Informal settlement houses under a blue sky.
14 Sep

Webinar on Zoom

Informal Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development: towards a more inclusive urban agenda

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Welcome to a webinar hosted by SLU Urban Futures and SLU Global. This webinar brings together international guests to explore the dynamics of rapid urbanization and environmental change in the context of informal settlements in the global south, asking how informal settlements form part of an inclusive and sustainable urban agenda.

With the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, ambitions to achieve sustainable urbanization are high. However, uneven development process and weak governance coupled with rapid urbanization and the dynamics of environmental change is driving the growth of informal settlements across the globe, with an estimated 25% of the world’s population living informallyInformal settlements and their activities exist outside of regulatory, planning and policy processes, meaning that limited access to land rights, basic services and city infrastructure increase the vulnerability of already marginalized populations. Moreover, the goals and objectives in urban development prioritize formal structures and practices, raising the question of how inclusive agendas for sustainable urban development actually are.

The webinar will hear presentations from speakers, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A from the audience. 




Time: 2021-09-14 10:30 - 12:00
City: Webinar on Zoom
Organiser: SLU Urban Futures and SLU Global
Additional info:

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About this webinar

This webinar is part of the webinar series ‘Urban Sustainability in the global south’, which brings together perspectives on the urban in low and middle income countries.

SLU Urban Futures
Among the four SLU Future Platforms SLU Urban Futures has the mission to strengthen sustainable urban development. The platform aims to identify knowledge needs and strives to develop new research questions addressing the challenges of an urbanising planet.

SLU Global
SLU Global is a unit at the Vice-Chancellor's Office that supports and facilitates the university's efforts to collaborate with low-income countries and regions, based on the Global Goals of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Read more about the new collaboration project here.



Andrew Gallagher, Project Coordinator for SLU Urban Futures
Hub coordinator, Ultuna
The Unit for Collaboration and Development
+46(0)730 55 80 27