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The Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum is
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The Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum is
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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Made up of 53 Member States and 9 Associate Members, with a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, the region is home to 4.1 billion people, or two thirds of the world’s population. This makes ESCAP the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions, and the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region with over 600 staff.

ESCAP promotes rigorous analysis and peer-learning in our 7 core areas of work; translates these findings into policy dialogues and recommendations; and provides good development practices, knowledge sharing and technical assistance to member States in the implementation of these recommendations.

ESCAP provides a forum for its member States that promotes regional cooperation and collective action, assisting countries in building and sustaining shared economic growth and social equity. In addition, ESCAP gives stronger participation to the smaller and often left out voices of the region, the least developed countries, the small island States and landlocked States.

ESCAP’s norm setting and policy work ultimately impacts people’s lives in a positive way by helping countries shape and implement a more balanced and inclusive development agenda for the region.

Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Republic of Indonesia

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Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)

The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) (led by Mercy Corps) aims to connect people to help build inclusive Urban Climate Change Resilience (UCCR). The network’s mission is to support UCCR practitioners to influence agendas, create knowledge that drives change, and access resources to build inclusive and equitable UCCR across Asia. The program enables poor, marginalized and otherwise vulnerable people in Asia’s emerging cities to be included and supported in the systems and processes driving urbanization and emerging resilience building measures. Activities are based on four network pillars: Secretariat development, Representation, Learning and Training, and Promotion & Marketing.

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Established in 1986, ADPC is as an independent non-governmental organization. It works in a number of countries in the Asia region including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. With headquarters located in Bangkok, Thailand, ADPC has country offices in Bangladesh, Lao PDR and Myanmar. ADPC's well-established networks with government line agencies and strong partnerships with regional organizations and development agencies provide the foundation for its work.

ADPC deploys disaster risk management (DRM) information and systems to reduce local, national and regional risk across Asia-Pacific. Its portfolio focuses on DRM capacity building, improving DRM for cities and climate change, mainstreaming DRM into national and local development, improving DRM systems and undertaking disaster risk assessments. To achieve its aims in disaster risk reduction, ADPC works closely with local, national and regional governments, governmental and non-governmental organizations, donors and development partners.

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

The Asian Institute of Technology promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. Established in Bangkok in 1959, with the mission "To develop highly qualified and committed professionals who play leading roles in the region's sustainable development and its integration into the global economy", AIT has become a leading regional postgraduate institution and is actively working with public and private sector partners throughout the region and with some of the top universities in the world.

Recognized for its multinational, multicultural ethos, the Institute operates as a self-contained international community at its campus located 40km (25 miles) north of downtown Bangkok, Thailand.

AIT recently hosted the IWA Specialist Conference on Municipal Water Management and Sanitation in Developing Countries, and is also leading the Naturally Acceptable and Technologically Sustainable (NATS) project, a US$ 5-million effort funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to “reinvent the toilet”.

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR)

The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) is a regional network of grassroots community organizations, NGO's and professionals actively involved with urban poor development processes in Asian cities. We are action-orientated and aim to provide an alternative model of urban development. We focus on city-wide, people-driven, slum upgrading as a sustainable and holistic solution to insecure tenure and poor housing conditions.

Since 2009, ACHR has developed the Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA) Program, which has so far supported community-led housing development and settlement upgrading in 214 cities in 19 Asian countries. The program focuses on urban poor communities as direct development targets and key drivers to make a city-scale change. This is achieved by linking together community networks and building a city development platform with local authorities and other development partners through an integrated approach of organizing community development funding and conducting community mapping, small upgrading activities and housing development projects.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Since its founding in 1966, ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. By targeting investments wisely, in partnership with developing member countries and other stakeholders, we can alleviate poverty and help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth.

With $22.93 billion in approved financing in 2014 and 2,997 employees from 60 of its 67 members, ADB in partnership with member governments, independent specialists and other financial institutions is focused on delivering projects that create economic and development impact. ADB’s Headquarters is in Manila, Philippines and has 29 resident missions and 3 representative offices in Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Washington, DC.

Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC)

Founded in 1979, the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC) is a regional association of national and regional networks of non-government organizations (NGOs) in Asia actively engaged in promoting food security, agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture, participatory governance, and rural development. ANGOC member networks and partners work in 14 Asian countries with an effective reach of some 3,000 NGOs and community-based organizations (CBOs). ANGOC actively engages in joint field programs and policy debates with national governments, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and international financial institutions (IFIs). ANGOC is the regional convenor of the Land Watch Asia (LWA) campaign which aims to ensure that access to land, agrarian reform, and equitable and sustainable development in rural areas are addressed in national and regional development agendas.

Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)

The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) is a regional initiative established in 2007 by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Germany, with additional funding support from the governments of Austria, Sweden, Switzerland and the Shanghai Municipal Government. The Initiative provides assistance to medium-sized Asian cities to bridge the gap between their development plans and the implementation of their infrastructure investments. CDIA uses a demand driven approach to support the identification and development of urban investment projects in the framework of existing city development plans that emphasize environmental sustainability, pro-poor development, good governance, and climate change mitigation/adaptation.

Cities Alliance

The Cities Alliance is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. The partnership features a broad range of members, including: local authorities, national governments, non-governmental organisations, multi-lateral organisations, private sector businesses, foundations and knowledge institutions.

The Cities Alliance’s overall strategic objectives are to support cities in providing effective local government, an active citizenship and an economy characterised by both public and private investment. The Cities Alliance seeks to realise this goal by:

  • Developing and/or enhancing national policy frameworks to address urban development needs.
  • Developing and implementing local inclusive strategies and plans.
  • Strengthening the capacity of cities to provide improved services to the urban poor.
  • Developing mechanisms to engage citizens in city or urban governance.

The Cities Alliance partnership works through four business lines:

  • Country Programmes.
  • Catalytic Fund.
  • Joint Work Programmes.
  • Communications and Advocacy.


FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, is a world-wide business network of real estate professionals. FIABCI provides access and opportunity for real estate professionals interested in gaining knowledge, sharing information and conducting international business with each other. With members in 65 countries, including 100 Professional Associations, 65 Academic Institutions and 3000 individual members from all professionals of the real estate sector, FIABCI is the most representative organisation of the real estate industry in the world and holds special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

GIZ is a federal public-benefit enterprise with registered offices in Bonn and Eschborn. It helps the German Government achieve its objectives in the fields of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education and training. Quality, efficiency and innovation are at the heart of GIZ’s activities as a modern, commercially run enterprise.GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. Thanks to its long-standing local presence and global networks encompassing politics, business and civil society, GIZ is well placed to establish successful partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders. GIZ’s activities focus on the transfer of know-how and the development of expertise across a broad spectrum: economic development and employment; governance and democracy; peacebuilding, security, reconstruction and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation.

Global Land Tool Network (GLTN)

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of 68 global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools. Facilitated by UN-Habitat, GLTN has developed a global partnership on land issues and continues to take a more holistic approach to land issues by working towards the following objectives:

  • The establishment of a continuum of land rights, rather than just focus on individual land titling.
  • Improving and developing pro-poor land management, as well as land tenure tools.
  • Unblocking existing initiatives assisting in strengthening existing land networks.
  • Supporting in the development of gendered land tools which are affordable and useful to grassroots.
  • Improving the general dissemination of knowledge about how to improve security of tenure.
  • Improving the general knowledge dissemination on the improvement of security of tenure.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. Habitat has supported an estimated 2 million individuals in the Asia-Pacific region, where it has been active since 1983. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org/asiapacific or follow us at facebook.com/habitat.

The Huairou Commission

The Huairou Commission is a global membership and partnership coalition that empowers grassroots women's organizations to enhance their community development practice and to exercise collective political power at the global level. It has members in 54 countries around the world. Established in 1995 at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, the Huairou Commission has been committed since its founding to grounding the global women's movement in grassroots community development issues and to ensuring that women are central in the human settlements field. The majority of the Huairou Commission's work takes place through its thematic programmes - Community Resilience, Governance and Land & Housing. These thematic programmes are identified in a bottom-up way from the work and interest of grassroots women's organizations in our membership.

