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  UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
     
    5th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty
Valencia (Spain): 29-31 March 2006
   
 

Place: Conference Centre / Palacio de Congresos, Avda.Cortes Valencianas - Valencia

Date: 29 to 31 March 2006

Participants: 400-500. Member cities of the Alliance, Cities and cities’ associations in partnership with the Alliance, representatives of governments, businesses and universities, social organisations and foundations, UNDP and other United Nations institutions. 1 or 2 participant(s) per city or institution.

Objective: Elaboration of municipal action strategies to fight urban poverty based on the lessons drawn from the municipalities´ achievements during the international decade for the eradication of poverty (1997-2006).

Themes: Fund-raising, promotion of partnerships, capacity building to eradicate poverty.

Conditions: There is no charge for attending this event. Travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by the participants. All requests for sponsoring from municipalities with no resources in the less developing countries will be submitted to potential donors, mainly member cities of the Alliance from industrialized countries, which may make contributions in the context of mutual assistance.

   
 

Invitation

Fifth Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty
(Valencia- 29 to 31 March 2006)
organised jointly by the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
and the City of Valencia with the support of
the Valencia region and the Spanish Government

INVITATION

The UNDP and the City of Valencia have the honour to invite you to attend the 5th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty, to be held in the Palacio de Congresos of Valencia (Spain), from 29 to 31 March 2006.

This Forum will coincide with the end of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) and will mark the 10th anniversary of the creation of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty by the UNDP.

It will draw lessons from the past decade in order to elaborate a municipal action strategy designed to expand the efforts aimed at halving by 2015 the proportion of people affected by extreme poverty and hunger, in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 at the UN by all governments.

The Valencia Forum will be built around experiences of municipalities from all continents in fighting poverty. The exchanges will focus on three major themes: resources mobilization, the promotion of partnerships and capacity building. Nine workshops will allow to hold a “cooperation fair” and to further explore municipal initiatives which do not require financial resources, access to sources of funding for urban projects, synergies with regional and international solidarity networks, the capacity building for municipalities, and the use of new information technologies.

The exchange will benefit from the presence of other actors concerned with local governance: associations of local authorities, representatives from governments and the private sector, non governmental organizations and universities in order to make this Forum a privileged setting for establishing contacts, getting information on innovative programmes, promoting partnerships and exploring financing possibilities.

Attached you will find a documentation on the works. Please return the participation form and the hotel booking form as soon as possible (no later than 15 March 2006).

   
 

Agenda

To share together the lessons from the International Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) to reinforce municipalities’ action for the effective realization of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Wednesday, March 29

10.00 - 14.00 Plenary session
10.00 - 11.30 Introduction Ceremony
Recommendations of the World Summit 2005 for the Millennium Development Goals and local contributions for their realization. Debate lead by the Innovative Partnership Center of UNDP

Presentations by municipalities, on the local results of the International Decade for the Eradication of Poverty. Lessons from urban experiences: successes and failures. Debate lead by United Cities and Local Governments, WACAP and the Association of Spanish municipalities.

12.00 - 13.30 Opening Ceremony

Forum Opening: Municipality and Region of Valencia, Spanish Government, IMF, World Bank and UNDP, chaired by the Mayor of Valencia, Host City
Forum Official Inauguration by the Real House of Spain

15.00-18.30 - WORKSHOPS A, B, C: RESOURCE MOBILIZATION

Workshop A: Municipal initiatives which do not require financial resources
Workshop B: Access to international financial sources
Workshop C: National and regional financial contributions

ROUNDTABLE:
WORLD FAMILY ORGANIZATION: Investing in Development: Applying MDGs in the Local Level and in the Family.

20.00 Official reception
20.30 Huge paella and folkloric representations

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Thursday, March 30

9.00-13.30 - WORKSHOPS D, E, F: PROMOTION OF PARTNERSHIPS

Workshop D: Cooperation fair for cities seeking new partnerships
Workshop E: Joining regional and international networks for mutual aid
Workshop F: New partnerships (Universities, NGOs, Voluntaries Organizations, Private Enterprises, Federations, Foundations, Associations…)

15.00-18.30 - WORKSHOPS G, H, I: CAPACITY BUILDING

Workshop G: Training capacities available for the municipalities
Workshop H: Access to new technologies of information for cities’ management
Workshop I: To improve people accessibilities for basic social services

20.00 Official diner
22.00 Concert at the Music Palace

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Friday, March 31

Closing Plenary Session

9.00-11.00 Presentation of the session and workshop report
Complements by the participants

11.30 - 13.00 Synthesis and conclusions
Closure
13.00 – 13.30 Press conference
13.30 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00-17.00 Visit of social projects in Valencia
17.00 Children contribution:
Presentation of the solidarity wall and kites competition

20.00 Popular concert

   
  Pictures
   
 
 
Palacio de Congresos   Opening Ceremony
     
 
Ms. Camila Marder, WFO International Relations Officer, Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President and Mr. Bruno Ricardo, WFO Communication Officer.   Speech of H.E. Mr. João Alves Filho, Sergipe State Governor, Brazil.
     
 
H.E. Mr. João Alves Filho, Sergipe State Governor, Brazil and Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President during the coffee break.    
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
ROUNDTABLE:
WORLD FAMILY ORGANIZATION: Investing in Development: Applying MDGs in the Local Level and in the Family.
  ROUNDTABLE:
WORLD FAMILY ORGANIZATION: Investing in Development: Applying MDGs in the Local Level and in the Family.
     
 
ROUNDTABLE:
WORLD FAMILY ORGANIZATION: Investing in Development: Applying MDGs in the Local Level and in the Family.
   
     
 
Hon. Mme. Saida Agrebi, WFO Vice President for Communication and Public Relations Affairs; Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President and Mrs. Lara Hussein, WFO Vice President for Family Policy Coordination before the panel signed by WFO.   Hon. Mme. Saida Agrebi, WFO Vice President for Communication and Public Relations Affairs signing the panel.
     
 
Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President and Mrs. Lara Hussein, WFO Vice President for Family Policy Coordination before the panel signed by WFO.   Ms. Camila Marder, WFO International Relations Officer, Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President and Mr. Bruno Ricardo, WFO Communication Officer before the panel signed by WFO.
     
 
Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President and H.E. Mr. João Alves Filho, Sergipe State Governor, before the panel signed by WFO.   Her Highness Queen Sofia, Spain.
     
 
Speech of Her Highness Queen Sofia, Spain.   Mr. Christophe Nuttall, Director of
Hub for Innovative Partnerships -
UNDP and Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President signing the partnership protocol.
     
 
Mr. Christophe Nuttall, Director of
Hub for Innovative Partnerships -
UNDP and Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President signing the partnership protocol.
  Mr. Christophe Nuttall, Director of
Hub for Innovative Partnerships -
UNDP and Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President signing the partnership protocol.
   
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