IHC Applauds Sustainable Cities Goal in Open Working Group Recommendations

July 2014

A new global development agenda is currently being negotiated at the United Nations. This new framework is expected to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were agreed upon by the UN in 2000 and are set to expire in 2015. These MDGs have been broadly successful in creating a global blueprint of goals and targets to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

The IHC has been an active supporter of an urban-focused Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and we are very pleased to learn that the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development (OWG) has included an urban goal in their final recommendations released this week. We are particularly happy that the very first target under the goal to “‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” is to “ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, and upgrade slums,” by 2030.


IHC Highlights Slums, Women and Water at the 7th World Urban Forum

April 2014

IHC CEO Barbara McMurray represented the IHC at the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF) in Medellin, Columbia, as part of the U.S. Delegation in April 2014. The Forum, sponsored by UN Habitat brought together government officials, the private sector and civil society from around the world to discuss issues related to urbanization and cities.

The IHC was selected to present several exciting events that were very well attended and generated lively discussion.


IHC Publishes 2013 Annual Report

March 2014

The IHC 2013 Annual Report is now available online. The report covers the fiscal year October 2012 through September 2013 and highlights the organization’s successes for the year. The IHC elected three new board members and welcomed eight new members. We worked closely with USAID as it developed a new urban strategy, advocated for housing and urban development to be included in the post-2015 development agenda, and sponsored the 4th annual Urban Poverty Essay competition. Read the full report here.


IHC Sponsoring 5th Annual Urban Essay Competition

February 2014

The IHC is pleased to be sponsoring the 5th Annual Urban Poverty Essay Competition, in partnership with USAID, the World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center and Cities Alliance. Each year this competition calls on current masters and PhD students to submit papers on topics relating to urban poverty in the developing world. This year’s topics are: Cities and Climate Change, Urban Resiliency, Inclusive Cities, and Impacts of the Informal Economy.