The Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF) is an annual Conference that brings together high level decision makers, academics, municipal managers and other urban professionals for policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and training on urban sector issues.



Caribbean Urban Forum 2017 - Belize

Theme: 

[Green] Energy, Economy & Space – Pathways to Urban Sustainability

Sub-Themes:

  • Green Energy:
    • Urban Mobility and Transport
    • Technology Applications in Sustainable Urban Development
    • Planning for walkability, reduced automobile dependence, low carbon transport, public transportation
    • Urban/Rural Planning
    • Green Building Technology
    • Cultural Heritage as Lessons in Green Design
  • Green Economy:
    • Formal/Informal Livelihoods in the Green Urban Economy
    • Financing Urban Greening in Towns and Cities
    • Governance for Transitioning to a Green Economy
    • Formal/ informal opportunities for green business development in the urban economy
    • Natural resource based livelihoods, conservation and alternatives
    • Urban agro-ecology
    • Reduce, Re-Use, Recycling in Urban Communities
    • Cost/ benefit of Greening green taxes
    • Green policies and legislation
    • Financing local economic development and strategic local action
    • Gender and the Green economy
  • Green Space:
    • Spatial Justice – Green space as a Right not a Privilege in Urban Communities
    • Climate Change Resilience for Vulnerable groups in urban communities
    • Localized Planning for Urban Resilience
    • Professional Planning Practice – Making Space for all Planners
    • Informal Human Settlements
    • Inequality in provision of green spaces
    • Alternative Uses for Green Space in Cities
    • Ecological space in Urban Communities
    • Water and the City – reclaiming waterfronts
    • Planning and Social issues
    • Community planning – Best Practices Approaches
    • Designing for the Complete Community
    • The role of the environment in city branding

Key Outcomes:

      • Improved knowledge on green energy economy, and green space inclusive of emerging and indigenous technologies.
      • Specific panel discussions on Cities, Coastal Adaptation, and Climate Change; Challenges to Low-Income Housing and Neighbourhood Upgrading; and Inequality, Sprawl and Urban Sustainability.
      • Training on public space assessment and planning
      • Improved understanding of practical realities of municipal governance through Mayor’s conference
      • Working group established to develop and implementation plan for the new urban Agenda of UN-Habitat
      • Exposure to Garifuna music and cultural traditions
      • Practical examples of local economic development using coastal resources
      • Urban Expo to facilitate public engagement
      • Finals/ awards of Minecraft awards
      • Meeting of the Central American Association of Municipal Councils (CAMCAYA)
      • Launch of the book: A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States

Caribbean Urban Forum 2016 - Suriname

Theme: 

Sustainable Development- the gap between Rhetoric and Reality

Sub-Themes:

      • Sustainable Urban Development
      • Local governance and Decentralization
      • Sustainable transportation solutions
      • Local Economic Development for the Caribbean
      • Professional Planning Practice, Education & Training in the Caribbean
      • Unrealistic and unsustainable housing and settlement upgrading programmes
      • Built environment and public health
      • Management of urban coastal zones

Cross cutting themes:

Transition management and  Monitoring and evaluation

Key Outcomes:

      • Explored why policy not being implemented
      • Introduced the need for indicators systems to monitor progress in the urban sector
      • Official Launch of The Spatial Planning Association of Suriname (SPASU)
      • Hosting of Urban Planning For City Leaders Workshop (UN Habitat)
      • Hosting of Urban Design Studio for Energy Efficient Campus Design and Management
      • Book from conference papers

Caribbean Urban Forum 2015 - St. Lucia

Theme: 

Island System Planning

Sub-Themes:

      • Island Systems Planning
      • Sustainable Land Management in the face of Climate Change
      • Local Economic Development for the Caribbean
      • Moving Towards Energy Efficiency: Alternatives and Opportunities
      • Professional Planning Practice, Education & Training in the Caribbean
      • Habitat III Agenda- The Role of Small Island States in the Habitat Agenda
      • Housing Policy in the Caribbean: Lessons Learned & New Directions
      • Sustainable Development in Saint Lucia

