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Sharing European cities’ experience with the world: Commissioner Hahn attends World Urban Forum in Medellin

(07 April 2014)

Sharing European cities’ experience with the world: Commissioner Hahn attends World Urban Forum in Medellin

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn will represent today and tomorrow the European Union at the 7th edition of the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Columbia. He will share the lessons learnt in Europe's cities when tackling the common challenges of pollution, poverty, sustainable mobility and social equity with around 80 ministers from all around the world.

Speaking ahead of the conference, the Commissioner said "There is no one single model for well-functioning cities; but the common ingredients include: a commitment to equality of opportunity, job creation, boosting innovation and an efficient use of natural resources; also, a drive to improve the quality of life for young and old, men and women alike. We need a holistic approach to develop cities that people want to live in and our experience in Europe has shown that they are built on the foundations of good governance and democracy”.

The World Urban Forum is the World's premier on Cities, a non–legislative technical forum convened by UN-Habitat in a different city every two years, to examine the most pressing issues in the world today in the area of human settlement.

UN-habitat is the United Nations Human Settlements Programme mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the system of the United Nations. 

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