(Special Session) Leveraging Diversity and Culture, Shaping Cities for All
As spaces of agglomeration and intersection, cities are often at the centre of debates on culture and diversity. Diversity, much like sustainability and resilience have become the top-trending buzzwords that appear in cities’ self-representations and development plans. Equally important, the adoption of policies that promote cultural expression, the protection of heritage and the development of creative industries are key ways to contribute to social cohesion, capitalise on diversity, provide livelihoods, and empower local communities.
Co-organized by UNESCO and UN-Habitat, the Special Session “Leveraging Diversity and Culture, Shaping Cities for All” aims to enhance the understanding on how a city’s culture and diversity can be leveraged to better contribute to integration and create cities for all and shared by all. The session’s objectives include to take stock of recent trends and good practices that could be promoted in a global campaign “Housing at the Centre: Diverse cities, cities for all”; and to advance discussions with organizations and stakeholders on a joint programme on access to housing, diversity and culture in cities.
The Session will be moderated by Ms Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director of the Division for Creativity, UNESCO.
- Ms Christine Musisi, Director for International Relations, UN-Habitat
- Mr Virginio Merola, Mayor of Bologna, Italy
- Ms Elizabeth Cardosa, President the Heritage of Malaysia Trust
- Mr Philippe Garnier, Head of Habitat Sector CRAterre
- Representative of the City of Durban, South Africa (TBC)
- Representative of the City of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (TBC)
- Mr Jeffery Lim, KLB Artist Malaysia
- Mr Lazare Eloundou-Assomo, Deputy Director, Division of Heritage, UNESCO