The First International Forum on Urban-Rural Linkages

Urbanization processes shape large areas of the world, while the revitalization of rural regions has been neglected for a long time. Nevertheless, cities and villages are indispensable for the sustainable development of mankind. With the advent of ecological civilization, people began to re-examine the significance of villages and appreciate more idyllic scenery, poetic landscapes, vernacular culture, and folk customs. As a result, a laid-back country life where people live in harmony with nature catches on. The new era arrives with a new mandate, i.e. to accelerate rural revitalization and allow villages and cities to share the achievements of modern civilization in sync, which not only relieves “big city urban diseases” to a certain extent, but more importantly provides a new way of thinking for sustainable urban and rural development around the world from the perspective of a community of shared future for mankind.


Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11) promotes sustainable cities and communities including rural areas, and supports positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning (Indicator 11a). Member States of the United Nations commit to the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and promote sustainable development in both urban and rural areas. As the United Nations focal agency for human settlements comprising the urban-rural continuum, UN-Habitat is mandated to foster the implementation of SDG11 and NUA by strengthening Urban Rural Linkages (URLs). More on Urban-Rural Linkages work by UN-Habitat can be found at https://urbanrurallinkages.wordpress.com/.
Besides, UN-Habitat proactively responds to United Nations’ ongoing reform through innovation and opens itself to bold new tools, technologies and ideas on sustainable urban and rural development.


The Songyang Innovative Rural Development Programme aims to thoroughly analyze and capture the unconventional inspiring practices implemented in the rural Songyang County, and how such innovative inventions have contributed to revitalizing the rural area through empowering the local people technically, financially and mentally. Harnessing the successful story of Songyang’s rural development is expected to provide valuable lessons and inspirations to other rural areas worldwide. Mutually, best practices from other rural districts will in turn, stimulate further innovations in Songyang. As a result, innovative and sustainable development initiatives are expected to significantly strengthen rural areas and their linkages to cities, relieve the demographic pressure of
urban areas, and extensively contribute to the overall prosperity of human settlements.
In recent years, Songyang has been putting rural development in the context of urban-rural integration by focusing on culture and architecture and implementing the “architectural acupuncture” strategy to systematically promote economic and social restructuring in rural areas. It actively explores a road of rural revitalization built on culture and has achieved favourable results. United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) invited the People’s Government of Songyang County to the first UN-Habitat Assembly. This forum is part of the activities agreed upon in the letter of intent between UN-Habitat and Songyang People’s government during the first UNHabitat Assembly in May 2019; see press release at https://new.unhabitat.org/sites/default/files/2019/07/songyang_press_release_rs.pdf.

As part of the Songyang Innovative Rural Development Programme, the Forum will be of interest and benefit to a broad base of stakeholders: government authorities, relevant international organization representatives, academia, and other stakeholders working in the urban-rural continuum in different capacities. Participants will be inspired by innovative practices in China and beyond. Through plenary sessions on normative work and impact stories, guided exhibitions, networking and technical visits, participants will gain insights on innovations for rural revitalization. Furthermore, the Forum will be the first forum to promote the role of rural development within the continuum of human settlements to implement the agenda 2030 vision of ensuring that No One and No Place
is left behind.

Name of Organization: UN-Habitat and the People’s Government of Songyang County

Partner organization: The People’s Government of Songyang County

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Keynote speeches
Theme1: Rural Revitalization through Valorisation
In the new era, villages are not only about agriculture, but also are important for eco-conservation, leisure and sightseeing, and unique cultural experience. They have become the novel space for wellness preservation, eldercare, innovation, entrepreneurship, and living with prominent economic, ecological, social and cultural values. We hope to inspire more people to re-evaluate villages and explore village values after sharing interpretation and perspectives of people from different regions in this regard.

Theme2: Rural Revitalization through Innovative Practices
Unlike cities, rural areas are relatively landlocked and lack of resources. In this case, it is necessary to think outside the box to achieve rural revitalization and growth. We must innovate the pattern of rural development, tackle the conundrum of unsustainable urban and rural development, and find a new path for rural revitalization in line with the concept of eco-civilization. It is hoped that exchanges of hands-on experience and innovative practices in rural areas in different regions will inspire more people to think about rural development and learn from effective innovation experience to promote rural sustainable development.

