(Taking-action, Resilience, Urban Sustainability & Territorial Actions for SDGs)
The URBAN THINKERS CAMPUS will be held concurrently with the 59th ISOCARP (International Society of Cities and Regional Planners) Congress in Toronto (Canada), 10-13 October.
Main organizer: ISOCARP, with the kind support of UEF, IFLA, C40, IMF, CNU, APUR
12 October 2023, 10:15 AM – 12:45 + 13:45 – 14:45 AM (CANADA/Toronto),
DESCRIPTION OF THE UTC
Cities, house over half of the global population, consume two-thirds of the world's energy
and account for 70% of global emissions. Despite contributing up to 80% of the global GDP,
cities grapple with social, economic, and environmental challenges. Rapid urbanization has
outpaced the development of effective urban governance, fiscal resources, policies, and
planning, hindering sustainable development. Shrinkage, mining regions, and towns require
reimagining urban sustainability through green economies, nature-based solutions, and
fiscal measures. Climate crises and financial limitations exacerbate global urban challenges,
demanding a re-evaluation of policymaking, planning, investment, and climate-responsive
strategies. Improved policies, planning, and investments are urgently needed to ensure
quality living conditions while addressing unsustainable practices like urban sprawl and
inequitable real estate development models.
The 27th session of COP to the UNFCCC highlighted the importance of integrating
policymaking, planning, and finance to achieve urban sustainability and resilience while
acknowledging the significant role of cities in global climate change. The UN-Habitat's CCCI
calls for support to cities in low- and middle-income countries that lack the capacity and
resources to effectively respond to climate change. To facilitate a collaborative response,
the UEF and ISOCARP have jointly organized the UEF5 and WPC59, titled "For Climate
Action, Urban Finance: Climate Responsive Planning for Equitable Places & Communities."
This conference aims to stimulate discussions and initiatives addressing climate action,
urban finance, and equitable urban planning in order to achieve the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).
As part of the conference, the Urban Thinkers Campus "TRUST Actions for SDGs" will be a
platform to enable knowledge transfer, exchange and discussions with an auditorium setting.
Its goal is to provide a current assessment of our progress and offer guidelines on the
necessary actions to achieve the SDGs, informed by the most recent developments in 8 key
topics that correspond to the 10 action areas of “The City we need Now!”.
SPEAKERS AND TOPICS
The event is moderated by SabinaDimitriuand Pietro Elisei (ISOCARP)
Republished from ISOCARP