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Nanning International Conference on Sustainable Urban Development - From Research to Action
9 to 11 November 2005, Nanning, China

An event of the European Union and UN-HABITAT research initiative in support of sustainable human settlements. The City of Nanning, China, will be the host of an International Conference on
Sustainable Urban Development bringing together representatives of the scientific community and local government for evaluating research approaches and results, stimulating their take-up by local authorities and designing further scientific cooperation activities.

The programme of the conference will be based on research activities in the context of the European Union Research Framework Programme, UN-HABITAT and other
organisations and institutions. The conference will foster an exchange on projects and programmes deriving from research activities that have been carried out for and in cooperation with local
governments, focusing on the following main themes:

  • urban governance and sustainable management and planning;
  • sustainable land-use planning; and
  • sustainable housing and construction

The conference participants will discuss and evaluate framework conditions for the exchange of research on human settlements and sustainable urban development,
with a view to contribute to improving local government policies. To this end, the questions to be discussed will be, among others:

  • Under what conditions can research act on and react to real local needs?
  • How can local governments provide their input to the design of research?
  • How can local governments be active partners in research?
  • How can results of research best be transferred to the local level and find entry into local implementation?

The participants will also provide their comments and input to a set of draft recommendations targeted at decision-makers of the European Commission, national and international funders of research, local governments and their associations as well as other key players in research for local sustainability. The recommendations will give directions for better frameworks and innovative means to accelerate the diffusion and use of successful experiences and practices on sustainable urban management. The Nanning Conference is part of a research initiative between the European Union and UN-HABITAT. It is also a component of the project RELAy – Research for Local Action towards Sustainable Human Settlements, coordinated by ICLEI – Local
Governments for Sustainability. Co-financing for the conference is provided by the European Commission, Directorate-General Research, UN-HABITAT, the Ministry of Construction of the
People’s Republic of China, and the People’s Government of Nanning City. The event is co-organised by the Ministry of Construction of the People’s Republic of China, the People’s Government of Nanning City, Directorate-General Research of the European Commission, UN-HABITAT and the European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.

For further information, please contact:

Ms Barbara Anton
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
International Training Centre (ITC)
Leopoldring 3
D-79098 Freiburg, Germany
Fax: +49-761/368 92 29
Email: [email protected]

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