Seminarium om den nya urbana agendan.

Foto: UN-Habitat/Julius Mwelu

Development talks

The new urban agenda

Uppdaterad: 27 april 2016

When: Thursday, 19 May 2016
Time:10.00 – 12.30 (Registration and coffee from 09:30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Hörsalen)

In 2030, six out of ten people are expected to be living in cities, compared to one out of ten just 100 years ago. The world's cities are rapidly turning into hubs of innovation, employment and wealth. But our growing cities are also the places where poverty increases the fastest, accompanied by environmental problems, inequality, crime and poor health.

Achieving sustainable cities and communities is one of the seventeen Global Goals, to be reached by 2030. By that year, the majority of the world’s poor people are expected to live in urban areas, many of them in slums and informal settlements. How can this development take place, while assuring a decent life for all? And how should these cities be designed and managed?

The UN is hosting the third Habitat conference in October this year. Habitat III is the UN’s official process to revive the political commitment to the sustainable development of towns, cities and other settlements, both rural and urban. The New Urban Agenda will be the product of that road map, which will set a new global action-oriented strategy for the next two decades.

Welcome to a Development Talks where we’ll discuss the main challenges for a sustainable urban development, present the current major trends, the Swedish engagement and partners’ experiences as well as concrete ways for contributing strategically to this New Urban Agenda.

The event is free of charge.


Moderator: David Nilsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology


09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome and Introduction
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General, Sida

10:10 Urbanisation - a view from Kenya
How are local development agendas being prioritised and how are local stakeholders responding to both challenges and opportunities of urbanisation.
George Wasonga, ‎Chief Executive Officer, Civil Society Urban Development Programme, Kenya

10:30 Why work with cities?
Presentation of the key elements of sustainable cities and the areas to which development interventions need to be directed in order to have the most effective impact, especially for the urban poor.
Clare Short, Chair of the Management Board, Cities Alliance

10:50 Towards a new sustainable urban agenda
Why does the UN see sustainable urban development as a key global development issue, what does the Habitat III process intend to achieve in this regard and how can Sweden contribute to the process? Thomas Melin, Senior Advisor, UN-Habitat 

11:20 Coffee break

11:40 Panel discussion including questions
Sustainable urban development is complex, multi-level, multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary. Contributing to Habitat III and the formulation of the New Urban Agenda, will help the implementation of the Global Goals.
Ilmar Reepalu, Municipal Councillor, City of Malmö and President for the International Committee, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL)
Lin O’Grady, Deputy Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Kerstin Jonsson Cissé, Head of Global Economy and Environment, Sida
Mikael Cullberg, Director of the Gothenburg Platform, Mistra Urban Futures
George Wasonga, Chief Executive Officer, Civil Society Urban Development Programme, Kenya 

12:30 End


12:45-14:30 Meeting and presentation of the Swedish National Platform for Sustainable Urban Development
Participants from the morning seminar are welcome to join. If you want to stay on for this meeting, please contact Lunch sandwiches will be served and a more detailed agenda communicated.
Facilitators: Global Utmaning and Sida

Sidansvarig: Sidas kommunikationsenhet

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