Sustainable Urbanization

Overview

By 2020, the urban population of the Asia-Pacific region is expected to surpass 50 percent, and in 2050 it is estimated that over 3 billion people will live in the region’s urban areas. For much of the Asia-Pacific region urbanization has been associated with higher levels of development but there remain challenges in terms of realizing sustainable and inclusive urban development, meeting needs with respect to shelter, adequate livelihoods, healthy and safe environments, and in ensuring good governance.In recognizing the importance of sustainable, inclusive and livable cities to the region’s future development, ESCAP works to support member States by facilitating regional dialogue and promoting sustainable and inclusive urban development through a program of work which enhances awareness for informed decision-making; provides technical assistance and supports capacity development; strengthens intergovernmental processes and mandates; and fosters networks and develops partnerships. This includes through regional fora, such as the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum; implementation of the outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and regional preparations for global agenda-setting, including the Habitat III conference to be held in 2016.

Courses 2 courses

Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Management

The course provides tools and knowledge on locally appropriate strategies and multi-stakeholder solutions for sustainable waste management using 3R principles in cities in developing countries, including establishing Integrated Resource Recovery Centers.

Shifting Towards Water-Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities

Sustainable, livable cities are the way forward for the future of Asia-Pacific. The 2030 Agenda implementation urges to advance urban SDG with other SDGs, related to resilience of water infrastructure to climate change.