ESCAP and its partners are convening the Fifth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum
) from 22 to 24 June at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand to identify, discuss and prioritize emerging and critical issues in inclusive and sustainable urban development. The theme of APUF-5 is ‘Cities of Opportunity: partnerships for an inclusive and sustainable future
’. The Forum will bring together all stakeholders to share experiences on good and innovative practices, and approaches to inclusive and sustainable urban development. It will be an opportunity to explore how activities of different actors c an be better coordinated and linked to each other and to relevant regional and global processes, events and development objectives. A highlight of the Forum will be a trip to a slum upgrading project and a visit to a centre of excellence in water management. An Urban Documentary Night will take place at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand on 23 June.
The Forum comprises the following side events:
Plenary panel discussions on drivers and barriers for change
** A high-level panel will discuss barriers towards an inclusive and sustainable urban future and how to overcome them.
** A panel discussion on governance and governance approaches as key drivers for change.
** A panel discussion on opportunities for change from the point of view of civic engagement and social movements.
The Bazaar of Ideas & Practices: A showcase of APUF-5 good practices and discussion on topics as varied as climate change-resilient cities, solid waste management, environmentally sustainable cities, alternative building materials, sustainable transport, urban health, green infrastructure and buildings, localization of MDGs, sustainable urban infrastructure investments, community finance, housing profiles, eco-efficient infrastructure, complex urban disasters, housing bubbles, social inclusion and an urban planning café.
Subregional Focus Groups: Discussion on critical and emerging urban issues and programmes, initiatives, institutions and support mechanisms at the subregional and regional level in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and the Pacific.