UN-Habitat @MIPIM2022

SDG Cities Towards The City We Need

Working with UN-Habitat to accelerate action

in Cities towards the SDGs

16 March 2022 - From 14:00 to 14:45 -

Cannes, FRANCE

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UN-Habitat and partners to drive urban sustainability during large real estate event in Cannes

Nairobi/Cannes, 16 February 2022 – UN-Habitat and the world’s leading real estate events organizer have partnered to put more focus on the larger context of urban change in real estate development and promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities. The partnership with the International Market for Real Estate Professionals, known by its French initials MIPIM, will ensure closer exchanges between UN-Habitat and actors in the real estate industry during the March 15-18 events in the French coastal city of Cannes. READ MORE

Background

The world is at a crossroads. Cities are struggling with multiple crisis amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the multiple effects of climate change. Vulnerable groups are hit by social, economic, and political challenges, resulting in devastating setbacks to advance inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities. We are off-track to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and the urban world as we know it is at risk. However, despite these setbacks, cities and urban areas remain central to the sustainable development trajectory. Cities have solutions and are accelerators for the implementation of the SDGs. Cities are where a new social contract can emerge to accelerate climate action, ensure peace and health for all.

 

The City We Need is NOW! is a global action campaign coordinated by UN-Habitat with more than 200 partner organizations, under the World Urban Campaign global platform. It will focus on cities are places of opportunies and accelarators of the SDG implementation. The campaign will promote solutions and city changers that have made an impact on their communities to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals in 10 action areas (below) as defined by the partners of The City We Need. The City We Need Now! will also help engage partners in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the CIS, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America.

The SDG Cities Programme

SDG Cities is a global initiative run by UN-Habitat and promoted under The City We Need Now! action campaign.

 

While there is widescale demand by cities to understand how they are performing on the achievement of SDGs, many cities worldwide also need support in translating performance data into strategic plans and to the development, financing and implementation of targeted actions that can accelerate the achievement of SDGs and improve wellbeing for all.

  • The Offer for Cities: SDG Cities will enable cities to accelerate addressing key challenges and realizing development priorities in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, and measure success in doing so.

  • The Offer for Investors: SDG Cities will ensure a continuous pipeline of assessed, de-risked, verifiable impact investment opportunities in cities worldwide, including in emerging and developing economies.

  • The Offer for Global Development: SDG Cities harnesses the potential of urbanization to accelerate the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals.

UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat is the United Nations Programme for Human Settlement, working in over 90 countries to promote transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action. UN-Habitat’s operational work takes various forms of technical assistance, drawing on its unique expertise in sustainable urbanization and crisis response. UN-Habitat implements projects to provide value-added and tailored support to countries. UN-Habitat’s normative work, including groundbreaking research and capacity-building, sets standards, proposes norms and principles, shares good practice, monitors global progress and supports formulation of policies related to sustainable cities and human settlements.

 

UN-Habitat manages this work through its headquarters (the UN-Habitat Secretariat) in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as through four regional offices, one for Latin America and the Caribbean in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one for Asia and the Pacific in Fukuoka, Japan, one for the Arab States in Cairo, Egypt, and one for Africa also based in Nairobi, Kenya. UN-Habitat also has several liaison and information offices around the world.

 

Through advocacy, communication and outreach, UN-Habitat mobilizes public, political and financial support and collaborative action to inspire qualitative change in national development plans, policy frameworks, development practice and investment choices for sustainable urban development at the local, national and global level.

 

In 2022, UN-Habitat will convene the 11th Session of the World Urban Forum on the theme ‘Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future’ to be held in Katowice, Poland from 26 to 30 June 2022. The World Urban Forum is the Premier global conference on cities held every two years.

SESSION OBJECTIVES 

The session will explain the potential and benefits for cities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the light of pressing global issues of climate change, inequality, and recovering from and building resilience to pandemics. It will explore how cities can advance their achievement of SDGs through joined-up processes of data collection and monitoring, strategic planning, institutional capacity development, and investment, as foundations for evidence-based transformation. The session will further underline the urgency to accelerate progress by a global action of diverse partners committed to supporting cities in these areas, highlighting the critical role for investors to engage with a growing pipeline of viable high-impact projects in cities in emerging and developing economies. UN-Habitat experts will explain the overall framework, systems, and tools, including the Cities Investment Facility, and will describe desired outcomes through examples. City leaders and their partners will share their experiences. Participants will be able to interact with UN representatives and operational partners on UN-Habitat.

 

SPEAKERS 

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Neil Khor

Chief of Staff

Office of the Executive Director,

and Lead, Private Sector Engagement,

UN-Habitat

>> UN-Habitat: our mandate, how we work with the private sector

>> SDG Cities: the offer for cities, investors and global development

Christophe Lalande 

Leader, Housing Unit

UN-Habitat

>> Housing to shape urban sustainability

Christine Auclair

Head, Advocacy and Campaigns Unit,

UN-Habitat

>> UN-Habitat: our advocacy, our engagement for The City We Need Now!

Tanya Huizer

Global Shelter Program Manager, Sr. Project Leader Resilience, Arcadis B.V.

>> How we work with UN-Habitat - The Shelter Programme

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Marjolijn Versteegden

Global Solutions Director Net Zero Facilities and Sustainable Communities, Arcadis NV

>> >> Sustainable business for sustainable cities: why the SDGs matter to us

Mahmoud Al Burai

President, FIABCI Emirates

>> The City We Need Now! in the Middle East – Engaging the business community on urban sustainability

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