The Observatory on Latin America (OLA) at The New School, a university in New York, and the online news site Citiscope have launched a partnership to broaden the debate and dialogue throughout Latin America about urban challenges and innovation – and specifically, over the next few months, to focus on the United Nations’ upcoming Habitat III conference on the future of 21st-century cities.
Citiscope, which offers extensive coverage of the worldwide debates leading up to Habitat III and broader coverage of urban innovation around the world, will work together with the OLA, which has long worked on urban issues in Latin America. Key news stories and commentaries will be selected for translation into Spanish, which will be managed by the OLA staff. OLA will distribute the articles widely through dispatches to its extensive Latin American network via a biweekly email newsletter and social media outreach.
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New School leaders Michael Cohen and Margarita Gutman note that “OLA is pleased to be collaborating with Citiscope, a well-known online publication about urban innovation that is now the leading media source reporting on the preparation and outcomes of the UN Habitat III conference in Quito this October. The collaboration builds on OLA’s regional audience and network of academic and civil society institutions.”
Citiscope, notes its editor-in-chief Neal Peirce, views the partnership with OLA as a “significant first step toward broadening Citiscope’s audiences in the Spanish-speaking world.” He notes that Citiscope’s long-term goal is “outreach to an increasing range of cultures and languages worldwide in the interest of heightened city-to-city learning across geographic and language barriers.”
For background on Habitat III and the current process, read the following coverage from Citiscope: