Urban October: 2018 Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements

30 Oct 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
Open meeting

2018 is an important year for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda. To achieve the ambition of these global agendas will require actions at the local level, and the transformation of cities and the fostering of innovation to manage growth and create high-quality, resilient and sustainable urban development. The 2018 Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2018) is convened on October 30-31 at the United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand. The forum will contribute to the theme of the World Cities Day 2018 on “Advancing Urban Innovations to Achieve SDG 11 and the New Urban Agenda”.

GFHS 2018 is organized by the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) with support from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the Global One Belt One Road Association (GOBA), the Better City Institute (BCI), the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. Senior officials from the United Nations, high-level officials from Thailand and other national governments will join city mayors, practitioners and civil society representatives to provide keynote addresses and participate in multi-stakeholder dialogues on how to leverage the potential of cities to realise global objectives. More than 300 stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and civil society will attend.

GFHS 2018 is a global platform for high-level dialogues, and sharing of innovative approaches and solutions, strategies, technologies and successful local experiences. The forum seeks to enhance the capacity of cities, foster new partnerships and practical actions, and promote cooperation and green development.

The 2-day event will consist of an opening ceremony, keynote speech, mayors panel, parallel sessions, recommendations and summaries, closed consultation for financing and cooperation, reception and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award Ceremony of GFHS (SCAHSA Ceremony).

Scope and Key Issues

The Forum will address critical issues of localising the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda, including through the application of a circular economy approach and the use of tools for financing sustainable urban infrastructure and applying innovative technologies for smart cities.

The specific issues to be discussed as follows:

1. Resilient and circular economy
2. International Green Model City Initiative and Urban Innovations
3. Financing for sustainable urban infrastructure
4. Facilitating Localization of SDG 11 and New Urban Agenda
5. Blockchain Technology and Smart Cities
6. Urban Water Cycle Management and SDGs
7. Eco-city and Sustainable Building Solutions, etc.

Tentative Programme:

October 30, 2018

Time Main Activity Venue at UNCC

8:30- 9:30 Registration (Lobby)
9:30- 10:30 Opening Ceremony (Room 1)
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00- 12:00 Plenary Session 2: Keynote Speeches (Room 1)
13:15- 15:00 Plenary Sessoon 2: Mayors Panel (Room 1)
15:00-15:20 Break
15:20- 16:50
Session 3a: Resilient and Circular Economy (Room 2)
Session 3b: International Green Model City Initiative and Urban Innovations (Room 1)
18:00- 20:00 Reception and Annual SCAHSA Ceremony, organised by GFHS (Ground floor)

October 31, 2018

Time, Main Activity, Venue at UNCC

9:00- 10:30
Session 4a: Financing for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure (Room 2)
Session 4b: Facilitate Localisation of SDG 11 and New Urban Agenda (Room 1)
10:45- 12:15
Session 5a: Blockchain Technology and Smart Cities (Room 2)
Session 5b: Urban Water Cycle Management and SDGs
10:45-11:00 Break
13:30- 15:00
Session 6a: International Green Model City Standards 3.0: an assessment and planning guidance tool for sustainable urban development (Room 1)
Session 6b: Eco-city and Sustainable Building Solutions (Room 2)
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30- 16:30
Advancing Urban Innovations towards achieving SDG 11 and New Urban Agenda -The Way Forward
Summary from the parallel sessions
Recommendations (Room 1)

Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS): Ms Christine Lian HE, Director, International Affairs Department ([email protected]; http://www.gfhsforum.org/)
ESCAP: Ms. Aida Karazhanova, Economic Affairs Officer, Sustainable Urban Development Section, Environment and Development Division ([email protected])

Please see more materials at the GFHS event page at: http://www.gfhsforum.org/Programme18?_l=en
Please refer to the outcome report of the GFHS here: http://www.gfhsforum.org/page137?_l=en