Workshop on concepts of sustainability and inclusiveness within the context of cities, and their application in the Arab region

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Egypt, Cairo
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Jana El Baba, j.el-baba@unesco.org

There is an urgent need in the Arab region to make cities inclusive and sustainable, and local authorities have a critical role to play in achieving this ambitious goal, in cooperation with various stakeholders.

The first in a series, this workshop aims to consolidate concepts relating to sustainable and inclusive cities, and engage participants in an in-depth discussion of the major issues affecting the achievement of this objective in the Arab region.

The workshop aims familiarize participants with integrated approaches for applying these concepts, with a particular focus on the human-rights based approach and global citizenship education; and provide participants with workable solutions and tools.

In particular, the workshop will have the following objectives:

a) Clarify the multi-dimensional concepts of “sustainable city” and “inclusive city”, and provide city authorities with a practical understanding of the associated normative frameworks as provided in global documents including the 2030 Agenda and New Urban Agenda;

b) Familiarize participants with integrated approaches for applying these concepts, with a particular focus on the human-rights based approach and global citizenship education;

c) Provide participants with workable solutions and tools that they can apply in their own cities for promoting sustainable and inclusive development, as well as gender equality;

d) Identify specific capacity-development needs that will guide the elaboration of the training workshop series, and related toolkits and reference materials.

Discussions will be informed by the outcomes of a set of UNESCO papers on the role of local authorities in promoting inclusive development in the Arab region with a focus on migrants, youth and women.

Participants will include representatives of cities members of the UNESCO-supported Coalition of Arab Cities against Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance.