Cities for a Sustainable Future

23 Nov 2020 to 27 Nov 2020

Asia and the Pacific became majority urban for the first time in history in 2019, with more than 50 per cent of the region’s population living in cities. The region’s number of urban dwellers is expected to rise to more than 2.8 billion in 2030 and reach nearly 3.5 billion in 2050, which equate to adding four Tokyo-sized cities every year. The Asia-Pacific cities of 2030, 2050 and 2100 will be very different from today. They will be cities transformed: in their demographic composition, in their implementation of technology and in their wider ecological contexts. The challenges of building cities sustainable enough to meet the changing needs of the future will require new ways of thinking and working, as well as new kinds of policies, investments, and partnerships. Learning to ask new and better questions and building new approaches to tackling old and emerging urban problems will be the role of the participants of this course. ESCAP invites you to be part of the co-production of urban solutions to these challenges in Asia and the Pacific by joining this course.

The Seventh Session of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7), convened in Penang, Malaysia last October, brought together more than 5,000 participants from 60 countries to discuss persistent and emerging issues framed by The Future of Asian & Pacific Cities Report. The Report outlines four priorities and fifteen policy pathways to realize a sustainable urban future in Asia-Pacific covered in this course: urban and territorial planning; urban resilience; smart and inclusive cities; and urban finance. Course participants will gain holistic views on urban futures, practical frameworks of actions, and concrete best practices to identify policy opportunities to improve urban sustainability through a more integrated approach with local and sub-national governments and urban stakeholders to achieve the SDGs. Participants can also see the linkages with building back better within the context of COVID-19 recovery, so that countries can maximise this opportunity to create smart, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities for all.

Course Structure

The course is divided into four thematic pillars from The Future of Asian & Pacific Cities Report

26 Nov 2020

15:15-17:45 (GMT+7)

Policy Pathways for a Sustainable Urban Future

The session explores questions, such as, how do we plan the foundations of a sustainable future in our cities? Guard against future urban risks? Capitalize on frontier technologies to develop people-centred smart cities? Mobilize the financing to deliver sustainable urban solutions?

ESCAP, ADB, Urbanice, Ministry of Housing and Public Works (Bangladesh), Subang Jaya (Malaysia), and Naga (Philippines).

27 Nov 2020

10:45-13:15 (GMT+7)

Method of Delivery

This Session will be delivered through the interactive dialogue with urban thought leaders to set the overall scene for the entire course and provide understanding of the course overview. Following this, there will be two breakout sessions, delivered through an interactive learning format. This involves the use of ICT applications that enable groups to interact simultaneously, while key insights and questions taken up to the live discussion.