Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Being Inclusive

One aspect that is hard to ignore at the United Nation’s World Urban Forum is the array of groups that have been established to further a particular cause.

#Listen2Cities started as a hashtag and has become an organising movement (as the do).

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Others, like the Cities Alliance, formed by the World Bank and the UN Centre for Human Settlements are formal NGO’s.

Dozens of these groups were at WUF9 in addition to the array of elected members, government officials, UN secretariat folk, corporates, academics and other participants.

The groups exist in particular to champion specific causes, to hold the UN and governments accountable and, in many cases, provide subject matter expertise to help better inform the whole show!


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