United Nations
Environment Programme

Technology for Resilient Cities

Global Dialogue - Think Globally Act Locally

Background

By 2050, the world urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends. As the population, economic activities, social and cultural interactions, as well as climate change impacts on environment, are increasingly concentrated in cities.  The environmental, economic and social resilience is decreasing.

There were many milestone set in the course of the year 2015-2016, by the international agreements. In particular, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the Paris Agreement adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030, the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014–2024, the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway, the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020 and the New Urban Agenda agreed during Habitat III in 2016.

Most of these milestones will help to reduce the vulnerability for urban populations against disasters through adaptation and mitigation. The governments at national and local level are formulating and implementing policies to support these efforts. The civil society, including private sector and academia are realigning their businesses and researches to support adaptation and mitigation. The urban environmental services including waste and wastewater management is a cornerstone for disaster adaptation and mitigation.

One of the key aspects for strengthening the urban resilience is Technology. The urban environmental services play a very important role for urban resilience. On the one hand the continuity of the services during any disaster is vital to provide humanitarian support and also post disaster rebuilding. On the other hand, the efficient and effective waste and waste wastewater management can considerably reduce the risk and impact of disasters.

This global dialogue will discuss various aspects of promoting technology for resilient cities; including legislative framework, financing and trade, technology transfer and capacity building, and role of civil society including private sector and academia.

 

Objectives

This global dialogue aims to cover the following agenda to achieve objectives for promoting technologies for resilient cities:

1. Key challenges and opportunities for technology for resilient cities

2. Enabling environment (legislative framework, financing and trade, technology transfer and capacity building, and role of civil society including private sector)

3. Role of international cooperation

4. Action Points for various stakeholders (international community, national and local governments and civil society including private sector)

 

Participants

1. Key experts on various aspects of technology and enabling environment for technology transfer and implementation

2. Governments (national and local)

3. Private sector including technology providers, implementers, financiers, etc.

4. Academia, non-governmental organizations, not for profit organizations, community groups, etc.

Event Date: 
Monday, February 13, 2017 to Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Event Venue: 
Osaka, Japan