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Side-event: “Local Governments’ Social Spending: Urban Justice & Equity” (Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Local Finances)

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016

The Government of Mexico City, through its Secretariat for Social Development and the General Coordination for International Affairs, convenes the “Local Governments’ Social Spending: Justice & Urban Equity” meeting on local finances and the Right to the City, on Tuesday, 8th March, at 9am at the “Sala de Banderas” of the Tlatelolco University Cultural Centre.

This meeting has been co-organized along with the Committee’s Executive Secretariat and with the Committee on Local Finances’ support, and will be held as side-event of the Habitat III Thematic Conference “Financing Urban Development: the millennium challenge”, which will take place in Mexico City, March 9-11.

The event’s main objective is to strengthen the key messages for the Right to City in the Habitat III process, especially on the dimension of local finances. It also intends to raise proposals that enhance public resources and wastes for local government to invest in  Human Rights and the Right to the City. 

To this end, the event will be performed as a roundtable with two panels, aiming at encouraging the debates between speakers and attendants. The first panel is entitled “Public Spending and Right to the City” and intends to identify how land regulation and taxation may enable its public control in order to offset speculative processes. The second panel, entitled “Social Spending and Participatory Democracy”, aims to raise fiscal transparency and participatory democracy practices and mechanisms (participatory budgeting) that contribute to build cities oriented to the common good.


  • Ing. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas: Mexico City’s General Coordinator of International Affairs
  • Dr. Martha Laura Almaraz Domínguez: Mexico City Government’s Under-Secretary for Citizen Participation
  • Josep Roig, Secretary General of UCLG
  • Dr. Patricia Ramirez Kuri, Urban and Regional Studies department of the UNAM’s Institute of Social Research,
  • Jordi Borja Sebastià: Urban geographer, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), President of Observatorio DESC (Observatory of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Barcelona)
  • Dr. Mariana Fix, University of Campinas (Brazil)
  • Dr. Manuel Canto Chac: political scientist, Chair of the UAM-Xovhimilco Area of Political Research and Public Management
  • René Darbois: Metz (France) Deputy Mayor for Water, Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Bachir Kanouté: ENDA-ECOPOP, President of the African Participatory Budgeting Network
  • Turd-Od Lkhagvajav, Transparency International Mongolia
  • Nathalie Le Denmat, coordinator of the UCLG Committee on Local Finances
  • Dr. Alicia Ziccardi Contigiani, economist, Directress of the University Program on City Studies.

The first panel will be moderated by MSc Tanit Carolina Borja Martínez, professor and researcher at UNAM Faculty of Political and Social Sciences (main research topic: local governments and proximity government), the second one being moderated by Magali Fricaudet, Coordinator of the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights.


Venue & timetable


Compulsory registration form here

Mexico City, Mexico