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GPEIG Roundtable: Role of Planners in International Development Organizations’ Efforts to Make Cities Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) adopted the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador in 2016. The New Agenda presents a shared global vision in line with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, especially Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. This year, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, will launch the New Urban Agenda online platform, a global repository of information on progress on the New Urban Agenda and the urban-related SDG. It will also hold its first global stakeholder's forum in Nairobi, Kenya, for facilitating a dialogue on fostering innovation to create inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. The United Nations' vision of creating such cities place planners in the position of helping global initiatives, previously the onus of international aid agencies and national governments. Hence, the GPEIG sponsored session will address the following questions: (1) Why have cities become so central to the efforts of international development organizations such as the United Nations? (2) What is the progress on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the urban-related Sustainable Development Goals? (3) What roles could planning scholars, educators and practitioners play in strengthening international development agencies' initiatives to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable? (4) What are the key opportunities and challenges for planning scholars, educators and practitioners as they work towards strengthening these initiatives to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?

Location: Think Tank