The Urbanization Knowledge Platform (UKP) for the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) stems from a partnership between Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the World Bank (WB), and the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI). The Platform was officially launched on September 17-18, 2012, during a high-level workshop entitled “Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth for MENA Cities at the Crossroads” held at CMI.
The event will bring together representatives from national governments, mayors, practitioners, research institutions and academics in the field of urban development from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.
About the Urbanization Knowledge Platform
The objective of this Platform is to bring together city mayors, urban practitioners and specialists, and researchers to exchange experiences and viewpoints about priority urban issues, capitalizing on the momentum which has developed within the MENA region, to ultimately harness urban growth for better development outcomes.
The UKP will build on core themes in response to key priorities which have emerged in the MENA region following the Arab revolutions.
SESSION 1 – Welcome remarks: the Challenges of Urbanization for MENA Cities
SESSION 2 – Challenges of Urban Development from the perspective of a National and Local decision makers
SESSION 3 – Urbanization Knowledge Platforms and MENA
SESSION 4 – Panel Discussion 1: Empowering Local Governments Local Governance-Administratively and Technically
SESSION 5 – Panel Discussion 2: Empowering Local Governments - Financially
SESSION 1 – Panel Discussion 3: Strengthening Cities for Economic Growth and Service Provision
CLOSING SESSION – UKP and the Way Forward