The Huairou Commission holds consultative status with the UN and actively participates in UN conferences and processes.

ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world's leading association of more than 1000 metropolises, cities, urban regions and towns. ICLEI South Asia - the South Asian arm of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, aims to build and serve a regional network of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in regional and global sustainability through local initiatives. Over 10 years, ICLEI South Asia has emerged a strong and vibrant local government association with a membership base of almost 60 cities. We promote local action for global sustainability and support cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon, productive, ecomobile; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with sustainable procurement with the ultimate aim of achieving healthy and happy communities. We work with South Asian cities with funding support from various national and international partners by offering numerous opportunities such as participation in programs and projects, technical inputs, information services, trainings, conferences and workshops.

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

As a leading environmental policy think-tank in Asia and the Pacific, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has implemented a broad range of city-level projects since its establishment in 1998. In recent years, the institute has been involved in a host of low-carbon development projects, capacity-building and city network initiatives via the institute’s Kitakyusha Urban Center, as well as other IGES Areas and Offices.

In addition to having strengths in policy research related to governance, international processes, finance and sustainable urban development, IGES has proven competencies in a range of important sectors, including; transport and energy; waste, water and food; sustainable consumption and production; spatial planning; and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), established in 1958, is an international centre of excellence located at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It offers post-graduate and accredited education, training, advisory services and applied research in the fields of urban management, housing and urban environment. The Institute works closely with local governments, international and local non-governmental organizations and the private sector worldwide, with a focus on the global south. Its mission is to develop human and institutional capacities and provide support to policy makers to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities worldwide. IHS strongly believes in linking theory and practice: staff members spend a substantial amount of their time working in the field, so they have knowledge of the circumstances within various countries in which they work and provide support, training and services that are relevant for their clients and course participants.

Institute for Social and Environmental Transition – International (ISET – International)

The Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International (ISET-International) collaborates with local partners to build resilience and catalyze adaptation to social and environmental change. We particularly focus on strategies that address the fundamental challenges change poses for marginalized populations and those who lack the resources to adapt. Our work brings together theoretical and scientific insights with social engagement, local knowledge, and shared learning to identify practical strategies at the local level and to foster the growth of applied knowledge. We work closely with sister organizations and other partners in South and Southeast Asia, the USA, and other regions.

International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)

International Federation of Surveyors is the premier international organization representing the interests of surveyors worldwide. It is a federation of the national member associations that covers the whole range of professional disciplines within the global surveying community. It provides an international forum for discussion and development aiming to promote professional practice and standards, and aims to extend the usefulness of surveying sciences, knowledge and practices.

FIG was founded in 1878 in Paris and known as the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG). It is a United Nations and World Bank Group recognized non-government organization (NGO), representing a membership from over 120 countries throughout the world, representing professional practitioners from scientific, research and academic institutions; technologies, technological products and services providers; commerce, industry and public agencies.

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of experienced professional planners. It was founded in 1965 in a bid to bring together recognised and highly-qualified planners in an international network. The ISOCARP network brings together individual and institutional members from more than 80 countries worldwide. As a non-governmental organisation ISOCARP is recognized by the UN, UN-HABITAT and the Council of Europe. The Society also has a formal consultative status with UNESCO.

The objectives of ISOCARP include the improvement of planning practice through the creation of a global and active network of practitioners. ISOCARP encourages the exchange of professional knowledge between planners, promotes the planning profession in all its forms, stimulates and improves planning research, training and education and enhances public awareness and understanding of major planning issues at a global level.

The association‘s main event is the annual World Congress, which focuses on a globally-significant planning theme and which takes place in a different country each year.

International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

ISWA – the International Solid Waste Association – is a global, independent and non-profit making association, with the mission to “Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide”.

ISWA is open to individuals and organisations from the scientific community, public institutions and public and private companies from all over the world working in the field or interested in waste management. ISWA is the only worldwide waste association, which allows you to net-work with professionals, companies and institutional representatives. Here are some facts and figures on ISWA:

  • ISWA was founded in 1970.
  • ISWA has members in some 100 countries, thereof National Member Organisations in 41 countries.
  • ISWA has some 1,400 members worldwide and additionally some 100,000 members associated with our National Member Organisations.

