14th Federal Congress on National Urban Development Policy: 50 Years of the Urban Development Support Programme

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We are delighted that you have chosen to participate in our digital 14th Federal Congress on National Urban Development Policy.

Celebrating the anniversary “50 Years of the Urban Development Support Programme” is the perfect excuse to use the 14th Federal Congress as an opportunity for us all both to look back at the diverse achievements and developments of the funding programme and to look ahead to the wide-ranging challenges that await us in the future. The Federal Congress will also focus on the implementation of the New Leipzig Charter and how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our cities and municipalities.

Simultaneous interpreting will be provided in German and English for the conference and part of the arenas/sessions.

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Programme

03. May 2021

10:00 am
Welcome address from the Minister-President
Video messages from Armin Laschet, Minister-President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
Opening film: 50 years of the Urban Development Support Programme

10:10 am
Welcome

Moderation: Angela Elis, moderator
Anne Katrin Bohle, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

10:20 am
Speech: 50 years of the Urban Development Support Programme – Underpinning successful urban planning

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Housing and Urban Development (ret.)

10:55 am
Discussion: Using the right tool at the right time – Learning programme – Examples

Moderator Anja Heyde talks to municipal representatives
  • Thomas Beyer, Mayor of the city of Wismar
  • Manfred Eibl, Member of the Bavarian State Parliament, Mayor for many years and founder of the ILZER.LAND e. V. intermunicipal association, Perlesreut
  • Dr. Oliver Hermann, Mayor of the town of Wittenberge
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Krautzberger, Head of the Department of Construction and Urban Development at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing (ret.)
  • Thomas Kufen, Mayor of the city of Essen

11:35 am
Video: A virtual tour of the touring exhibition 50 years of the Urban Development Support Programme

11:40 am
Discussion partners: 50 years of the Urban Development Support Programme – Working together to create strong and vibrant cities and communities

Moderator Angela Elis talks to partners from the National Urban Development Policy
  • Anne Katrin Bohle, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
  • Burkhard Jung, President of the Association of German Cities (DST) and Mayor of the city of Leipzig
  • Ralph Spiegler, President of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) and Mayor of the Nieder-Olm community
  • Dr. Sabine Sütterlin-Waack, vice chairwoman of the Conference of German Building Ministers, Minister of the Interior, Rural Areas, Integration and Equality of Schleswig-Holstein

12:40 am
Break/marketplace

Marketplace with videos

1:20 pm
Panel discussion with members of the German Bundestag (MdB): 50 years of the Urban Development Support Programme – Urban development & policy

Moderator Anja Heyde talks to representatives of the parliamentary groups in the Bundestag who are involved in construction policy
  • Bernhard Daldrup, MdB, SPD
  • Daniel Föst, MdB, FDP
  • Udo Theodor Hemmelgarn, MdB, AfD
  • Daniela Wagner, MdB, Alliance 90/The Greens
  • Caren Lay, MdB, Die Linke
  • Kai Wegner, MdB, CDU/CSU

2:05 pm
Address by France

Nadia Hai, Minister Delegate for Urban Affairs, France

2:15 pm
Breakout areas running simultaneously on current issues relating to urban development

Arenas with 2 x 45 min. In between there is a small break of approx. 5 min. so that you can switch between the arenas. You can find more information about the arenas in the programme in the download.

Breakout arena I: Examples of multifunctional, resilient and co-operative development of city centres

Moderation: Gabriele Kautz, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Holger Pietschmann, Plan&Praxis along with the the German Association of Towns and Municipalities

Breakout arena II: Equitable neighbourhoods – future-proofing integration

Moderation: Timo Heyn, empirica ag – provider of research and consultancy services and Anne Keßler, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Breakout arena III: New urban districts on formerly used areas

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Heike Liebmann, Bundestransferstelle Wachstum und nachhaltige Erneuerung (Federal Contact Point for Growth and Sustainable Regeneration and Prof. (em.) Dr. Franz Pesch, pp a|s pesch partner architekten stadtplaner GmbH

Breakout arena IV: Smart city dialogue – data strategies for common good driven urban development

Moderation: Kathrin Bimesdörfer, IFOK GmbH

Breakout arena V: Implementing the New Leipzig Charter in Europe: From cohesion policy to the Urban Agenda for the EU (en)

Moderation: Mart Grisel, European Urban Knowledge Network and Tilman Buchholz, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

On November 30, 2020, the New Leipzig Charter was adopted at the Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Urban Development under the German EU Council Presidency. The New Leipzig Charter is considered the further development of the original Leipzig Charter of 2007 and responds to current and future challenges that European cities face. However, after the adoption is before the implementation. The Charter focuses on strengthening the capability of municipalities to act and lists a number of instruments for this purpose at both, the national and the European level. In the European break-out arena, we want to discuss how the EU Structural Funds can contribute to that and what the future of the Urban Agenda for the EU will look like. Poland and Spain will present what role national urban development policies can play in implementing the goals and principles of the New Leipzig Charter.

Breakout arena VI: Could you please translate ‘Städtebauförderung’ for me?” – Experiences from abroad (en)

Moderation: Dr. Oliver Weigel, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Dr. Bettina Silbernagl, German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ)

In Germany, the so-called ‘Städtebauförderung’ has been in place already since 1971. The goal was and remains to enable cities to fulfil their responsibilities with the support of a federal funding instrument. It has changed over time to address new challenges, but its relevance for urban development in Germany remains high. Other countries’ urban development support programmes may look different, yet ultimately they aim to address similar concerns. Together with representatives from Germany’s ‘Städtebauförderung’, partners from countries as diverse as Brazil or India will share their experiences with applying such funding instrument in their respective contexts. Thus, the exchange serves to encourage peer learning and exchange, whilst emphasising the importance of such programmes also internationally.

