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Co-creating Future Cities

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31 October @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Co-creating Future Cities

World Cities Day aims to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, enhance cooperation among countries and cities in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contribute to sustainable urban development. The overall World Cities Day theme is Better City, Better Life and this year’s sub theme is Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience. (Source: UN Habitat).

Across the world, cities are growing rapidly; around 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050 compared to 55% currently. The increase in urban population presents several urgent challenges putting substantial strain on resources with life-threatening implications. Therefore, cities need to become more resilient and sustainable, thereby tackling big challenges, in particular how to fulfil the needs of citizens whilst remaining within planetary boundaries. However, these challenges also bring many opportunities to not only respond to sustainability challenges but also create “loveable” cities that are inclusive, sustainable and livable, cities with hubs where innovative businesses thrive, community and individual development flourish, and people from all socio-economic groups can live comfortably.

Several questions can be raised: What do such cities look like? how do we create them? How do we transform existing urban environments to become adaptive and resilient? What conditions need to be in place to create an urban system where processes concerning energy, water, food, waste and space are in balance and optimized? Working together within the urban context is a necessary approach to involve all stakeholders: in the field of smart sustainable & resilient cities, innovation processes not only involve industry partners, but also public and societal parties.

Approach and program
Cities are systems of systems, with complex interdependencies. Therefore, becoming a sustainable and adaptive city requires ecosystem collaboration. Similar to the village that is needed to raise a child, we need each other to bring about climate-neutral cities. Therefore the mission-driven event is structured by a cross-sectoral perspective on important steps to enable a meaningful and courageous dialogue hosted by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs.

The program – focused on 4 parts – will engage key international actors from cities, innovation, and infrastructure in dynamic, action-oriented sessions to collaboratively identify obstacles and solutions on the road to sustainable circular cities:
1. Better City, Better Life – Examining existing and future solutions for climate resilient cities
2. How do we transform cities to become circular and climate-resilient?
– Greening the desert through the power of Food
– Let’s brings the SDG’s and climate-neutrality goals to our living places
3. What integration and deployment conditions need to be in place to stimulate resilient and adaptive cities?
– Holistic and human centered change
– Devising robust climate adaptation plans for cities
4. Systemic integration & collaborative leadership within the urban Water-Energy-Food nexus

Co-creating Future Cities

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