Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

25,000 from 173 countries meet on Cities

I have just arrived at the United Nations World Urban Forum. It’s held every two years and this year it is in Malaysia. Set-up by the UN in 2001, its job now is to monitor the implementation of the New Urban Agenda which outlines the ‘best practice’ policies nations and cities should follow as they urbanise.

It kicked off with full day meetings of three “Assembly” panels: business, women and youth. I spoke at the Business panel on the critical role business stakeholders have played in some cities, famously in Medellin in Columbia (world city prize winner) and locally in Auckland pre-amalgamation with the Committee for Auckland, in getting better city making happening.

I also raised the issue of how too slow moving city bureaucracries too often didn’t make enough advantage of the opportunities business (and for sure other stakeholders) brings.


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