IFHP: Sustainable Design Goals = SDG's

IFHP: Sustainable Design Goals = SDG's

SDG’s are also Sustainable Design Goals
We can’t call for sustainable development goals without calling upon sustainable design goals. Design solutions are part and parcel to the urban solutions. This entails design thinking and design making on all scales, scapes and tempi.
Design is an essential ingredient when it comes to meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. We can’t talk of the NUA and frameworks for urban policy without talking urban design. And the Quito Papers, among other strong voices coming out of Habitat III are quite explicit in their call for urban design at a human scale.
Now in October 2017 a broad spectrum is coming together in Montreal, Canada for the World Design Summit to demonstrate the power of design, and manifest the role and responsibility of design and designers in facilitating a more sustainable future.
 
World Design Summit
The World Design Summit is said to be the first ever gathering of its bringing together
WDS is a multi-faceted event from 16th – 25th October 2017, consisting of Congress, Expo, public Activities and the international Summit Meeting itself. The culminating Summit Meeting is the pinnacle of this event, taking place 23rd-25th October 2017. It will be an unprecedented moment of global unity in seeking design-driven solutions.
The World Design Summit Meeting is seeking to galvanize the resources and skills of the international design, planning, architecture and landscape architecture communities and share a bold vision of a design-driven future.
However WDS has been many years in the making.
 
Eeum: Design Connects
In 2015, the International Design Congress “Eeum: Design Connects” held in Gwangju, Korea, was the first step towards a truly inclusive, multidisciplinary and cross-sectional collaboration. Seven international organizations representing industrial design, interior design, interaction design, graphic and communication design, landscape architecture and housing and planning jointly declared design’s critical role in shaping the world that meets global development goals fostering sustainability, equity, diversity and longterm economic viability.
Creating a world that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially equitable and culturally diverse.
Since then, additional INGO’s continue to join the process, in alignment with this principle.
 
Paris Pre-Summits
As part of the lead up to the World Design Summit, two WDS pre-summits convened during the first part of 2017 to work on the drafting of World Design Declaration.
Just before summer set in the World Design Summit Organization (“WDSO”) hosted the second of two Pre-Summit Meeting in Paris, France, on 16th – 17th June 2017. These meetings offered a collaborative, global partnership platform for international organizations to meet around their common cause: creating a better world for all by harnessing the power of design.  
Participants are international organizations representing design and design-related professions, and intergovernmental and supranational organizations from the sectors of society, culture, environment and economics.
Amongst the attendees in Paris were representatives of UNESCO, UNEP, Habitat III, Council of Europe and ICOMOS coming together for the first time with design organizations such as the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Service Design Network (SDN), the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), Cumulus, the  International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media - and WDSO’s three founding partners, the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP), International Council of Design (ico-D) and International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).  
In total, seventeen international bodies were present and shared in a strong desire to bolster the unique capacity of design to address pressing global needs and support sustainable development goals. They gathered in Paris to discuss common causes and to set out a roadmap to the WDS Meeting and the announcement of the joint Declaration, taking place on 23-25 October 2017 in Montréal, Canada.
The pre-summit saw the inauguration of four Working Committees, tasked to develop positions on Design’s impact and contribution to Economy, Culture, Environment and Society.
Participants were enthusiastic about the bold vision and opportunity presented by the WDS Meeting.  “This unprecedented gathering of international players is a testament to the fact that design has the power to transform the world,” said WDSO Secretary General, Mr. Alain Dufour.
The WDS Meeting and the work of its Committees towards the Declaration, are envisioned as part of a long-term, international collaboration model.  “The WDS Meeting in October is the beginning of the conversation,” added Mr. Dufour.
Pictured (left to right, from back to front): Alok Nandi (IxDA), Ariane-Li Simard-Côté (WDSO), Kathryn Moore (IFLA), Niclas Dünnebacke (ASF-INT), David Grossman (ico-D), Bart Ahsmann (BEDA), Maguellone Dejant-Pons (COE), Nicholas Buchoud (UN Habitat), Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen (Cumulus), Jesse Grimes (SDN), Thibaut Nguyen (Habitat III), Jyoti Hosagrahar (UNESCO), Maureen Pelletier (ICOMOS), Eija Salmi (Cumulus), Albert Dubler (UIA), Brenda Sanderson (IxDA), Sharon Gil (UNEP), Regitze Marianne Hess (IFHP), Jorge Perez Jaramillo (WUP), Alain Dufour (WDSO), Lígia Nunes (ASF-INT), Ben Roberts (IFLA), Sheila Copps (WDSO)
 
October in Montreal - WDS
But now just around the corner the World Design Summit itself. There is intense activity in Montreal getting everything ready for dozens of keynotes, hundreds of speakers, a vast array of exhibitors and thousands of participants. The program is evolving and unfolding for each day as we get closer to the event.
 
World Design Summit Meeting
The days in Montreal will culminate with World Design Summit Meeting, a historic gathering of approx. 50 international organizations, all with a common objective: developing an international action plan for harnessing the power of design to address pressing global challenges.
International organizations representing design, architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture, are coming together for the first time with representatives of intergovernmental and supranational organizations and specialized agencies.
Together, the participants will develop and put forth a declaration and 10-year implementation framework for continued international collaboration towards the shared objective: designing a better world for all.
 
World Design Declaration
The main objective of the World Design Summit Meeting is the development of a joint Declaration – a position statement that will identify the unique role, capacities and value of design and design-related disciplines.
The Declaration will also propose an implementation framework for continued international collaboration.
A limited number of Observer seats are available. For access contact Find out how you can witness this moment of design history!
 
IFHP & WDS
IFHP has been involved from the onset in advancing the World Design Summit. IFHP is a founding member for WDS international Steering Committee.
From an IFHP perspective we see the World Urban Campaign and the New Urban Agenda as an extremely strong source of inspiration and model for a world design campaign rallying around a world design agenda, bringing together the design community with leaders and activists, thinkers and makers from all sectors and all walks.
 
With our engagement in the World Design Summit and specifically our contribution to the Design Declaration, IFHP is doing our utmost to serve as an implementation agent of the NUA and UN 2030 SDGs. Because SDG’s also mean Sustainable Design Goals.
Come join IFHP at World Design Summit in Montreal www.worlddesignsummit.com

Author by: Regitze Marianne Hess.
Photo Credits: World Design Summit.