WUF9 Networking Event: NIUA - Upscaling City Networks for Knowledge Exchange at Regional Level

WUF9 Networking Event: NIUA - Upscaling City Networks for Knowledge Exchange at Regional Level

About NIUA
With a vision towards promoting integrated solutions for Urban India, National Institute of Urban Affairs, advances inter-disciplinary research, knowledge management and policy making on issues relevant to cities across India. NIUA’s mission is to develop new research and expertise for supporting effective innovations in the urban sector and their dissemination through knowledge exchange, training and capacity development. NIUA has assisted in policy formulation and programme appraisal and monitoring for the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, state governments, multilateral agencies and other private organizations.

Event Summary
The New Urban Agenda (para 149) for sustainable cities, strives to support local government associations as promoters and providers of capacity development, recognizing and strengthening, as appropriate, both their involvement in national consultations on urban policies and development priorities, and their cooperation with sub-national and local governments. The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) has been actively promoting city government networks for advocacy, capacity building in support of national urban initiatives in India, knowledge dissemination and peer learning. Aligned with the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda, NIUA pioneered knowledge networking among Indian cities and positioned itself as the national hub. The proposed networking event at the World Urban Forum 9 aims to share learnings from such NIUA initiatives and share the successes of knowledge networks amongst cities and institutions on the global platform with the intention of leveraging these at a trans-national level. This event will showcase collaborations, cross-learnings from networking initiatives and will explore prospective partnerships to foster achievement of SDGs.

In the backdrop of Goal 11 -Sustainable Cities and Communities which recognises urbanisation and city growth as a transformative force for development, the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (The future We Want) recognizes that if well planned and developed, cities can promote economically, socially and environmentally sustainable societies. Cities can forge new partnerships and local social pacts that can contribute towards strengthening national governments in the face of country and global challenges. Goal 17 which speaks of strengthening the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development is complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of SDG in all countries, particularly developing countries.

Cities in India are in the midst of urban transformation which has thrown up unprecedented challenges which cities themselves are trying to solve. City governments are finding out new and innovative methods to deal with these challenges, of which creating networks and learning from each other is becoming increasingly important. NIUA’s efforts at working with institutional and city government networks to promote cross learning and build capacities will set the agenda for exploring opportunities for similar partnerships at regional level.
The event aims to develop networks dedicated to building capacities of cities in the region. Two major discussion points are:

  • City networks and knowledge network initiatives across nations, elaborating roles of the national and regional hubs in particular.
  • Incentives that could encourage national governments and regional and subregional associations and agencies, to formalize knowledge networks

Partners and panellists will share experiences on:

  1. Engaging cities as users and providers of knowledge
  2. Process of capturing knowledge from cities and other stakeholders
  3. Use of IT technology for wider reach of knowledge
  4. Scaling up national networks to sub-regional and global level

Panellists/ Respondents:

  1. Mr. Ajay Suri, Regional Advisor. Cities Alliance
  2. Dr. Sunil Dubey, Advisor, Metropolis
  3. Dr. Andre Mueller, BBSR (Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, Germany)
  4. Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General, UCLG ASPAC, Jakarta
  5. Ms. Manvita Baradi , Director, Urban Management Centre, India.
  6. UN-Habitat (TBD)

Article by: NIUA.