Round-table forum
Theme: Rural Revitalization through Innovative Practices
Rural revitalization would be unsustainable without industrial revitalization. As public infrastructure improves and modern technologies such as the Internet are extensively applied in villages, geographic and industrial boundaries between urban and rural areas have gradually blurred. Villages will witness the original single-product agricultural economy being gradually taken over by a new economic form as agriculture integrates with other industries such as agro-processing, leisure tourism, and cultural creativity. They will become the new place for global innovation and entrepreneurship. We hope that by sharing cases of rural revitalization in eco-agriculture, rural tourism, folk house economy, cultural creativity, etc. in different rural areas, people will explore the path of rural development driven by industrial revitalization, and fully activate the underlying driving force of rural sustainable development.

Estimated number of participants: 200

Website: http://urbanpolicyplatform.org/ifurl

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Events Around the World

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Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Foro donde los coordinadores de las mesas de Ciudad y Territorio, Espacio Público, Equipamiento Urbano, Movilidad y Vivienda, del Ãrea de Infraestructura del Pl

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Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Presentacion de propuestas del Plan PaIs en las Areas de Vivienda, Espacio Publico,

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United States of America

The summit is a discussion around topics such as affordable housing policies, community inclusion and how to transform our lives through innovative urban design.

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Myanmar

World Habitat Day 2019 was celebrated at Hlaing Thar Yar, a township that houses 181 informal settlements out of 423 that Yangon has.

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Lebanon

The Urban Symposium will be held on 31 October 2019 to observe World Cities Day of this year entitled Changing the World: Innovations and a Better Life for Futur

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Ethiopia

Celebration of the Urban October in Ethiopia

Concept Note


1. Introduction

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United States of America

Kicking off Archtober activities, the NYC Mayor's Office and Building Energy Exchange held a meeting to discuss the new Local Laws 92 and 94, which require all n

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Guinea Bissau

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Pakistan

Activity was divided into 5 parts:
1. Discussion about Use of Plastic bags 
2. Role of Children to Make Environment Better

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India

The basic aim of this event is to diminish cultural hatred related issue, and for achieving the solution of this issue we developed a unique & scientific theory which is practical and result or

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Spain

Se llevarán materiales de difusion (principalmente digitales o impresos en material reciclado) para compartir de iniciativas y experiencias mexicanas de interés para la implementación local de l

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United States of America

It may be time for urbanists to call this era of the megadevelopment.

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United States of America

This one of a kind annual conference brings together building industry thought leaders, future architects, and shining stars of the design, real estate, planning and construction industries under o

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United States of America

This unique circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan will explore green infrastructure designed to both restore the health and productivity of the region’s marine ecology and to create resilie

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United States of America

Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit of architecture and design, will launch its 2019/2020 season during Archtober.

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United States of America

This book evaluates the impact of 20 years of urban policies in six Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico.

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United States of America

Symposium on Women and Children/Girls Experiencing Homelessness/Displacement

Name of Organization: UNANIMA International

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United States of America

Affiliated with UN Habitat and the United Nations, the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) assists in implementing the New Urban Agenda, the UN’s declaration on sustainable cities and U

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United States of America

Current construction practices lead to buildings with short lifespans made from products that contain a range of toxic chemicals, whose toxic afterlives can span millennia, that pollute our homes a

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Spain

WORKSHOP
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FOR SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

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Spain

To provide a general overview of the new scenario emerging of urban issues in Spanish city policy making associated with the forthcoming European programming period 2021-2027

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United States of America

Rahul Mehrota will be joined in conversation with Filiep Decorte, followed by a response from guest provocateur Deen Sharp.

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United States of America

Discussion Topics:
ï‚· UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2023
ï‚· U.S. Government Priorities for Global Urban Policy and UN-Habitat

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United States of America

Across the world cities are trying to tackle the increasing health impacts from air pollution an urban heat island effect.

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Kenya

It is an event that uses hip hop as a curriculum of rhythm to describe spaces that the community would like to live in. Hip Hop Architecture is created by the community for the community.

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United States of America

Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system (in area) by weaving in and out of the past and present transit hubs of lower Manhattan.

