Tuesday, June 28, 2022
As 55% of the world’s population lives in the urban areas, more than half of whom live in rapidly growing secondary cities and towns, managing urban growth in a way that improves quality of life for all the residents is critical to sustainable development. Mountain cities and secondary cities are oft times overlooked. Their unique topography, natural hazards compounded by inequality, a lack of resources and critical infrastructure We must also tackle inequality and address the lack of resources and critical infrastructure needs to be addressed. Part of the solution lies in better planning villages and cities. Yet, urban planning practice and expertise is limited in the developing world and many of the existing approaches and methods are not adapted to local challenges, traditions, and context. This panel will bring together a variety of experts to look at key challenges and unique solutions for mountain regions. The key issues are demographic pressure that forces people to live in places that are vulnerable to hazards. Often countries have centralized approach to planning, where we need to include local voicess to have local solutions for local problems. Moreover, climate change brings new problems for urban planning, and cities need to have locally led and designed climate change adaptation plans. To address these challenges UN Habitat, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, SECO and the Government’s of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will discuss how to improve urban planning in mountain cities with an approach routed in evidence based decision making and local knowledge and opportunities and to put in place actions that transform mountain cites improve the quality of life for citizens.
The objective of this event is to bring together urban planning labs, institutions foundations, donor organizations, practitioners, and local governments to explore the commonalities of urban planning practices to understand the urban system, plan for a sustainable urban future, and the development of impactful tools and approaches for transforming the urban areas.
The event aims to trigger a discussion on impactful integrated and strategic spatial planning steps and approaches by sharing best practices from environmentally vulnerable mountain settlements in Central Asia (Tajikistani and Kyrgyzstan) and well as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The event will explore the integrated and strategic spatial planning practices and how the operation of urban system can be improved toward and sustainable and resilient urban future.
As the event focuses on integrated and strategic spatial planning, it particularly falls under Dialogue 6 of the WUF 11: Building Urban Resilience. The NUA defines urban and territorial planning as key levers to promote sustainable urban development, with central relevance in economic growth, environmental sustainability and social equity, and vital to addressing myriad challenges that cities face. It states that urban and territorial planning needs to be integrated and focused on implementation. The key issues of the dialogue include rethinking the form and function of the city, the fragmentation of actions at various levels.
The event will particularly be relevant to Dialogue 6’s key questions with its case studies and discussions, such as;