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International Mayors Forum, Lilongwe, Malawi
16-18 May 2018
Lilongwe, Malawi
Introduction

The International Mayors' Forum in Lilongwe is to provide an international platform for policy dialogue and knowledge sharing through presentations and discussions on key aspects related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 11, at local level as a means to achieve a better understanding of successes, lessons and specific mechanisms and accelerate the in-depth transformation needed to make our societies sustainable and resilient.

Cities are essential to sustainable development. Besides, being incubators for innovation, art and culture, cities can play a leading role in economic development of countries, whose global gross domestic product (GDP) is created, for a large part, in cities. However, the current trend of urbanization is also often accompanied by significant social and environmental challenges, such as the lack of access to adequate, affordable urban land and housing options, urban infrastructure and basic services for a growing number of citizens, who suffer from rising inequality and exclusion. This is particularly true in developing countries, where about one third of urban dwellers - or more than 860 million people - live in slums, their number increasing rapidly as in many cases urbanization is taking place mostly informally, i.e., through uncontrolled urban expansion, poor land use planning and management, lack of environmental degradation, and failures in the design, construction and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure. Besides lacking environmental services, including drainage, waste-water collection and treatment, garbage collection and adequate access to safe water, those settlements are particularly susceptible to hazards with natural or human cause.

Concept Note
Concept Note
Agenda
Agenda
Information Note
Information Note (updated as of 1 May 2018)
Substantive Report
Substantive Report

Day One - 16 May 2018
Session 1: Opening of the Forum (Opening & Welcome Remarks)
Session 2: The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs
  • Presentation Dr. Jean D'Aragon, Senior Sustainable Development Expert, UNOSD
  • Presentation Mr. Fitsum Abraha, Senior Economic Advisor, United Nations Development Programme - UNDP Tanzania
  • Presentation Ms. Louise Scholtz, Programme Manager of Urban Futures, Policy and Futures Unit, WWF South Africa
  • Presentation Mr. Walusungu Kayira, Deputy Director, Planning and Policy, Minister of Local Government, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Malawi
  • Presentation Hon. Hubert Fidze, Mayor of Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Session 3: Implementing the SDGs at national and subnational levels
  • Presentation Ms. Alka Bhatia, Economics Advisor, United nations Development Programme - UNDP Malawi
  • Presentation Prof. Dr. Samson Kassahun, Academic Vice President, Ethiopian Civil Service University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Presentation Dr Mpilo Ngubane, Director of Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) of Durban
  • Presentation Ms. Touria Azzaoui, Researcher in Sociology, Ministry of Administration Reform and the Public Service, Morocco
  • Presentation Hon. Ms. Waneka Arrindell, Mayor of Municipality of Linden, Guyana
Session 4: Sustainable urbanization through sustainable planning and management
  • Presentation Emily Hosek, Associate Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs - UN DESA
  • Presentation Javier Vergara Petrescu, Co-founder and Executive Director, Ciudad Emergente
  • Presentation Hon. Desmond W. Bikoko, Mayor of Lilongwe City Council
  • Presentation Mr. Sang Bum Lee, Director General, Incheon Metropolitan City Government, Republic of Korea

Day Two - 17 May 2018
Session 5: Partnerships, monitoring frameworks and policy coherence
  • Presentation Mr. Keping Yao, Governance and Public Administration Expert, UNPOG, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Presentation Mr Salvo Feliciano Tchamo, Evaluation and Monitoring Officer, Ministry of land, Environment and Rural Development, Mozambique
  • Presentation Mr. Bhagawan Aryal, Director, Department of Civil Registration, Nepal
  • Presentation Hon. Collen Gager, Mayor of Falmouth, Chairman of Trelawny Municipal Corporation, Jamaica
Session 6: Low-carbon cities
  • Presentation Dr. Vincent Kitio, Chief, Urban Energy Unit, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN-Habitat
  • Presentation Ms. Louise Scholtz, Programme Manager of Urban Futures, Policy and Futures Unit, WWF South Africa
  • Presentation Birgitte Bryld, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs - UN DESA
  • Presentation Hon. Daniel Eric Clive Laurent, Lord Mayor of the Municipal City Council of Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Presentation Hon. Oswaldo Cisneros Soria, Mayor of City of Salinas, Ecuador

Day Three - 18 May 2018
Session 7: Adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services for sustainable cities
  • Presentation Mr. Fitsum Abraha, Senior Economic Advisor, United Nations Development Programme - UNDP Tanzania
  • Presentation Dr Mpilo Ngubane, Director of Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) of Durban
  • Presentation Mr. Tengiz Jokhadze, Head of Department, Tbilisi City Hall Economic Development Office, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Presentation Hon. Winston L. Maragh, OD, JP, Mayor of May Pen, Chairman of Clarendon Municipal Corporation, Jamaica
Session 8: Making our cities and communities more resilient
  • Presentation Dr. Jean D'Aragon, Senior Sustainable Development Expert, UNOSD
  • Presentation Dr. Shwaib Lwasa, Associate Professor, Department of Geography Makerere University Kampala, Uganda
  • Presentation Ms. Jin-kyung Choi, Team Manager, Global Social Economy Forum - GSEF
  • Presentation Mr. John Chome, Head of Habitat Solutions, Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Presentation Mr. Kalanidhi Devkota, Executive Secretary, Municipal Association of Nepal - MuAN
Session 9: Implementing the 2030 agenda and the SDGs in SIDs and counties/cities under difficult conditions
  • Presentation (Emily Hosek, Associate Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs-UN DESA
  • Presentation Hon. Ione Debrun, Mayor Ebon Local Government, Ebon Atoll, Marshall Islands
  • Presentation Hon. Karma Thobgyal, Mayor of Samdrup Jongkghar Thromde (Municipality), Bhutan
  • Presentation Hon. Nadia Ksaibi, Mayor of Homs Municipality, Syria
  • Presentation Hon. Abdul Rhman Alkhstib, Mayor of Al-Herjalleh, Syria
Closing Session
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