Circular Economy in Cities (Networking Event)
9 February 2018, 0900-1100, One UN Room
Sustainable Neighborhood Labs (Side Event)
9 February 2018, 1400-1500, One UN Room
Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Transitions (Training Event)
10 February 2018, 1100-1400, Room 407
In cooperation with the International Resource Panel, UN Environment held a training event entitled “Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Transitions and the New Urban Agenda” which was a platform for launching the summary for policy makers of two reports, namely “The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements of Future Urbanization” (from the International Resource Panel) and the “Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Transitions in the ASEAN Region: a Resource Perspective.” These reports will formed the basis of the training.
Ms. Martina Otto, Head of the Cities Unit at UN Environment, introduced the session that was divided into three blocks.
- The first block was a discussion presenting the findings of the global report “The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements of Future Urbanization.” This report highlights the urgency of considering resources as a central policy concern and how to move towards a new approach for 21st century urbanization. The report was presented by Ms. Anu RAMASWAMI, Professor, University of Minnesota and the Sustainable Healthy Cities Network (a GI-REC partner) and Mr. Serge SALAT, Urban Morphology and Complex Systems Institute.This was followed by reactions from three city-level discussants:
– Mr. Oswar MUNGKASA, Deputy Governor for Spatial Planning and Environment, Jakarta, Indonesia
– Ms. Sally LEE, Mayor, Sorsogon City, Philippines
– Mr. LIM Teng Leng, Deputy Director, Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore
The highlights of the discussion were on the need for partnerships with academic institutions. In addition, Mr. Mungkasa underscored the need for help in implementing the recommendations (in terms of governance and financing, which were tackled in the last block).
- The second block consisted of a presentation of the regional report entitled “Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Transitions in the ASEAN Region: a Resource Perspective.” This report contextualizes the general recommendations that emerged from the global report (the “Weight of Cities” report) to explore strategic opportunitites for resource efficient and inclusive urbanization in the ASEAN region.The discussants who participated in the discussion were:
– Mr. Arab HOBALLAH, Team leader, SwitchAsia
– Mr. Emani KUMAR, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI, and Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia
The reactions from the discussants regarding the five pathways (from different sectors) were seen as very positive, as often the recommendations are very sector focused. The topic of integrating behavior, as well as governance and financing once again, were recommended to be considered as future avenues for research.
Localizing the Third Transformative Commitment of the New Urban Agenda
11 February 2018, 0900-1700, Impiana KLCC Hotel
Upcoming GI-REC Events
- UN Environment Events at the World Urban Forum featuring GI-REC12 March 2018 - 14:23
- Two publications launched at the World Urban Forum8 February 2018 - 15:16
- UN Environment Events at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia7 February 2018 - 13:40
- GI-REC explains Urban Metabolism11 September 2017 - 09:29
- Publication uploaded: Urban Metabolism for Resource-Efficient Cities: from Theory to Implementation11 September 2017 - 08:17