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