3:50 pm
Summary of day 1 of the Congress and looking ahead to day 2

Moderator Angela Elis talks to Erwin Schwärzer, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

16:00 pm
End of day 1 of the Congress

5:30 pm
Spotlight on: “Preis Soziale Stadt” (Social City Prize) 2000–2019

Moderation: Dr. Oliver Gewand, GdW, Dr. Frank Jost, vhw and Nicole Graf, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

4. May 2021

10:00 am
Introduction to day 2 of the Congress

Moderator Angela Elis talks to Erwin Schwärzer, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Henriette Reker, Mayor of the city of Cologne

10:05 am
Welcome address by the city of Cologne

Henriette Reker, Mayor of the city of Cologne

10:15 am
Welcome address by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

Ina Scharrenbach, Minister for Regional Identity, Communities and Local Government, Building and Gender Equality in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

10:30 am
Keynote: Future 4.1 – Why we only save the world digitally or not at all

Jörg Heynkes, futurologist

10:50 am
Adoption of memorandum “Urban resilience – how to build robust, adaptive and future-proof cities”

Keynote speech by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Kurth, TU Kaiserslautern, Chair of the Expert Advisory Board

followed by

Moderator Anja Heyde talks to:

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Kurth, TU Kaiserslautern, TU Kaiserslautern, Chair of the Expert Advisory Board
  • Nina Köksalan, Head of the National Focal Point for the Sendai Framework at the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, member of the Expert Advisory Board
  • Dr. Oliver Weigel, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Comment: Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Member of the Board of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

11:25 am
Video on urban development in Cologne

11:35 am
Discussion partners: Urban development for resilient cities

Moderator Anja Heyde talks to partners from the National Urban Development Policy
  • Nicole Graf, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Kurth, TU Kaiserslautern, Chair of the Expert Advisory Board
  • Hilmar von Lojewski, councillor, Association of German Cities
  • Sabine Nakelski, Chair of the Special Committee on Urban Development for the Conference of Construction Ministers of the States
  • Norbert Portz, councillor, German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB)

12:25 am
Cooperative City competition: Announcement of results (prize winners)

Moderator Angela Elis talks to Dr. Oliver Weigel, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Astrid Messer, Ministry for Regional Identity, Communities and Local Government, Building and Gender Equality of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, Jury Member
Presentation of objectives, award and prize winners, with three projector and video recordings/statements

1:05 pm
Break/marketplace

Marketplace with Videos

1:45 pm
Parallel sessions on current issues relating to urban development and design.
You can find more information about the sessions in the programme in the download.

SESSION 1 / BMI: Expert Advisory Board memorandum:

Case studies of innovative strategies for resilience

SESSION 2 / BMI/GIZ GmbH/United Nations (UN-Habitat):

The New Urban Agenda five years on: where do we stand & what’s next? (en)

SESSION 3 / BMI:

“Culture and cultural heritage in the European Urban Agenda – how the action plan is stimulating ways to handle the architectural heritage in Europe”

SESSION 4 / City of Cologne, Urban Development:

“Building cities, nurturing neighbourhoods”
Start at 02:40 pm

SESSION 5 / BBSR:

COOPERATIVE CITY: Federal prize for cooperative urban development: Prize winners – tools – practical tips

SESSION 6 / BMI/BBSR:

The future of the town

SESSION 7 / BMI/BBSR:

Green Urban Labs – Strategies and approaches for developing communal green spaces

SESSION 8 / BMI:

Digital communal spaces – the fourth dimension to urban development!? (Stream)

SESSION 9 / BMI/BBSR/Urbane Liga:

“Visions of the co-produced city of the future!”

SESSION 10 / BMI:

: National urban development projects

SESSION 11 / BBSR:

: The post-COVID city: Insights into the pilot projects of the National Urban Develop-ment Policy

SESSION 12 / TU Berlin/TU Dortmund:

The city after the pandemic? Perspectives from theory, research and practice on the theme of a post-pandemic city
Start at 02:40 pm

SESSION 13 / SRL e. V.:

“Social and climate neutral? Conflicting goals and integrated approaches in urban development”

SESSION 14 / City of Leipzig, Office of Residential Construction and Urban Renewal:

Netzwerk Leipziger Freiheit (Leipzig Freedom Network) – cooperative and affordable construction and housing:

SESSION 15 / Positions of Netzwerk Immovielien and wohnbund:

“Democratically shaping land, building and housing”.

SESSION 16 / URBACT:

“URBACT and the New Leipzig Charter in municipal practice” (de, plus de/en transla-tion):

SESSION 17 / German Association (DV)/Stadt als Campus (The city as a campus):

“Gemeinsam für das Quartier (Together for the district)” initiative

SESSION 18 / Vhw

The Stadtmacher Akademie (City Creator Academy) of vhw – Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung e. V.:

SESSION 19 / Stadtentwickler.Bundesverband e. V.:

„Inter-municipal cooperations between small and medium-sized towns: What is in-volved in turning municipalities into partners?”

SESSION 20 / Live Musik Kommission e. V.:

Post-Corona and a culturally integrated urban development

SESSION 21 / Cooperation Network “Equity in Health”:

“How resilient is neighbourhood-based health promotion in a crisis?”

3:30 pm
Looking ahead: How can we continue working together on National Urban Development Policy and urban development?

Moderator Angela Elis talks to Erwin Schwärzer, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community


4:00 pm
End of the Congress programme

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