• Monday 17 Oct 2016
  • Cities and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

    Special Sessions
    Venue: National Library Casa De La Cultura
    Lead Organizations:
    • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
    • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
    Partner Organizations:
    • World Health Organization (WHO),
    • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA),
    • World Meteorological Organization (WMO),
    • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR),
    • United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS),
    • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),
    • International Telecommunication Union (ITU),
    • United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment),
    • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

    Managing Risks to Ensure Sustainable Urban Development in a Changing Climate
    Special Session 17 will bring together key implementing partners of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in order to discuss practical approaches and demonstrable examples from different regions and cities with particular reference to the five key drivers for action identified in the Issue Paper 17.
    The session will help identify replicable approaches and promote peer learning among urban stakeholders foreseen to participate in the sessions: National and Local Governments, Academia, Businesses, Civil Society and the United Nations System.
    The five key drivers for action in climate-proof and risk informed sustainable urbanization are: 
    ·       Urban Planning and Design;
    ·       Urban Governance;
    ·       Urban Economy, Finance and Investment;

     ·       Inclusion & Participation; and

    ·       Information, Data and Knowledge Management (incl. Multi-Hazard early warning systems and integrated City services).
    The Session will bring together a range of stakeholders and organizations to share experiences and develop a partnership-based approach, it  will:
    ·       Highlight issues related to disaster risks and climate impacts to build the resilience of cities and human settlements;
    ·       Discuss solutions for the implementation of the five key drivers for action  outlined in  Issue paper 17 and share replicable experiences from different regions and cities;
    ·       Discuss experiences and recommendations linking the implementation of the New Urban Agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework, and the Paris Agreement outcomes; and
    Guiding Questions

    ·       What are the key considerations – both in Climate Change and DRR - that have proven  to be a catalyst for sustainable urban development?
    ·       How can national level processes and mechanisms inaugurated under the   SDGs/UNFCCC/UNISDR contribute to sustainable urbanization and development in a vertically integrated manner?
    ·       How can we successfully link the recent international agendas, the  Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, DRR and Resilience with the New Urban Agenda?
    ·       What financing mechanisms can be adopted to ensure that cities, especially in least developed countries, have the resources they need for achieving climate/risk compatibility and sustainable urban development?
    ·       What new technologies serve as  effective disaster preparedness tools in high risk zones in developing countries?
    ·       What are the positive benefits to be realized from resilient urban development (e.g. Health, planning and construction)?