NEWS

News on opportunities, that helped to deliver a meaningful contribution and drive positive change towards a more sustainable and healthy urban future for all people:

 

2019

Urban Synergies Group makes the News in Germany – Land der Ideen.
We are organising with several partners from civil society, businesses and academia an Urban Talks event in a regional city
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2018

CURF Seminar Series
Keen to learn how Urban Health is connected to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Come and attend this
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Implementing the New Urban Agenda in the NSW context with Compass Housing Australia
Our Founder and Director Greg Mews will take part in a high level conference held in Sydney on the 4th
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Urban Talks event
Urban Talks event – 29th May 2018 5.30 pm -7.30 pm in Canberra, Australia. We are thrilled to announce that
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Urban Thinkers Campus – Urban Health and Liveability in tropical Australia
Urban Synergies Group (USG) will be part to this World Urban Campaign event in Cairns on the 8th June 2018
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Shaping Healthy Cities for and with Children
Live the change you want to see in the world! We just published our report in relation to the involvement
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Making Space Initiative presents the theme „Socialise“
Come and learn about „Socialise“ Making space initiate lead by the Suzanne Orr, MLA, in Canberra, Australia. Our Founder and
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Activating the Urban Commons: How do we make Canberra a sharing city?
Together with our partners the Green Institute, SEE- Change and the Frank Fenner Foundation we are hosting a book launch
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2017

Meet us at EcoMobility Congress & World Festival in Kaohsiung 2017

Save the date and attend the 3rd EcoMobility Congress in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei between 2- 4 October 2017! Imagine a better world - a world without cars and experience this first hand. Urban Synergies Group will present and share some of their recent findings and experience with the worldwide EcoMobility community.

https://ecomobility.org/event/ecomobility-congress-2017/

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Free online webcast on road safety, active mobility and health

Interested in learning more about the links between road safety, active mobility and health? Access here our free webcast as part of our knowledge transfer in collaboration with GIZ Sustainable Urban Transport Program (SUTP) and World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Urban Thinkers Voices Part II

Zoom in and listen what our Founding Director Gregor Mews has to say in relation to children and the city we need. This video has been recorded as part of the World Urban Campaign's Urban Thinkers voices initiative at the 26th Governing Council Meeting of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, May 2017.

 

 

 

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Collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong on child friendliness and public spaces

A meeting with the lead of an international journal for public space and some good colleagues of us in Hong Kong, led to the concept to do a joined project in Hong Kong to transform some public spaces into sustainable play spaces for all generations.

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GIZ, WHO road safety, health and mobility webinar

On the 23 May 2017 we were part of the global webinar with the German government (GIZ) and the WHO Asia Pacific showcasing our capability to a world wide audience.

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26th UN-Habitat Governing Council meeting side events 

We presented at the UN Council meeting side event our findings of “Shaping spaces for Gen Z”. Sadly the session was not recorded but under the following link you can access some of the images of the session. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldurbancampaign/albums/72157680466169163

Also in collaborated with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Government of Norway, Government of Ghana and UN-Habitat in the delivery of a second side event entitled: Urban and Territorial Planning Towards a Healthy Environment on the 8 May 2017. We showcased how planning is key to producing positive health outcomes in urban areas and how the IG-UTP can contribute to this purpose.

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UN-Habitat advocacy

Based on our proactive inputs we were invited to be on a high level assessment panel- investigating and evaluating the effectiveness of UN-Habitat. We had the chance to speak during the hearings with assessor panel advocating for the strengthening of the WUC.

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World Urban Campaign and our Urban Thinkers Campus

During the week in Nairobi, we took on a lead role in the World Urban Campaign (WUC) steering committee. Over the period of three days we workshopped the way forward and reported back to the committee the “Shaping Spaces for Gen Z” outcomes and collaborative achievements with the University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute.

Access photos of the event here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldurbancampaign/sets/72157680367514623

Our Urban Thinker Campus report can be downloaded here: 

http://www.worldurbancampaign.org/utc-report-shaping-spaces-genz (online report)

http://www.worldurbancampaign.org:8008/sites/default/files/ss4genz-report_web.pdf (publication)

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SAP

Earlier this year we collaborated with SAP Institute for Digital Government in Australia developing a discussion paper on cities. The report can be accessed here: http://assets.dm.ux.sap.com/digitalhub/SAP_Institute_Digital_Government/pdfs/intelligent-communities-paper.pdf 

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2016

Smart cities in the New Urban Agenda

Gregor Mews will represent USG as a participating organisation at the “Smart cities in the New Urban Agenda” side event of the Habitat 3 conference in Quito, Ecuador, on 19 October 2016, 12.30- 1.30 pm in Room MR10, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion”.

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UN Habitat III Consultation

USG contributed to the UN Habitat III Consultation as part of on the stream “How do we build inclusive, sustainable and accessible urban spaces that reflect and encompass the diversity and needs of all inhabitants?”

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Play, Creativity and Culture Symposium Talk

Gregor Mews on behalf of Urban Synergies Group talks on Play, Urban Design and Well-being at the Play, Creativity and Culture Symposium, 10 November 2016.

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Welcome

Urban Synergies Group would like to welcome Dr. Andrew MacKenzie as a Devotee to the team, 23 April 2016.

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Welcome

Urban Synergies Group welcomes two new Devotees to the team Dr. Manfredo Manfredini and Aline Peres dos Santos; both bring new valuable perspectives to the interdisciplinary group and we all look forward to shape healthy communities worldwide with them, 16th November 2016.

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Welcome

Urban Synergies Group welcomes two new members as Devotees. Prof. Rachel Davey and Dr. Milica Muminović joining the team from 27 April 2016.

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World Urban Campaign Partnership

As of the 23 November 2016 Urban Synergies Group is now an Associate Partner of the World Urban Campaign

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Welcome

Urban Synergies Group welcomes a new member in the role of a Devotee Ms. Beth Mitchell, 1 June 2016.

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Urban Talk grassroots event

Urban Talk grassroots event in Canberra on 29th November 2016 Reflections on the New Urban Agenda- Gregor Mews reports back from Habitat 3, Smith Alternative , 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

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Ideas Hatchery event

Ideas Hatchery event: USG hosts on the 3rd June 2016 the first Ideas Hatchery event in Canberra under the theme of “Right to the City”.

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2015

Reclaiming play spaces

Two day seminar “Reclaiming play spaces” on behalf of SIK-Holz, Hamburg, 16 – 17 September 2015

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Play grounds for the visually impaired

Workshop with the University of Construction in Hanoi on play grounds for visually impaired school children, 5 December, Vietnam, 2015.

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A better urban future

Urban Synergies Group is endorsing the Johannesburg Declaration on Ecomobility in Cities as an important cornerstone in achieving a better urban future for all.

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2014

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2013