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Combating Sex Trafficking by Eliminating the Demand

On May 12, in the inaugural event for a new collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Hunt Alternatives Fund on the demand dynamics of sex trafficking, Ambassador Swanee Hunt moderated a panel discussion, "Combating Sex Trafficking by Eliminating the Demand".

The Shelter, Land, and Urban Management (SLUM) Assistance Act, 2009

As the world urbanizes, much of the growth in urban areas is taking place in large, self-built districts. These informal settlements are global phenomena and present unique challenges to those working to address issues of poverty, access to basic amenities, and healthcare in the developing world, yet so far have been addressed only on the local level.

Day II - Immigration: Social and Cultural Capital

For the past year, the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) has been engaged in a study of the social and cultural capital represented by immigration and the scarce attention given to this capital in the receiver society. This issue is even more relevant at a time in which the uncertainties and sense of unease generated by the global economic crisis are fuelling the temptation throughout Europe to adopt new discriminatory policies and xenophobic positions vis-à-vis an immigrant population that is almost always seen as a mere unskilled workforce.

Immigration: Social and Cultural Capital

For the past year, the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) has been engaged in a study of the social and cultural capital represented by immigration and the scarce attention given to this capital in the receiver society. This issue is even more relevant at a time in which the uncertainties and sense of unease generated by the global economic crisis are fuelling the temptation throughout Europe to adopt new discriminatory policies and xenophobic positions vis-à-vis an immigrant population that is almost always seen as a mere unskilled workforce.

Tensions, Territory and Terror: Understanding Violence against Foreigners in South Africa

In May 2008, an outbreak of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa left 62 people dead, at least 670 wounded, dozens raped, more than 100,000 displaced, and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property looted, destroyed or appropriated by local residents.

Climate Prosperity: Democratic Capitalism with a Twist

On Wednesday, February 4, the Comparative Urban Studies Project hosted a panel discussion on "Climate Prosperity: Democratic Capitalism with a Twist".

Socio-Ecological Systems and Urban Environmental Transitions: Comparison between experiences of the Asia Pacific and the developed world

On Thursday, January 15, the Comparative Urban Studies Project hosted an event to discuss "Socio-Ecological Systems and Urban Environmental Transitions: Comparisons between experiences of the Asia Pacific and the developed world." Peter J.

World Urban Forum 4 & 5. From Nanjing to Rio de Janeiro: Bringing the Urban Agenda to the Development Community

In November 2008, close to 8,000 people attended the Fourth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Nanjing China to discuss the twin challenges of urbanization and globalization that are facing more than half of the world's population who now live in cities. On Wednesday, January 7, the Comparative Urban Studies Project hosted a discussion, "World Urban Forum 4 & 5. From Nanjing to Rio de Janeiro: Bringing the Urban Agenda to the Development Community." The seminar brought together a group of nonprofit, government and UN representatives who participated in WUF4.

Book Launch - Century of the City: No Time to Lose

A summary of this event will be posted shortly.

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