Public symposium on sustainable urban development: challenges and issues in developing countries
The aim of this symposium is to hold a public discussion of issues in sustainable urban development and the role that Japan could play in fostering a global transition towards more sustainable cities. The symposium could also provide intellectual input to the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
By 2050, the world population is expected to increase to a total of 9 billion, while the population living in urban areas is projected to grow by 2.9 billion, to a total of 6.3 billion. It is inevitable that this rapid increase of urban population will bring enormous economic, social and environmental pressures, resulting in a need for governments to take urgent measures.
Against this backdrop, the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) is refocusing its work towards sustainable urban development. The UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) is also taking an active role in the sustainable urban development dialogue.
Sustainable urbanization will be one of the principal sub-themes dealt with at Rio+20, as many experts deem that it is in cities where the battle for sustainable development will be won or lost. The debate will not only contribute to Rio+20, but also discuss how cities and their partners can successfully implement the outcomes of the conference.
Registration is for this event is free and open to the public. Please see the symposium page on the UNU-IAS website for more information, including a programme of the event.