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Generic Terms of Reference for the Preparation of Sub-regional Seminars -Workshops in Latin America and the Caribbean

Ibero-American and Caribbean Forum on Best Practices.
Human Settlements for a More Sustainable Future

United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat)


These TOR will be effective during the preparation, realization and immediate follow-up of each sub-regional meeting.


On 7 February 1996, during the third Preparatory Meeting for Habitat II, the Government of Spain expressed interest in backing the Best Practices Initiative by supporting the costs of developing a Spanish-language version of the data-base. This initial interest developed into an official agreement signed in April 1996, by the former Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Environment (MOPTMA) (now Ministry of Development), the Spanish Agency for International Co-operation (AECI), and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNCHS or Habitat).

During a meeting held in Madrid in May 1996, the Ministry of Development offered the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) the following:

A first preparatory meeting for the establishment of an Ibero-American and Caribbean Forum on Best Practices was held 19 - 20 May 1997 at IBAM's headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Forum aims at contributing to the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, through increasing civil society's influence and participation in the development of sustainable human settlements development policies.


To enable the objectives of the Forum, an Interim Secretariat and Sub-regional nodes were identified and established. The sub-regional nodes will promote and organise concrete activities such as seminars or workshops dedicated to communication and dissemination, analysis, transfers and monitoring of best practices.

Sub-regional meeting were tentatively scheduled as follows:

July'97 Jamaica Non-Spanish speaking Caribbean countries
August'97 Colombia The Andino Group
September'97 Mexico Mexico and Central America & Spanish speaking Caribbean countries
October'97 Brazil Brazil
October'97 Argentina Cono Sur

Guiding Principle

Build-on existing activities on a cost-sharing basis.


The generic objectives of these sub-regional seminars / workshops are to:
These seminars / workshops will also serve to sensitise the participants, including decision-makers at all levels, to the programme and procedures of the Best Practices and Local Leadership Programme and to stimulate the mobilisation of resources in support of new initiatives addressing critical needs in specific areas.


Outputs of these seminars should include:

  1. Report of the Seminar and executive summary;

  2. Elaboration of national or sub-regional work programmes or action plans for:
    1. Production of case-books;
    2. Elaboration of tools, methods and guidelines for the transfer of best practices;
    3. Strengthening the roles and responsibilities for participating organisations/institutions to apply and disseminate the above;
    4. Fundraising strategy;
    5. Media strategy, dissemination and awareness-building.


Specific activities to be undertaken by the organisers of the sub-regional seminars / workshops should include, inter alia:

Identification of clients and their needs

  1. Identification of participants to the seminar / workshop. Organisations should be invited to the seminar / workshop based on clear/proven capacity in one or more of the following areas:
    1. existing activities related to best practices;
    2. strong networking capacity;
    3. training / capacity-building;
    4. research / analysis;
    5. associations of key actors;
    6. leading NGOs in the field related to the seminar/workshop.

  2. Preparing profiles of each participant to identify:
    1. areas of expertise;
    2. networking capacity;
    3. activities related to best practices.

  3. Selecting one or two priorities which could form the basis for a case-book.

  4. Identifying potential best practices to be discussed/presented at the meeting.

  5. Identifying existing transfer activities and/or best practice
    potential demanders for expertise and experience.

Applying for co-financing

Prepare and submit a detailed budget including provisions for logistical support for the meeting clearly stating costs which are met by the organising institution.
Prepare and submit an agenda and draft working documents for the meeting.

Submitting final report

Produce Work Programme and Report of the meeting to be forwarded to the Interim Secretariat before 24 October 1997, in preparation for the "Evaluation Meeting" of the Interim Secretariat and sub-regional nodes, scheduled for November, 1997. This report should include:

Meeting Organisers' Inputs

Interim-Secretariat's Inputs

UNCHS (Nairobi) Inputs

Suggested meeting dates

28 Jul. - 1 Aug.'97 Jamaica Non-spanish speaking Caribbean countries
18-22 Aug.'97 Colombia The Andino Group
8-12 Sept.'97 Mexico Mexico, Central America, Spanish Caribbean countries
29 Sept.-3 Oct.'97 Brasil Brasil
13-17 Oct.'97 Argentina Cono Sur

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