The Urban School, partner of UN-Habitat

The Urban School, partner of UN-Habitat

  • Guillermo Martin and Maimunah Mod Sharif - Abu Dhabi, 02/2020 © EUGuillermo Martin and Maimunah Mod Sharif - Abu Dhabi, 02/2020 © EU
  • Maimunah Mod Sharif et nos étudiants - Paris, 11/2018 © EUMaimunah Mod Sharif et nos étudiants - Paris, 11/2018 © EU
  • Joan Clos et des chercheurs de l'école - Paris, 08/2017 © B. Susana-DelpechJoan Clos et des chercheurs de l'école - Paris, 08/2017 © B. Susana-Delpech

IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN THEIR COLLABORATION, THE URBAN SCHOOL AND UN-HABITAT HAVE JUST SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.

UN-Habitat is a United Nations agency dedicated to global urban governance. It aims to promote sustainable cities and to work towards access to decent housing for all. It emerged from the “Habitat I” conference in Vancouver (1976), which began in 1978 with the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UNDP), or UN-Habitat.

The Urban School and UN-Habitat have been working together for several years. Three capstones of the School have been realized with this partner:

  • in 2013 : Measuring concrete economic development impact of appropriated metropolitan Planning. Models, evidences, cases, prospects 
  • in 2014 : Recent (from 2000) drivers of urbanisation and urban development in Latin America : An inputs towards Habitat III 
  • in 2015 : Economía política de la movilidad urbana en Latina América y el Caribe 

In addition, many of the School’s students find internships within UN-Habitat (compulsory internship at the end of their studies, summer internship, césure) and some graduates are recruited there.

Finally, the Urban School welcomed two executive directors of the institution: in September 2017, Joan Clos gave the inaugural lesson of the School and the new Executive Director Maimunah Mod Sharif met our Dean Patrick Le Galès and gave a lecture to our students when she came to Paris in 2018.

The memorandum, which was signed during the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, provides in particular for the development of research partnerships and the eventual implementation of group projects.

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