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India

Mr.Rakesh Kumar Lecture of Geography was addressed on Habits of world.Mr. R. Kumar told about how to protect animals and trees to school students..

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Philippines

In line with this year's theme for World Migratory Bird Day (Protect Birds:  Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution), the EAAFP theme for 2019-2020 (Flyways – Connecting People and Migratory Waterb

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India

Fabulous start to 150th Gandhi Jayanti in Delhi this morning doing plastic waste shramdaan with the energetic and inspiring Leaders, Rovers and Rangers of #BSG and WWF-india team !

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Colombia

Hay historias que merecen ser contadas más de una vez, y es por esa razón que queremos invitarlos al re-lanzamiento de este documental donde de la mano de grandes actores en el barrio Moravia rec

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Philippines

Location: Pasig City, Philippines

Date: October 7, 2019

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Costa Rica

This 23rd and 24th of October, the Center for Urban Sustainability and Low Carbon City are pleased to invite you to the fourth Low Carbon City World Forum.

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Cameroon

The Ministry of Housing and Development with the support of UN-Habitat will be celebrating World Habitat Day Week.

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Sweden

Swedish Union of Tenants are inviting to celebration of Habitat Day.
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Nepal

The Swayambhu World Heritage Site sits atop a hill which means that years of improper waste management has weakened the hill’s soil structure and made it susceptible to erosion.

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Kazakhstan

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Mayor’s Office of Nur-Sultan will be organizing the 8th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on 9-12 October 2019, under t

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Spain

World Cities Day will be hosted in conjunction with a science program organised by the City Council of Barcelona, that focuses on educating and promoting scientific innovation and sharing the of kn

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Kenya

Plogging on 12th October in a selected street in Nairobi's CBD. Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp).

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Spain

Any person or group may participate in Entreplanos3, since no specialized training in architecture, urban planning or audiovisual is required, and only a 2-minute video recorded with the mobile pho

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Philippines

City: Manila and Angeles City

Type of Activity: Dialogue / Design Exchange

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Mexico

In many countries around the world informal waste pickers are part of the collection and recycling chain of waste.

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Mexico

More than 80% of the world’s economic activities are concentrated in urban areas, making cities, by far the

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Japan

Urban October in Fukuoka started on 1 October with the exhibition at Fukuoka Prefecture Lobby.

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India

WHD celebration with the attendance of Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs.

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Thailand

WHD celebration with the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister on 10 October 2019

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Bangladesh

WHD celebration with the attendance of President of Bangladesh;

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Pakistan

WHD will be celebrated under the leadership of Ministry of Climate Change and Islamabad’s Argentina Park as a model park under Clean and Green Pakistan Movement which will be declared b

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Chile

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Switzerland

Events during the UNECE Sustainable Cities Week 2019 will discuss progress and challenges related to the implementation of recent international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable De

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China

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Kenya

The Bike Train was launched in Nairobi on 22 March 2019. Since then, monthly bike trains were organised towards the United Nations campus in Nairobi.

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Sweden

Uppsala Health Summit is an international arena where delegates participate in solution-oriented dialogues in workshops, inspired by keynote presentations and debates in plenary sessions.

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India

Telengana Regional Chapter of Institute of Town Planners, India is releasing the poster and distribution to governmental and non-governmental organizations across the Nation.

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United Arab Emirates

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates Hosts the Third Arab Forum for H

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Kenya

Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development and the C

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Rwanda

Africa’s greatest resource is arguably its nearly 420 million youth. Yet, this tremendous asset is relatively untapped.

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Spain

We propose to do an activity in which to put all the creativity of the children and their families at the service of the rehabilitation and we will use to celebrate two major events: Commemoration

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Botswana

Botswana joins the international community in celebrating World Habitat Day.

Name of Organization: Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development

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Spain

The event is oriented to explore the trends of the habitat sector and share our experience to contribute to the progress of the companies and organizations that integrate.

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Canada

Ecocity World Summit is the longest-standing international conference that addresses building cities in balance with nature.

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Switzerland

World Habitat Day on 7 October is a moment to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.

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Philippines

Trash Talk is an avenue to stir up conversations on waste management issues in the Philippines.

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Russian Federation

The United Nations General Assembly designated every 31st October as World Cities Day (WCD).

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Mexico

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