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Future of Places of Ng’ambo in Stockholm

The Future of Places conference, which starts on 29 June, is the third and last in a series of conferences aiming at a high rank for public space and the impact it can have on the New Urban Agenda. This agenda will be discussed at the Habitat III conference in Quito in October 2016. This Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development is following the Istanbul conference in 1996 in the bi-decennial cycle and emphasizes the global commitment for sustainable urbanization.

The conference in Stockholm is organized by UNhabitat together with Ax:son Johnson foundation and Project for Public Spaces and brings together researchers, global, regional and national policy makers, public and private sector representatives and NGO’s that play an important role in the positioning of public space as driver for development. The common goal is to shape the intermediate conclusions of previous gatherings and research into recommendations to Habitat III.

AAmatters is invited to take part and on behalf of the Government of Zanzibar present the case of Ng'ambo Tuitakayo, ‘the Ng'ambo We Want’. In the plans

for the heritage based regeneration of this historic and highly interesting area just outside of Stone Town, public and open spaces play an important role. Ng'ambo Tuitakayo is developed as a participatory project based upon the Unesco Historic Urban Landscape approach by the Department of Urban and Rural Planning of the Government of Zanzibar, Unesco, the City of Amsterdam and AAmatters.

The partners are about to start a next phase of the project, which can be seen as a forerunner of the New Urban Agenda that is supposed to be discussed at Habitat III in Quito next year. We look forward to interesting discussions in Stockholm!

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