**EVENT CANCELLED**: Unfortunately this event has been canceled because the guest speaker had to cancel her trip to Washington at the last minute.
The OpenGov Hub is pleased to present a brown bag lunch (BBL) discussion on innovation, technology and participation in municipal and city management, with visitor Diana Lopez Caramazana - head of the Local Government and Decentralization unit at UN Habitat. UN Habitat is the United Nations Human Settlement Programme that studies human settlement patterns, and develops methods for controlled settlement with the preservation of the environment in mind.
Diana will present on three exciting areas of work:
1 - Innovation in municipal management - they have developed the Uraia Platform which support cities to use SMART technologies for improve municipal income, energy savings, efficient and accountable management of municipal resources and better public services.
2 - Governing with the Citizen: Transparent and Accountable Local Governments for Sustainable Cities - UN Habitat is in the early stage of this global project, together with Transparency International and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces. It will possibly have a regional emphasis on Latin America, and promoting transparency and open government to fight corruption in urban development.
3 - Working with Local Government Represents in Implementing UN Agenda 2030/the SDGs - They are developing a toolkit for the localization of the SDGs, as UN-Habitat has the mandate over local authorities through its United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), which is also coordinated by Diana's office.
About the Presenter
Diana López Caramazana leads the Local Government and Decentralization Unit at UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi, promoting the work of the organisation in the fields of urban governance, transparency, sustainability and innovation in public administration. She has been dedicated to issues related to local governance and the role of local governments in international development since 1997 when she entered the UN System as information manager at the International Labour Organisation – ILO, providing expertise on local economic development for local government in Latin America. In 2003 she was detached by the ILO to the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, contributing to build tools for economic internationalisation within the Italian regional governments. In 2006 she moved to UN-HABITAT.