UN Habitat-UN ESCAP-APRU-NJU Sustainable Cities Forum

Nanjing University hosted the UN Habitat-UN ESCAP-APRU-NJU Sustainable Cities Forum in partnership with APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub, UN Habitat and UN ESCAP on Feb 27 –28. This two-day Forum invited sustainable cities scholars from across the Asia Pacific, bringing together experts from UN-Habitat and UN ESCAP with local and regional policymakers to discuss key issues on sustainable urban planning and development.

At the meeting, UN Habitat Senior Human Settlements Officer, Bruno Dercon and Nanjing University President Assistant, Lijie Pu signed memorandum, “UN Habitat-Nanjing University Cooperation on Sustainable Development Planning Innovation,” while Dercon and UNDP Senior Urban Expert, Bravish Mallavarapu, informed forum participants on the development of the Future of Asia and Pacific Cities 2019 Report.


Group shot

Memorandum signing ceremony

As a chief professor from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Nanjing University, Prof. Hongyang Wang was invited by APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes program to join the steering committee because of his extensive field of research and network with UN Habitat. Prof. Wang’s research focuses on urban and rural planning philosophy and methodology, comprehensive planning and urbanization and urban-rural integration. He is also active in international cooperation between Chinese and international planning communities of both academics and practitioners. His contribution to the SCL would surely broaden the knowledge base of the program hub.

UN Habitat-UN ESCAP-APRU-NJU Sustainable Cities Forum has three main activities: 1st UN Habitat-NJU Forum on Sustainable Development Planning Innovation, UN ESCAP-UN Habitat Expert Group Meeting on the Future of Asia Pacific Cities 2019 Report & APRU-NJU Forum on Sustainable Cities. This event facilitated discussions on urban planning, resilience and sustainability challenges arising from accelerated technological development, and changing social and economic dynamics with the aim to inspire new thinking and support paradigm shift to achieve sustainable cities development across the region.

Insights from this event are expected to inform on the Future of Asia and Pacific Cities 2019 Report developed and published by UN ESCAP and UN Habitat in partnership with the European Commission, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Development Bank, Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities, and UNDP.

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