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01/11/2019 12:00

Sustainable Cities at the age of the Digital Revolution

The 3rd International Conference on National Urban Policy took place in Nairobi on 28-31 October 2019.  Daniel Biau delivered the attached keynote speech at the opening session. Keynote Address ICNUP3.pdf


01/07/2019 23:59

What Governments could and should do

Today the world counts 7.7 billion inhabitants of which 4.3 billion live in cities (56 % of the total population). In 1980 there were 4.4 billion people of which only 1.7 billion lived in cities (39 %). In 2050, the projections predict 9.8 billion people including 6.7 billion urban dwellers (68...


07/10/2016 08:00

What did we learn from Habitat I and II?

The UN Conferences on « Cities and other Human Settlements » take place every 20 years (Vancouver 1976, Istanbul 1996, Quito 2016). They constitute important landmarks, identifying urban challenges, opportunities, problems, and proposing principles and solutions applicable all over the...


01/10/2016 18:45

Re-inventing African Cities

In October 2016, "The Thinker", the South African quarterly magazine, published the attached analysis which summarizes the challenges facing African Cities and proposes a Plan of Action for re-inventing these troubled cities. TheThinker on African Cities.pdf (802058)


06/07/2016 10:09

De Vancouver 1976 et Istanbul 1996 à Quito 2016, La continuité des défis urbains et des engagements politiques

PCM N⁰ 879 - Août/Septembre 2016   De Vancouver 1976 et Istanbul 1996 à Quito 2016,  La continuité des défis urbains et des engagements politiques   Les démographes prévoient une stabilisation de la population mondiale autour de dix milliards d’humains vers 2070 dont une large...


10/05/2016 18:33

Reinventing Urban Planning in Africa, Rabat, May 2016

As part of the preparation of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III (Quito, October 2016), the Kingdom of Morocco, represented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Policy, has organized in Rabat on 11-12 May 2016, in cooperation with...


10/05/2016 18:27

Réinventer l'urbanisme africain, Rabat, mai 2016

Dans le cadre de la préparation de la troisième Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Logement et le Développement Urbain Durable – Habitat III (Quito, octobre 2016)  le Royaume du Maroc, représenté par le Ministère de l’Habitat et de la Politique de la Ville, a organisé à Rabat les 11 et 12 mai...


20/05/2015 16:05

Terrorisme et Médias, la nouvelle société du spectacle

La communication, la « Com », est la nouvelle valeur dominante de nos sociétés superficielles, d’économies sur le déclin. Un leader politique, artistique, religieux, sportif, doit avant tout communiquer s’il veut exister. Dans les pays riches on trouve bien plus de...


14/04/2015 16:00

Preparation of the New Urban Agenda

World Summit on the New Urban Agenda.docx  Huffington Post, USA, April 14, 2015


13/04/2015 08:00

Vers un Nouvel Agenda Urbain pour la Planète

Vers un Nouvel Agenda Urbain.docx (39,8 kB) Article du Huffington Post, Paris



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25/01/2019 12:00

Pope Francis on Walls and Bridges

24 January 2019 - Pope Francis made a thinly veiled reference to President Donald Trump’s...


31/12/2018 20:50

Ann Wroe, The common sea

Ann Wroe, The common sea.pdf (borrowed from The Economist) A nostalgic article on the Brexit, in...


30/01/2018 21:00

Donald Trump on U.S. Infrastructure

“America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just one year – is it not a...


18/02/2016 11:23

Déclaration du Pape/ A statement from Pope Francis

"Anyone who wants to build walls instead of bridges is not a Christian." Pope Francis, 18 February...


04/04/2015 13:00

Médias et Terrorisme

Médias et Terrorisme.docx  En mémoire des 148 étudiants assassinés à Garissa, Kenya, le 2...


07/12/2013 15:00

Madiba, the Last Giant

Nelson Mandela passed away on 5 December 2013 in Johannesburg. His life is being celebrated all...


22/08/2011 11:53

The Fall of Tripoli

The rule of a third North African dictator is ending in Libya. After 42 years in power Muammar...


11/02/2011 11:03

The fall of the Pharaoh

After only 18 days of demonstration Hosni Mubarak steps down. He ruled Egypt for 30 years. Who's...


25/01/2011 12:16

A call from President Obama

In his State of the Union speech Barack Obama deplores the state of U.S. infrastructure and calls...


14/01/2011 00:00


For the first time in the Arab world a dictator flies due to social unrest. Is it a revolution?