Dialogue 4: Integrated Governance in Spatial Planning for a More Just, Green, and Healthy Urban Future - World Urban Forum 11th Session
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Dialogue 4: Integrated Governance in Spatial Planning for a More Just, Green, and Healthy Urban Future - World Urban Forum 11th Session (WUF11, 26–30 June 2022, Katowice, Poland)



COVID-19 has amplified
existing inequality patterns and represented a major governance
challenge requiring inter-sectoral, multi-actors and multi-level
coordination to address fragmented reality. The additional and related
trends and shocks of spatial inequality, food security and b=nutrition,
climate change and digital transformation currently present both
challenges and opportunities to put forward initiatives that can
successfully integrate multi-level governance in urban development
through spatial planning.

The Decade of Action calls for
accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world's biggest
challenges, ranging from poverty and gender to climate change,
inequality and closing the finance gap, mobilizing all sectors of
society on three levels: global action, local action, and people action,
through multi-level governance.

Multi-level governance has
emerged as a paradigm shift in governmental and public management
approaches that strive for broad consultative processes and mechanisms
for vertical and horizontal coordination among and between a diverse
range of actors and levels of government. This involves both the formal
and informal institutions as well as the public, private and social

Both governance and spatial planning are defined as
enablers for the territorial and urban development process. The
relations between governance and spatial planning are symmetric in the
sense that both enablers can be the departing point of a process that
will end up reinforcing the second. A governance initiative can
represent the starting point of a spatial planning process, while
territorial planning can structure the development of enhanced
governance structures.

The interconnection between governance and
spatial planning has contributed to achieve progress in the
implementation of the SDGs in an integrated manner, with impacts in the
areas of poverty and social exclusion, territorial cohesion, local
climate action, integrated digital transformation strategies, improved
private sector involvement, enhanced local employment and opportunities.
It is through these integrated initiatives that territories and cities
achieve critical advancement of several SDGs at a time, ensuring the
Decade of Action will lead to the accomplishment of the agenda 2030.

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Transformative action beyond boundaries

Guiding Questions for discussions

Panel One
How can urbanization serve as a vehicle for economic development of a
country? How to make sure that investment in urban infrastructure and
services underpin economic transformation?
- Can linking investment
in urban development, based on sound territorial planning and objectives
of structural transformation, lead to more synergies of investment in
various sectors of economy? How can governance and spatial and
investment planning go beyond their jurisdictional boundaries? Can we
think of innovative approaches to territorial governance that improve
horizontal and vertical coordination for sustainable urban

Panel Two
- How can developing countries
better coordinate investment opportunities and public revenues to
finance sustainable urban development at national and sub-national
- How can external finance be more effectively leveraged in
cities of the Global South  - particularly small and intermediary