From the 7th until the 13th of February 2018, the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) which is being organized by the United Nations Conference on Housing (UN-Habitat) took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
At the invitation from the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure (MCTI) which implements the project „Strengthening of local land management“ in cooperation with the GIZ, PhD Ratka Colic (GIZ-AMBERO) and PhD Sinisa Trkulja (MCTI) have jointly presented the project results on the February 8th at the World Urban Forum. The topic of the presentation at the side event was „National Urban Policy and Digitalisation of Urban and Territorial Planning“.
As the Serbian Government has opted for the integration into European Union, as well as for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, documents and processes in the field of planning and management of urban/territorial development which contribute to their implementation were presented at the conference. These are:
– the elaboration process of the National Strategy on sustainable and integrated urban development http://www.urbanlandmanagement.rs/en/uncategorized/february-2-2018-kick-off-event-urban-development-strategy-for-serbia/
– the document ”Land Use Code”
– handbooks for participation in planning
– and better implementation of the strategic environmental assessment http://www.urbanlandmanagement.rs/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/20150915_SEA-Guide_ENG_OPT-secured.pdf
These documents and advances are the results of the GIZ-AMBERO project in the last couple of years.
The results of the project have also been presented at the WUF7 in Medellin, Colombia in 2014. On that occasion, at the invitation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL / Service Agency Communities in One World, Germany, the AMBERO team leader Harald Mueller and Ratka Colic had their presentation on the topics: “Sustainable and integrated urban development in Serbia” (April 8th 2014) and “Inclusive urban governance: Cities for citizens – Experiences from the Global North and South”- Case studies from Serbia (April 9th 2014).
WUF9 is the key platform for the discussion on implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the urban dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the primary world conference on urban issues, which has been established by the United Nations 2001. WUF9 is one of the most open conferences in the international arena for the exchange of perspectives and experiences on urban issues.