UNESCO and Urban Resilience: Sharing multidisciplinary good practices in building sustainable cities
Habitat III is the first United Nations global conference after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. It offers a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenge of how cities, towns, and villages are planned and managed, in order to fulfill their role as drivers of sustainable development, and how they can shape the implementation of the new global development goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The New Urban Agenda will be discussed and approved by the Member States.
In the framework of Habitat III and its New Urban Agenda, and mobilizing a Multisectoral, Multidisciplinary Platform for Urban Resilience, UNESCO will organize an event in which the themes of inclusive, resilient cities, migration in urban areas, urban culture and heritage, education and water resources management under climate change, will be reflected.
With its transversal mandate and global networks of city-level actors, UNESCO acts as a catalyst and convenor to mobilize partners to launch innovative action, collaboration and dialogue to enhance the importance of water resources management, cultural heritage, education and anti-discrimination for sustainable urban development.
UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) will be presenting the Megacities Alliance for Water under Climate Change at the UN Pavilion on a session that is jointly organized with the Education, Culture and Social Human Sciences sectors, who in turn will display the role of culture and education in cities’ sustainable development and the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities - ICCAR.
An interactive panel discussion will address challenges of reducing water footprint under climate change, racism, discrimination and inequalities in access to basic services in cities. The panel will bring together mayors and city-level decision-makers, practitioners and representatives of civil society, water utilities and international experts and chart a roadmap to leverage the networks, capacity and resources available for effective city-level action. The outcome of discussions will feed into the implementation of relevant objectives of the New Urban Agenda as well as of relevant Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition, UNESCO will launch and disseminate two publications: “Water, Megacities and Global Change: Portraits of 15 emblematic Cities of the World” by the International Hydrological Programme and "PLACES: Creating inclusive and sustainable cities" by the Global Education Monitoring Report.