Purpose of preparatory meetings
Over the past month, several preparatory meetings were held in the lead up to the first Egypt Urban Forum (EUF). The purpose of the preparatory meetings was twofold: (1) to raise awareness about the first EUF across Egypt and ensure the participation of a wide range of stakeholders in the urban development sector and (2) to incorporate the topics discussed at the preparatory meetings in the EUF sessions and overall program.
Where: Ministry of State of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements
When: May 31, 2015
Participants: UN Habitat and Dr. Laila Iskander, Minister of State of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements and her team discussing the first Egypt Urban Forum program.
Where: Delegates Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
When: May 20, 2015
Participants: 114 attendees of Alexandria, Bahira, Gharbia, Monofeya, Qalubiyya, Cairo, Matrouh, and Kafr Al Sheikh governorates, representing different stakeholders, local authorities, NGOs, youth-based initiatives, private sector, holding companies and research institutions.
Governorates Included: Red Sea, North Sinai, and South Sinai
Where: Al-Ghardaqa, Red Sea Governorate Building
When: May 12, 2015
Participants: Approximately 85 representatives of local authorities, civil society organizations and local media
Where: The National Council of Women
When: May 5, 2015
Participants: Approximately 25 representatives of women organizations and youth initiatives and political parties.
Where: the National Center for Construction and Housing Research
When: April 30, 2015
Participants: Approximately 35 representatives of Ministries, Public agencies and authorities Such as, Ministry of Local Development, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, and Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy
The second thematic meeting was held on April 30,2015 on the premises of the Building and Housing National Research Center. The meeting brought together representatives of ministries and government agencies concerned with either provision of services to urban areas or providing data on such services. The invitations were sent to officials but those who came were 34 from the following eleven ministries and seven government agencies.
Governorates Included: Giza, Beni Suif, Minya, and Fayoum
Where: Giza Governorate Building
When: April 23, 2015
Participants: Approximately 45 representatives of local authorities, civil society organizations and local media
On the invitation of both UN Habitat Cairo Office and Partners in Development for Research, Consulting and Training, the first regional meeting in preparation for the convening of the first Egypt’s National Urban Forum was held at the Executive Council’s room. The meeting started at 11.00 am and was attended by 46 participants from governorates of North Upper Egypt which included the four governorates of Guiza, Beni Sweif, Minya and Fayyoum.