Federation for
Housing and


Wednesday 30.11.2016
Networking Lounge, 2nd Floor, Hilton Reforma Hotel. 11:30-12:30

The New Urban Agenda was endorsed by the UN General Assembly in October. To achieve successful implementation of the New Urban Agenda, all actors have to think differently and require strong cross-sectorial partnerships.
The New Urban Agenda is a milestone and points out the direction for future for urban development. Nations endorse the UN Agenda; cities and urban professionals implement it. To achieve successful implementation of the New Urban Agenda, all actors have to act differently and we need strong inter-sectoral partnerships. 
This session will discuss the importance of urban governance and partnerships and will be the third discussion between Novo Nordisk, The International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP) and City Leaders. The first was conducted at Habitat III and the second at the IFHP Summit in Rotterdam 10th November 2016. Our CEO, Anette Galskjøt, will moderate this side event. 
N.B. The debate will be in English, however simultaneous translation will be provided to allow for Spanish speaking panellists and participants to follow the debate in their local language.


  • The Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson
  • The Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb
  • The Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen
  • Dr. José Armando Ahued Ortega, Secretary of Health, Mexico City 
  • Niels Lund, Health Advocacy, Novo Nordisk, 
  • Jesper Nygaard, CEO Realdania
  • Anette Galskjøt, CEO IFHP (Moderator)

Structure for session One-hour panel debate:

Short introduction to the New Urban Agenda, Urban Governance and the importance of strong partnerships: by Anette Galskjøt
2 minutes for each participant to present themselves and to explain how their organization works with cross sectoral partnerships in broad terms.
The discussion will concentrate around the following questions:
  • What do you consider the main challenges and opportunities in respect of implementing the NUA’s vision for successful urban governance? 
  • How do you intend to work with these? 
  • Any examples of this so far, has implementation already started? 
  • For private sector (organisations and corporates), what are the main opportunities here and how do you see your role? 
  • Do you have any concrete examples of how you work in partnerships to address urban challenges? 
  • Will the new urban agenda change the way you practice/lead in the future?
Summing up by moderator. 
If there is enough time, there will be room for questions from the audience. 
The event is hosted by IFHP together with: 
For more information about the Summit, please contact CEO Anette Galskjøt ( from the IFHP team.