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BORDA and the Habitat Unit of the Technical University of Berlin would like to announce an international symposium in Berlin dedicated to exploring ways to transform burgeoning urban areas into “water-wise cities” that are healthy, productive and liveable.
The event refers to the upcoming meeting of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York City in July 2018 that will review the state of implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.

 This event is a follow-up to the November 2015 symposium “Key Elements for a New Urban Agenda” held in Bremen, Germany.

Start: April 24th 2018 at 10:00

End: April 25th 2018 at 16:30

Location: Office of the Bremen State Representative in Berlin, Germany

Registration required:

Due to limited space, advance registration is required. Participation is free of charge.

At the symposium, national and municipal decision makers will gather with an international community of practitioners from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia to challenge conventional approaches to urban planning and the provision of essential public services. Topics will include working with

- SDG indicators at the city level,
- -innovative approaches to urban planning and infrastructure development,
- municipalities as drivers for shaping liveable cities, and
- good practice examples of urban water management.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda call for a remodeling of urban development. Urban areas are the central organizational form for almost all human societies. The global urban population will increase from just under 4 billion today, to 6.5 billion people by 2050 – and urban infrastructure and services must grow with it.

For the world’s cities, towns and settlements, water is a cross-cutting topic and is profoundly important for shaping healthy, productive and liveable spaces. Rapid urban growth, poor management of natural resources and climate change will result in increasingly vulnerable societies, economies and ecosystems. Water is the key to equitable, affordable and safely managed services of "general economic interest" (Daseinsvorsorge) for all, encompassing health, affordable housing, energy, sanitation, nutritious food, waste disposal, mobility and public spaces.

Innovative concepts such as “water-sensitive cities” and “water-wise cities” are still to be translated into reality on the ground, especially in emerging economies and developing countries.

At the conference, decision makers at national and municipal levels - including city planners, architects, representatives of utilities and industry, financial institutions, research institutes and think tanks, civil society actors, and international cooperation entities - will address the following topics:

- Working with SDG indicators at the city level – challenges for the localization of the Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda for the management of urban waters

- Polycentric approaches – a viable response to the limitations of “classical” concepts of urban planning and infrastructure development for rapidly growing urban areas?

- Municipalities as drivers for shaping liveable and inclusive cities – full responsibility on one hand and a chronic lack of financial and human capacity on the other

- Good-practice examples of urban water management and related public services in OECD countries – can they support efforts to “revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” (SDG 17)?

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