ISWA achieves its mission through:

  • Promoting resource efficiency through sustainable production and consumption.
  • Support to developing and emerging economies.
  • Advancement of waste management through education and training.
  • Promoting appropriate and best available technologies and practices.
  • Professionalism through its programme on professional qualifications.

Kemitraan Habitat

Kemitraan Habitat is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to fostering collaboration and partnerships amongst various stakeholders to promote safe, inclusive, and sustainable cities and human settlements in Indonesia. Kemitraan Habitat is a driving force that gathers experienced representatives and strategic partners from central and local governments, private sector, academicians and civil society.

The main objective of Kemitraan Habitat, Habitat-partnerships, is to support local governments as the spearhead of urban development implementation, including through the achievement of the targets on safe drinking water, universal access and on slums upgrading, of the medium-term National Development 2015-2019.

Kemitraan Habitat encourages local governments to create partnerships with all stakeholders in all its forms to address the challenge of urban development. Kemitraan Habitat provides urban development and management advisory team (UDMA) supported by knowledge management (Habitat-school), while facilitating synergy-programs, policy advocacy and resource development. The UDMA 2015 is on-going for the cities of Bogor, Banjarmasin, Malang, Palu, Mataram, and Banda Aceh.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. In more than 40 countries, we partner with people to put bold ideas into action, helping them overcome adversity and build stronger communities.

National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore, the largest and oldest higher learning institute in Singapore, is one of the top world's universities.

NUS Architecture is a proven programme, and the only one professionally accredited by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Board of Architects (BOA) Singapore and Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA). Our graduates received a rigorous professional education and are ready to contribute to the industry.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a unique forum in which the governments of 34 countries work together to address the economic, social and governance challenges of globalization, as well as to exploits its opportunities. The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. At the forefront of research and analysis on urban development, the OECD works with mayors, regional leaders and national public officials responsible for urban and regional policies to address a range of issues – from managing urban expansion and congestion, to boosting competitiveness, innovation, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. The OECD strongly supports the preparatory process for Habitat III, through policy dialogue and knowledge sharing among OECD and non-member countries alike. The OECD will co-lead Policy Unit 3 on National Urban Policies together with UN-Habitat.


Oxfam International is a global movement for empowering people to realize and advocate for their rights, and making key stakeholders responsive and accountable towards their needs. We work with the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the globe on issues of gender justice, economic empowerment and humanitarian assistance. Our strategy is to work through local partners to reach out to these marginalized groups to give them a collective voice and support them in climbing out of poverty. Oxfam is a confederation of 17 affiliates with a staff of 7500 working in 94 countries around the globe and impacting over 20 million lives. In the Asia-Pacific region, we currently operate in 16 countries reaching out to over 2.5 million people through various initiatives with a financial outlay of $100 million. Oxfam aspires to support development of lasting solutions to the injustices of poverty and envisions a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives.

Partnership on Sustainable Low-Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

The SLoCaT Partnership on Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT) is a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 90 organizations (representing UN organizations, Multilateral and Bilateral development organizations, NGOs and Foundations, Academe and the Business Sector).

The Partnership's overarching goal is to mobilize global support to promote sustainable, low carbon transport on the global agenda on climate change and sustainable development. The Results Framework defines the 2030 vision of the Sustainable Transport community on what should be achieved in terms of improving rural, urban as well as national and regional access to goods, markets, jobs and services while minimizing the negative impacts on road safety, air quality and climate change. SLoCaT has also published the first (2013) and second (2015) status reports to assess the impacts and contributions of the voluntary commitments on sustainable transport to sustainable development.

The SLoCaT Partnership has a lead role in the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), an open and inclusive platform in support of COP21 (www.ppmc-cop21.org).

PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (PT SMI)

PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) (PT SMI) is an infrastructure financing company that was established as a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) in 2009.

