The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) will host the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Launch of World Cities Report (WCR) 2016 with the theme “Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures.”   The event will take place in the main auditorium of FUTA at 10.00a.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016.
The World Cities Report would be launched by Professor Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Director, Regional Office for Africa, UN-Habitat, under the Chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, FUTA, Professor, Adebiyi Daramola, fnaae.
The launch is aimed at taking stock of urban development over the last two decades (since the Habitat II Conference in 1996) with a view to formulating an urban agenda for 21st century.  This “New Urban Agenda” that will be decided upon during the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador in October, 2016 should integrate the notion of urban prosperity with the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability in order to create vibrant and sustainable cities that can meet the demands and challenges of the 21st Century.
The launch in FUTA is in tandem with its determined effort to contribute to generation of ideas for development as a key player in the global academic sector.