RTPI : The Urban Dimension of Climate Change - lessons from the Commonwealth

RTPI : The Urban Dimension of Climate Change - lessons from the Commonwealth

The Royal Town Planning Institute will chair the side event The Urban Dimension of Climate Change: lessons from the Commonwealth at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur.
Date: 11th February
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM
Venue: room 408, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center
 
The Institute will bring its experience in providing local authorities with guidance on planning for climate change and will host a panel discussion on how to better coordinate climate change urban planning policies across the Commonwealth. Panellists will discuss concrete examples from Canada, Malaysia, Australia, relevant policy challenges faced by all Commonwealth nations, and how best practices can be scaled up and knowledge built on them exchanged.
The panel will feature:
  • John Acres MRTPI, President of Royal Town Planning Institute, Chair
  • Eleanor Mohammed, President of Canadian Institute of Planners, Municipal Climate Change Adaptation Plans, with case study from the Nunavut and the involvement of indigenous communities in Arctic Canada.
  • Prof. Barbara Norman, University of Canberra, Australia, Sustainable Pathways for Our Cities and Regions, case studies on Canberra and Kuala Lumpur.
  • Noraida Saludin, Vice President of Malaysia Institute of Planners, Commonwealth Association of Planners, Malaysian Low Carbon City Framework (LCCF).
  • Prof. Peter Head, Ecological Sequestration Trust, research on a tentative Roadmap to the Agenda 2030 in the Commonwealth aiming to roll out a scalable policy demonstration for each country.
The Commonwealth nations are home to 2.4 billion people and are bound together by a common intent to advancing democracy and human rights, address climate change and promote sustainable development. The role that better coordinated climate change urban planning policies can have in meeting the objectives set by COP21/22/23, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and implementing the New Urban Agenda, is enormous. The recent UN-Habitat report Sustainable Urbanization in the Paris Agreement reasserts the primary role that cities have in producing greenhouse gas emissions.
By focusing on outcome-oriented urban planning and reflect planning policy across the Commonwealth nations the event aims to:
  • Pave the way for stronger cooperation on climate change planning policies across the Commonwealth, including exchange of planning knowledge.
  •  Influence the Commonwealth Governments’ agendas so that the urban dimension of climate change is put at the forefront of national policies and made a focus of international cooperation.
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For more information on the 9th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), please visit www.wuf9.org.
 

Author: Michele Vianello.
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