Earth Institute Contact: Dr. Elliott Sclar
Within the context of the UN Millennium Project, the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University and La Sapienza at the University of Rome have been asked by the ministries of three middle-income countries to organize a closed workshop on “Achieving the Millennium Goals: Mobilization of Resources for Human Settlements in the Cities of Middle-income Countries” to be held in September, 2005.
The principal participants in this workshop will be cabinet-level ministers from middle-income countries. Their goal is to involve middle-income developing countries and international financial institutions in a dialogue on the harmonization of fiscal policy and social investments, in order to secure the financial resources needed to reach the Millennium Development Goals, with special reference to the rapidly growing numbers of urban poor and the need for improving the living conditions of existing slum dwellers (Targets 10 and 11 under MDG 7).
The goal of the Workshop is to identify innovative ways through which middle-income countries and their cities can mobilize resources for slum upgrading and provision for planned adequate, accessible and affordable human settlements for the poor. The achievement of the Millennium Development Goals requires substantial increases in investment in urban infrastructure and housing to improve the living conditions of their poorest citizens. The workshop also aims in this context to explore how investment in human settlements contributes substantially to improve the living conditions of the poorest citizens while continuing to strive for an internationally recognized healthy fiscal profile.
Cross Cutting Themes:
Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development
The Rockefeller Foundation