PT SMI plays an active role in facilitating infrastructure financing, as well as preparing project and serving advice for infrastructure projects in Indonesia. PT SMI carries the duty of supporting the Government’s infrastructure development agenda for Indonesia through partnerships with private and/or multilateral financial institutions in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects.

In line with the government's plan to transform the Company into an Indonesian Development Financing Institution, sectors that can be financed by the Company include not only basic infrastructure, but also social infrastructure such as urban infrastructure, education facilities infrastructure, regional infrastructure, tourism infrastructure, health infrastructure and prison infrastructure.

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

United Cities and Local Government (Asia-Pacific) (UCLG-ASPAC)

The United Cities and Local Governments (Asia-Pacific) (UCLG-ASPAC) is the largest regional section of UCLG with linkages to more than 7,000 local governments. UCLG-ASPAC serves as the united voice and advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting cooperation between governments and within the wider international community in the Asia-Pacific region. UCLG-ASPAC is a key knowledge management hub on local government issues in the region and promotes the policies and experiences of local governments in key areas such as poverty, sustainable development, and social inclusion. It engages in policy advocacy, research and knowledge management, capacity building and training, institutional development, project development and management, and information and best practices sharing and replication.


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. As Asia and the Pacific is faced with unprecedented scale and pace of urbanization alongside dramatic changes in demographic trends, development challenges become increasingly diverse and complex as the region itself.

UNDP supports the capacity development of young people and youth-led organizations, and the development of youth caucuses in government, parliament and other bodies. We engage with relevant stakeholders through outreach, advocacy, thought leadership, global networks, and policy debates, in particular in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. We also support the mainstreaming of youth issues in development planning and inter-ministerial and inter-sectorial coordination.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

UNEP recognizes the growing need to address global environmental concerns from an urban perspective and to integrate the urban dimension of global environmental issues. More specifically, UNEP aims to promote the link between international cooperation and local action and supports cities in emphasizing interventions that have both local and global benefits. Areas of focus include, among others, buildings and infrastructure, transport, air pollution, waste and water management, biodiversity and ecosystems.

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat has therefore developed a holistic and global approach towards urbanization that embraces much more than just technical considerations. Beyond its traditional core areas — such as city planning, infrastructure development, and participatory slum upgrading — UN-Habitat, today, also focuses on urban legislation and risk management, as well as gender, youth and capacity building for all actors involved in the urbanization process. Through its global advocacy platforms and events such as the World Urban Forum (WUF), and partnership and contributions to regional forums such as the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF), UN-Habitat also establishes networks that enable governments, experts, civil society groups, multilateral organizations, private sector, and all other development partners to jointly address present and future urban predicaments.

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is part of the UN Secretariat and is headed by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction. It was established by General Assembly when adopting the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in December 1999 to to ensure the Strategy's implementation. Its mandate was expanded in 2001 to serve as the focal point in the United Nations system to ensure coordination and synergies among disaster risk reduction activities of the United Nations system and regional organizations and activities in socio-economic and humanitarian fields (GA resolution 56/195). As the UN office for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR supports the implementation, follow-up and review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework) adopted by the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. The Sendai Framework is a 15-year voluntary, non-binding agreement that maps out a broad, people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction, succeeding the Hyogo Framework for Action.

UN Women

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.


Waste Concern

Waste Concern was established in 1995 as a social business enterprise in Bangladesh with the motto “Waste is a Resource”. Waste Concern was founded by Abu Hasnat Md. Maqsood Sinha an architect-urban planner and Iftekhar Enayetullah, a civil engineer-urban planner. Waste Concern was formed to achieve a vision to contribute towards waste recycling, environmental improvement, improved sanitation services, climate change mitigation, poverty reduction through job creation, and sustainable urban development. Waste Concern has received several national and international awards including United Nations poverty eradication award, 2002. Apart from Bangladesh, Waste Concern is currently providing support to several countries in South and South Asia in partnership with UNESCAP to promote Integrated Resource Recovery Center (IRRC) model. Waste Concern has established a Recycling Training Center (RTC) in Dhaka to build the capacity of the policy makers, municipal officials and operators to establish IRRCs properly.

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