The 2014 Integration Segment, chaired by His Excellency Vladimir Drobnjak, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations and Vice-President of ECOSOC, brought together the President of the Republic of Rwanda, the Vice-President of Colombia, the UN Special Envoy on Cities and Climate Change, ministers from Croatia, Ghana and the Republic of Rwanda, mayors from Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kingston, Linköping, Morogoro, Paris, Victoria), planners from the Kingdom of Morocco, the United Nations system ( the UN Secretary General, the Vice-President of the General Assembly, UN-Habitat, UNEP, UNESCO, World Bank, the Chairperson of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development), and representatives from the African Union Commission, non-governmental organizations, major groups, academia and the private sector.
The first-ever Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council focused on “sustainable urbanization”. The Segment demonstrated how urbanization can be an effective tool for the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
Official Meetings and Other Events
The meeting featured various interactive panel discussions and dialogues. [Official Programme] Side events, that were organized by Member States, the United Nations system and other stakeholders during these three days, offered opportunities for ministers, mayors and other stakeholders to engage with each other on the future of cities.