Poverty, food shortages, health, imbalance in education, gender inequality, energy depletion, shortage of jobs, climate change, and the income gap are among the greatest problems facing humankind.
The international community has made efforts to solve these global problems in the 2001-2015 period under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and made significant achievement. Still, there is no denying that there are many obstacles to be overcome. Natural disasters are getting worse in the midst of abnormal climate change. Polarization is getting more serious due to income inequality. There are children deprived of the opportunity for education. The situation regarding women’s social participation needs to be improved drastically. Unless these problems are solved once and for all, younger generations of people will face a dismal future.
In September 2015, the heads of more than 190 countries unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 goals in a bid to create solutions to these problems through joint efforts.
As part of such efforts, the SMG, jointly with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the CITYNET: The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements, intends to hold the International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Seoul from June 8 through June 10 this year. The importance of the role and responsibility of cities and local governments in execution of MDGs has been widely acknowledged. Likewise, we cannot overemphasize their core role in the execution and attainment of SDGs, considering that more than half of the world population now reside in cities.
Participants in the forum will make joint efforts to solve diverse urban problems, exchanging opinions on sustainable urban development policies, sharing advanced knowhow with each other, and establishing partnerships for inter-city collaboration. We at the SMG will do our best to make the forum a successful event by providing positive support for constructive discussions about diverse issues.
We encourage you to take part in our efforts and provide your warmhearted support.
– The Forum: June 8 and 9 (two days), 2016 ※ The Exhibition/PR Pavilion is operated.
– Inspection tour for overseas participants: June 10, 2016
– New Building of Seoul City Hall (The opening ceremony at the Multi-Purpose Hall on the 8th Floor)
Mayors of cities both domestic and abroad, delegates of local governments, international organizations, research institutes, NGOs, private businesses, and civil society
4. Main Programs
|June 8 (Wed.)||June 9 (Thu.)||June 10 (Fri.)|
|9:30 ~ 10:25||Opening Ceremony|
– Welcome/congratulatory speeches
– Keynote speech
Discussion of the results from the sessions on Day 1
|Field Inspection in Three Areas|
(transportation, water supply/sewage, environment)
(※ Only for overseas participants)
|10:45 ~ 12:00||Session 1|
SDGs and Cities
Execution of Objectives of Sustainable Urban Development and Evaluation
|Noon ~ 13:30||Lunch break||Lunch break|
|13:30 ~ 15:15||Session 2|
Sustainable urban infrastructure
How to Settle Urban Issues
– 4 sub sessions
• Environment/climate change (ICLEI)
• e-Government (WeGo)
• Safe Cities (UN-Habitat)
• Disaster reduction (UNISDR)
|15:15 ~ 15:45||Making a tour of the PR Pavilion||Making a tour of the PR Pavilion|
|15:45 ~17:30||Session 3|
Operation of Sustainable Cities
– 4 sub sessions
• Asian Perspectives on Sustainable Urbanization: Exemplary cases (City Net)
• Urban innovation (UNDP)
• Social economy (GSEF)
• Financing (WB)
Sharing Urban Policies