In 2016, during the United Nations conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development Habitat III in Quito, the members states adopted the New Urban Agenda and the Quito Declaration on Cities and Human Settlements for All. These agreements recognized the need of a shared vision to work towards sustainable urban and territorial development. The presentation gives an account of the state of the art of urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean: progress, setbacks, omissions, and challenges of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals in the region.
Paola is an architect and urban planner with more than 20 years of professional and research experience in urban development in Latin America, Africa and Asia (PhD in Urban Policy, The New School-Columbia University, New York; Master’s in Urban Planning, IUAV, Venice; Bachelor’s in Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Valparaiso).
She has worked in more than eleven countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, assessing urban policies, designing, coordinating and evaluating housing, slum-upgrading and urban land management programs. She has worked as an International Consultant (IICA-UNOPS), UN-HABITAT Project Officer, or as Studies Coordinator (Minvu, Fosis) for the following institutions: United Nations (ECLAC, UN-HABITAT), international cooperation (GIZ, AusAid); local authorities (Quito, Salvador de Bahia, El Alto, Arica, Santiago, Kigali, Kampala, Bangkok, Dhaka, Nairobi); third sector organizations (HFHI, Fundación Pichincha, Fundación Helder Camera). She has also worked on applied research for the following universities: The New School, PUCH, Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Guayaquil, Universidad Federal de Salvador de Bahía, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia.
She currently lives in Santiago de Chile and works as an international consultant ECLAC-DDSAH on urban policies and on cities and climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean