CUF 2013 Conference Themes

1. The Green Urban Economy Post Rio +20:
The United Nations Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development was held in June 2012, aimed at reconciling the economic and environmental goals of the global community. The discussions by global leaders centered around two general themes: 1) How to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development; and 2) How to improve international coordination for sustainable development by building an institutional framework. CUF 2013 will discuss the urban elements of Rio+20, with reference to the sustainable development efforts in the Caribbean urban sector.

2. The Evolving Caribbean Urban Agenda:
The Caribbean Urban Agenda was created for the purposes of establishing a holistic Caribbean centered approach to urban development within the Region. A policy paper prepared by the CNULM will discuss how its broad objectives and approaches can be localized, its financial aspects, and how it can serve as a guiding principle to transform national policies and create political and urban change.

3. Local Governance and Community Engagement in the Development Process:
Local government is an important part of the historical and institutional framework of governance in the Caribbean. Development demands in the Region have led to ongoing reform in local government through decentralization, devolution and deconcentration. How have these reforms, which also include greater community involvement in the planning process, advance planning in the Caribbean? What can be done to move forward in this area?

4. Heritage and Culture in the Revitalization of Inner-city Neighbourhoods:
Caribbean inner-city neighbourhoods are facing a host of urban challenges, including poverty, environmental degradation and high rates of crime. The built heritage, history and culture of these areas are valuable assets that can spur revitalization and play a role in addressing these issues. How do we transform heritage and culture into economic activity in inner-city neighbourhoods? This question will be explored.

5. Professional Planning Practice, Education & Training in the Caribbean:
The issue of who is a professional planner and what constitutes legitimate planning practice in the Caribbean has long been unclear in the absence of a legal framework governing the profession. The quality and the relevance of training provided both regionally and internationally help to determine the extent to which planners are able to address planning problems in the Region.