Key Outcomes:

      • Examination of the concept of Island Systems Planning
      • Official Launch of The Saint Lucia Institute of Land Use Planners (SLILUP)
      • Launch of the UN-Habitat publication: Urbanization and Climate Change in SIDS.
      • Hosting of Urban Planning For City Leaders Workshop (UN Habitat)
      • Hosting of Urban Design Studio for Energy Efficient Campus Design and Management
      • Showing of documentary on East Pot of Spain entitled “City on the Hill” (which subsequently won People’s Choice for short film at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2015)
      • Discussions on the Habitat III Agenda
      • Book from conference papers

Caribbean Urban Forum 2014 - Barbados

Theme: 

Placemaking

Sub-Themes:

      • Building Green Economies: Caribbean Case Studies
      • Conserving Our Heritage: A Gift from the Past to the Future
      • Moving Towards Energy Efficiency: Alternatives and Opportunities
      • Building Strong and Resilient Communities
      • Involving Communities: Emerging Tools in Participatory Planning
      • Professional Planning Practice, Education & Training in the Caribbean

Key Outcomes:

      • Examination of the concept of Placemaking
      • Examine the role of Local Economic Development in developmental planning
      • 3rd Annual Meeting of CPA

Caribbean Urban Forum 2013 - Trinidad

Theme: 

[R]Evolution

Sub-Themes:

      • The Green Urban Economy Post Rio +20
      • The Evolving Caribbean Urban Agenda:
      • Local Governance and Community Engagement in the Development Process
      • Heritage and Culture in the Revitalization of Inner-city Neighbourhoods
      • Professional Planning Practice, Education & Training in the Caribbean

Key Outcomes:

      • Review of the urban aspects of the green economy post Rio +20
      • Discussions on local governance, culture and heritage and professional planning.
      • 2nd Annual Meeting of the CPA and Young Planners Network

Caribbean Urban Forum 2012 - Jamaica

Theme: 

Planning to achieve the Vision………Towards a green urban economy

Sub-Themes:

      • Local socio-economic development and poverty alleviation
      • Defining guiding principles for the Caribbean Green Economy
      • Enabling mechanisms for governance and professionals
      • Governance (including Local Governance)
      • The Informal Sector and urban issues
      • Hazards Mitigation and Disaster Management in Urban Planning and Management
      • Security & Safety Aspects of Urbanization
      • Physical Living Conditions
      • Sustainable Planning for Urban Development & Management
      • Institutional Reform, including Legal Reform as a cross-cutting solution

Key Outcomes:

      • Further examination of the concept of green urban economy. Review of consultants reports on urban sector issues produced under the NSUS project
      • Review of the Caribbean Urban Agenda.
      • Formation of the Caribbean Planners Association (CPA)
      • Guidance on CARICOM’s position on the zero draft document “The Future We Want” to be presented at Rio +20 (Jun 2012).
      • The above issues were presented as a paper to COTED entitled The Role of Cities in the Green Economy on 17th -20th April 2012

Caribbean Urban Forum 2011 - Guyana

Theme: 

Establishing a Policy and Research Agenda for the Urban Sector in the Caribbean.

Sub-Themes:

      • The Importance of Managing Urban Information for Regional Development and Setting of the Regional Urban Research Agenda
      • Knowledge Development for Decision Making at the National and Municipal Level
      • The Professional Community and the Urban Agenda
      • Promoting the Urban Agenda

Key Outcomes:

      • Discussion the formation of the Caribbean Planners Association and initial thinking on the Caribbean Urban Agenda. These ideas were presented as papers to the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) of CARICOM entitled Development of a Caribbean Urban Agenda in the Context of Sustainable Development and Urban Development & the Green Economy on 1st-2nd September 2011.