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This page contains latest news, registration details and links and biographies of confirmed speakers. Over 75 cities have registered their participation as Dublin prepares for the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty - an offical event of the Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the Europen Union.
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Mayor of Edmonton to speak at Forum
Mayor of Edmonton, Stephen Mandel to speak at Forum
WACAP8 now active on Twitter: TechFightsPoverty
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Technology fights poverty – Dublin showing the way
PRESS RELEASE Dublin City Council
DUBLIN - 10 January 2013:
Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí says “At the start of 2013 we get the chance to reflect on the events of the past 12 months and we think of people who are no longer with us – some close family and friends and some people in different parts of the world whose lives have changed in 2012 through acts of nature and through conflict.
We also look forward to the New Year - the start of a New Year is always a time of hope and new beginnings.
We in Dublin are keeping this spirit of hope alive in 2013. We are hosting the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty, co-hosted with UNDP in partnership with UN Women and UNITAR.
I am going to be joined by Mayors from all over the world who are in Dublin on 20th & 21st February 2013 to work together on some practical solutions that will make a difference to the lives of people who are blighted by poverty.
By joining us in Dublin they will get to hear and meet some world class speakers from cities and organisations across the world and from the technology sector who are making a difference to the lives of real people.
This is an opportunity for companies based in Dublin to showcase high tech solutions which help cities the improve the quality of life of its people. I would like to hear from you if you have something that you showcase in February.
Let us hope that by this time next year we will have made a difference and have helped someone to break out of the cycle of poverty”.
Cities from Across the Globe Prepare for Urban Development Summit in Dublin. Six weeks to go before the 8th Summit of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty
PRESS RELEASE UNDP
GENEVA – 9 January 2013: With six weeks to go before the 8th Summit of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty in Dublin, Ireland, a growing number of participants are preparing to share hundreds of best practices in sustainable urban management with other cities.
The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) is a network of more than 900 cities working together to confront development challenges collectively. The Alliance supports its member-cities to mobilize individuals, governments, and all sectors of society to confront the many challenges of urban poverty and to share successes - and failures - with other cities.
Hundreds of best practices in reducing urban poverty will be presented at WACAP 8. Cities from across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas will attend the Forum. For example, the City of Edmonton, Alberta will present how it eliminated the need for a garbage dump through aggressive composting and recycling programs. UNICEF, UN-HABITAT and UN Women will bring city delegates from Port Moresby, Quito, Kigali, New Delhi and Cairo to showcase their "Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls" initiative.
UN WOMEN Executive Director Michelle Bachelet said that no city could be considered safe, smart or sustainable unless half of its population – women and girls—could enjoy public spaces without the fear of violence. “Working with municipal leaders, WACAP8 can help ensure that women, youth and children are safe to fully enjoy the many opportunities that cities offer”.
Dr Jo Beall will speak at WACAP8
We are delighted to announce today that Dr Jo Beall, Director of Education and Society at the British Council and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town will address the Forum on 20 February.
In recognition of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty's (WACAP) special contribution to south-south and triangular cooperation WACAP received an award on Friday at the Fifth Annual Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo).
Adam Rogers, Coordinator of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty, accepts an award from Yiping Zhou, Director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, for WACAP’s “Special contribution to south-south and triangular cooperation.” Photo by Ferran Perez / UNDP
Vinay Venkatraman confirmed as speaker at WACAP Forum 2013.
Click here to see a presentation by Mr Venkatraman on Frugal Digital and the Digital Divide - how people make technology relevant for themselves in difficult situations.