The Forum’s Goals and Missions
We live in an urban world. Over 50% of the world’s population lives in cities and even more depend on them for services. In recent decades, metropolitan centers have become the primary arena for economic, social and cultural development, creating opportunities and bringing about social change. These developments have made municipalities central players in shaping the reality in which we live.
Forum 15’s goal is to lay the groundwork to enable Israel’s major cities to become high-quality, advanced cities: possessing quality public spaces; lively, vibrant urban streets; excellent social and community services; an efficient, diverse, convenient and rapid transit system; a high standard of education; housing possibilities; leisure and entertainment facilities; diverse populations, communities and cultures; innovation and renewal capabilities; a healthful, high-quality environment; and more.
The following steps are essential to realizing this vision:
1. Providing municipalities with the necessary advanced management tools essential for dealing with the challenges involved in managing a
modern city and metropolitan area, including: decentralizing government and broadening the municipalities' administrative authority; streamlining decision-making processes, developing new income and financing opportunities, encouraging urban initiatives and creation of frameworks for cooperation between municipalities, reinforcing urban services (education, social services, welfare, health, leisure etc.), creating opportunities for development, innovation, etc.
2. Development of infrastructure and encouragement of high-quality urban planning which meet the needs of the city in the present time. Urban infrastructure must be improved and developed and planning processes must be accelerated in order to bring about the necessary qualitative leap in transport systems, roads and sidewalks, public spaces, living opportunities, employment, commerce and leisure, technology, urban design, etc.
3. Social and community empowerment is necessary for a city to be a good and desirable place to live in. This requires, investment in education, health, welfare, culture, sport and leisure, childcare, frameworks for youth and elders, strengthening the local economy, improvement of municipal services, facilitating access to knowledge and information and encouraging the involvement of residents in urban decision-making processes.