UN-Habitat official: Urban planners must be ‘more specialized’

Cecilia Martínez Leal, of U.N.-Habitat, believes that cities, if well planned, can be part of the solution to fight climate change. Photo by: U.N.-Habitat

For the first time, the World Urban Forum will take place in Latin America. At that March 2010 gathering in Rio de Janiero, one major topic will be at the center of the debates: What has become of urban planning?

The United Nations Human Settlements Program - more popularly known as U.N.-Habitat - will be one of the main actors at the forum. It works with professionals and organizations from governments, civil society and the private sector to improve the lives of the urban poor worldwide.

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    Antoine Remise

    Antoine is a former international development correspondent for Devex, based in Paris. He holds a bachelor's in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Lille and a master's in development administration and planning from the University College in London. Antoine has conducted researche for development projects in Chile, Senegal and Uganda, notably on education, health, local saving systems and housing issues. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.