From November 3rd to 6th 2008 a PDP delegation attended the Fourth World Urban Forum in Nanjing, China. The meeting, organised by UNHABITAT is a bi-yearly international event that aims to bring together urban development experts, representatives of national and local government, NGOs, as well as participants from the private sector, organisations, researchers and consultants.
The theme of this year’s forum was “Harmonious Urbanisation: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development”. Over 3,000 participants from 170 countries took part in the gathering. Over the four days, a diverse program of three plenary sessions, six dialogues, 73 networking events, 70 Habitat Seminars and 23 training sessions ensured that participants had extensive opportunity to launch global reports, present best practice measures, discuss and evaluate news, policies, research and innovation in urban development, and to introduce new tools and methods in urban policy development.