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World Habitat Day 2009 Affiliated Events
Tuesday, October 6

Date: October 6, 2009
Event: UN-HABITAT Global Report 2009: "Planning Our Urban Future"
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Point of Contact: Jason Jordan
Venue: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Open to the Public: Open
Description: Remarks from UN Habitat Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka on the release of the UN Global Report on Human Settlements

Date: October 6, 2009
Event: World Habitat Day - Habitat for Humanity Build Event
Sponsor: Habitat for Humanity International
Point of Contact: Dan Petrie
Venue: 55th & Clay Streets, NE, Washington, DC
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Open to the Public: Yes, Registration Required
Description: In recognition of World Habitat Day, join DC Habitat for Humanity for a volunteer build day on DC Habitat’s 53 home development in Northeast Washington. Come at 8:30a.m. for the build and stay for lunch at noon. There will be a brief speaking program and wall raising at 11:30a.m. Space is limited so RSVP early.

Date: October 6, 2009
Event: Creating Sustainable Global Cities
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Point of Contact:
Venue: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Open to the Public: Open
Description: On October 6, 2009, Brookings' Metropolitan Policy Program, in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, will host an event and panel discussion focused on creating sustainable global cities. The program will highlight metropolitan models for managing climate change while restoring national economies and advancing opportunities for low-income populations. Brookings Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, Bruce Katz, will open the session. Darren Walker, Vice President for Foundation Initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation, will moderate a conversation among Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, and international metropolitan leaders who are actively addressing issues of climate change sustainable growth.

After the program, panelists will take audience questions.

Event: Grassroots Women and Affordable Housing, Creating Sustainable Communities: From Local to Global Perspectives
Sponsors: Huairou Commission, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and NeighborWorks America
Venue: Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street, NW
Date: October 6, 2009
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Open to the Public: Open
Points of Contact: Birte Scholz and Eric Tars
Description: This event will open with the first roundtable, featuring a number of key women activists from around the United States, including public housing activists from New York, community organizers from St Louis and Washington DC land trust experts from Appalachia, and national safe housing advocates. These women will share their struggles and strategies related to claiming, gaining and maintain affordable and safe housing and secure tenure over land.

They will be joined in the second roundtable by global grassroots women leaders active in community organizing, women led construction of housing and fighting for land and housing rights of women, from Peru, Uganda and Jamaica. They will share their own strategies from their own local and a global perspective. The discussion will also broaden with a number of national and international activists, academics and government officials to respond and contextualize these issues within the framework of a rights based and development approach. All speakers will highlight the critical role women play in building sustainable and thriving communities. Recommendations for action to ensure grassroots women are able to claim, gain and maintain housing and land will be the focus of the event.

Each roundtable will have time for interventions/questions from the floor, and a short break in between the sessions will provide time for a interaction and personal discussions.

Date: October 6, 2009
Event: Making Cities Productive and Equitable Through Financial Education
Sponsor: United Nations Federal Credit Union, UNFCU
Point of Contact: Elisabeth Philippe
Venue: OAS Building, 1889 F Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Open to the Public: Please reply by 5 October to Elisabeth Philippe at (347) 686-6776 as seating is limited.
Description: The program will spotlight how financial literacy efforts are dramatically improving lives by providing the tools and education necessary for individuals to gain economic independence and build stronger communities around the world.

Panelists, reporting on cutting-edge advancements on the federal, state and local level include: Louisa M. Quittman, Director, Community Programs the U.S. Treasury Department; Sylvia Martinez, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Housing Finance Agency, FHFA; Joseph Filipski, Foreclosure Prevention Specialist, New Kensington CDC, NeighborWorks® America; and David Casserly, Assistant Director of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Michael J. Connery, Jr. and Debra I. Da Costa, Vice President of Marketing for UNFCU, will detail financial cooperatives' innovative approach and Timothy Challen, founder of NGO Kilimanjaro Initiative, will provide an update on how it is building more sustainable communities in East Africa in partnership with UN-HABITAT.

The panel will be moderated by Carlos Calderon, CEO, OAS Staff Federal Credit Union.

Questions and answers will follow the discussion. Refreshments will be served.

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