Citizens From Over 125 Countries Register to Participate Online

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Habitat JAM is bringing the world together for an unprecedented global event Dec 1-3, 2005.

With less than three weeks left until Habitat JAM -- the unprecedented online global dialogue on urban sustainability -- people from over 125 countries have already signed on to participate, bringing Habitat JAM one step closer to its goal of being a truly inclusive and democratic, global discussion.

The registrants come from all continents and come from as far from Canada as Antarctica, the Solomon Islands and Cape Verde. Registrants are also signing-on from war-torn countries that have a limited opportunity for direct dialogue on particular issues, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Registrants from countries that have been hit the hardest by natural disasters this year, such as Indonesia and Pakistan, want a chance to talk about issues that affect their cities. While registrants include students, NGOs and urban planners, the majority are regular people wanting to share their ideas.

In fact, for 72 hours from 1-3 December 2005, people from all over the world will have an opportunity to participate in this event, despite differences in nationality, race, religion, politics, economics, culture, and social class.

According to Charles Kelly, Commissioner General, World Urban Forum 3, Government of Canada, “The Habitat JAM is a true democratic event which enables people to contribute their ideas and opinions in order to extract concrete solutions to the urgent and controversial issues facing our rapidly urbanizing planet. The fact that so many people from such diverse cultures and backgrounds have already registered demonstrates the need for an event of this kind.”

Topics for discussion will include improving the lives of people living in slums, access to water, environmental sustainability, safety and security, finance and governance, and the future of our cities.

Sponsored by the Government of Canada, in partnership with UN-HABITAT and IBM, the Habitat JAM promises to engage, empower, and stimulate tens of thousands of global citizens, rich and less fortunate alike, with the ultimate goal of turning ideas into action on critical issues related to urban sustainability.

For additional information on Habitat JAM and to register for the event, visit http://www.habitatjam.com.

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