to travel to Dublin.
GENEVA/Dublin – 11 February 2013: Mayors and other senior municipals authorities from more than 100 cities will convene next week in Dublin, Ireland to discuss, debate and deliberate solutions to growing urban poverty challenges made more severe by the current economic crisis. The cities include those from across Europe, but also from as far away as Ankara, Abeokuta and Addis Ababa to Beijing, Banjul, Cairo and Khartoum.
UN Development Business will participate in WACAP8 through its chief, Nina Brandt, who will address the audience in a plenary session on the role of public private collaborations in facing urban challenges. UN Development Business calls upon business leaders to also join the cause and become part of this event. WACAP8 provides several partnership and exhibition opportunities and partners of UN Development Business are offered a 10% discount on these packages.
Peter Finnegan, Director Office of Economy & International Relations at Dublin City Council, shares his thoughts with us and calls upon those who want to contribute to making our world smarter, safer and sustainable. Visit www.dublin2013.ie to register and join the cause.
Technology fights poverty – Dublin showing the way
Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí says “At the start of 2013 we get the chance to reflect on the events of the past 12 months and we think of people who are no longer with us – some close family and friends and some people in different parts of the world whose lives have changed in 2012 through acts of nature and through conflict.
We also look forward to the New Year - the start of a New Year is always a time of hope and new beginnings.
GENEVA – 9 January 2012: With six weeks to go before the 8th Summit of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty in Dublin, Ireland, a growing number of participants are preparing to share hundreds of best practices in sustainable urban management with other cities.
The city of Rabat is preparing to host the second World Summit of local and regional leaders and the 4th Congress of our partner UCLG's World Organization, from 1st to 4th October 2013. This event coincides with the one hundredth anniversary of the municipal movement across the world and we wish to make it a moment of sharing and assembly between Africa and the rest of the world.
With less than ten weeks to go before the WACAP8 opens in Dublin, there is still an opportunity for you to register and participate in this high level event that will be co-hosted by Dublin City, UNDP and in partnership with UN Women and UNITAR.
Adam Rogers, Coordinator of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty, accepts an award from Yiping Zhou, Director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, for WACAP's "Special contribution to south-south and triangular cooperation." Photo by Ferran Perez / UNDP
“Our World in 2050: More Equitable and Sustainable – or Less?”
Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator
Address to the
World Affairs Council of Northern California
6:30pm, 7 November 2012
San Francisco, California
On World Habitat Day, the United Nations Development Programme has announced the host city of WACAP8 will be Dublin, Ireland. The WACAP8 forum will take place on 20-21 February 2013.
The organizers of the Forum in Dublin, along with the Secretariat in Geneva have been working intensely to ensure an interesting and fruitful programme, and first results of that can be seen already as we get confirmations for key note speakers. So far Michelle Bachelet, Tom Arnold and Mary Robinson have agreed to speak at the Forum.