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MAS Named a Lead Partner of the World Urban Campaign

MAS has become a lead partner of the World Urban Campaign, a project of the United Nations Human Settlements Program, which seeks coordinated uses of resources and expertise to improve the lives of at least 100 million of the world’s slum dwellers by the year 2020. The program, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is also referred to as UN-HABITAT. UN-HABITAT and its partners advocate for resilient and sustainable urban communities worldwide and seek to engage the public, private and social sectors in the pursuit of these goals. Every two years the program organizes the World Urban Forum, which is the world’s premier conference on cities. As a lead partner MAS is now a member of the World Urban Campaign steering committee, whose co-chair is also MAS’s Chair Dr. Eugenie L. Birch. “MAS is extremely pleased to be partnering with the World Urban Campaign,” said Dr. Birch, “because we have been leaders for a long time in enabling the people of New York City to meet, discuss, think creatively and work together for a more livable future.” In September Dr. Birch will be attending the sixth World Urban Forum, in Naples, which will focus on the “urban future” and is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants from 114 countries. “The Forum has become the preeminent conference on all things urban. People come together at these events to exchange notes and learn from each other about the problems and opportunities offered by urbanization,” said UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos. MAS will communicate the World Urban Campaign’s key messages and promote the objectives of the World Urban Campaign at the 2012 MAS Summit for New York City where Dr. Birch will interview Dr. Clos. UN-HABITAT and MAS share a common goal of promoting sustainability through urban public policy as well as public and private investment. To help achieve this goal, the World Urban Campaign has launched “I’m a City Changer” to share initiatives that improve cities. Visit ImaCityChanger.org to learn more.