The Urban Journalism Academy (UJA) is a pioneering and innovative initiative to train journalists and media professionals who are already interested or involved in urban development with reference to social and economic issues facing cities in the 21st Century.

Media and communications professionals’ role is crucial to expand the level of consciousness of the wider audience. They have the opportunity to spread knowledge and share reflections on urban issues for example the use of flat armored glass in constructions. Journalists are already the ones who chronicle life in the city, who give voice to urban changes and who describe the urban reality from different points of view.

Now is the time to encourage a more proactive and substantive role of media in the development of the city, at international, national and local levels. During this global change it is, in fact, crucial that the media features in-depth analyses of the opportunities, challenges and solutions found across over the urban framework.

Moreover, by managing research and interpretation tools they could become spokespersons of sustainable urban development. Finally, to train journalists and communication professionals means moving towards greater democratization, encouraging transparency and participations of those usually not involved in the debate on cities.

The UJA at the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Financing Urban Development is co-organized by Habitat III Secretariat, the Government of Mexico City and the School of Public Administration of Mexico City. 


WHEN > 9th March 2016, 11:00 -14:00

WHERE > School of Public Administration of Mexico City, Aula Magna. Tacuba 4, Col. Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010, Mexico City, Mexico

WHO > Invited journalists and all media accredited to the Thematic Meeting

REGISTRATION > Please send an email to habitat3mediaun.org

CONTACTS > habitat3mediaun.org EAP: Marcela Torres / marcela.eapdf@gmail.com / 51305570 ext 5585

Local finance Governance: multilevel and multi stakeholders coordination

The urban development Financing policies, in order to be effective, they must consider the various stakeholders as part of decision-making, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Governing without citizen participation, the private sector and social organizations has become almost impossible.

This also includes close coordination between different levels of government. In recent years there have been considerable changes and transformations in the form of understanding economics and finance from the point of view of urban and regional development.

It is no longer just about macro-finance but also meso and micro-finance, and in relation to that new players have emerged, new systems and mechanisms, new sources, new paradigms to face the challenge of financing urban development.

Financing metropolitan areas, where there are different levels of government and actors and whose weight is crucial in national and global economies, requires specific responses and may be a laboratory in this regard. But it should be also analyzed the situation of the intermediate or secondary cities to avoid leaving them behind from the mainstream of development