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2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayors' Forum
10-13 September 2017
Daejeon, Republic of Korea

1. Background

In 2008, a major demographic shift occurred when the urban population surpassed the rural population. 200,000 people migrated to cities every day, adding more than 70 million urban dwellers every year. The world's urban population is now expected to reach 60 per cent by 2030 and 70 per cent in 2050. Cities and other urban centers are contributing to sustainable development through economic growth, innovation, education and culture. Some 80 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) is created in cities. Cities have great potential, and making the most of it is critical for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for achieving the global sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The UNOSD-led individual session will have an audience of approximately 100 key decision-makers and influencers of urbanization from across Asia Pacific, including:
  • Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Governors, Commissioners and City Councilors
  • Urban Administrators, City Managers and Senior Civic Executive Managers
  • Senior Policy Makers and Municipality Directors, including specialists in transport, planning, environment, infrastructure, energy, water, economic development and foreign affairs
  • Heads of industry and Senior Technical Directors with a strategic interest in city management
  • International and Local Business Leaders
  • Trade Commissioners
  • Research Leaders relating to urbanization and managing cities
  • Young Professionals and Emerging Leaders from industry and the public sector
  • 4. Programme

    The programme is provided in a separate document.

    5. Schedule and Venue

    UNOSD will host a session on “Local solutions to global challenges: Making our cities and communities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (to make) cities as part of the solution to sustainable development” during the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayors Forum, taking place in Daejon, Republic of Korea, on the 10-13 September 2017. UNOSD-led session will be held on 12 September 2017, from 11:15 to 12:15 at Daejeon Convention Center (DCC).

    6. Organisers

    This Forum is hosted by the 2017 APCS SECRETARIAT in collaboration with Daejeon Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea. The individual session will be hosted by the UNOSD.

    7. Expected Outcomes

    It is expected that the participants of this UNOSD-led session will get the following:

  • Improved understanding of the 2030 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and SDG 11 in particular
  • Enhanced awareness of the impact of cities on the achievement of the 2030 Development Agenda and the SDGs
  • Greater knowledge of the challenges faced by cities and the means to build their resilience in regard to climate change
  • Expended acquaintance with sustainable urban development processes
  • Better comprehension of the social and solidarity economy and its role in making the cities more sustainable
  • List of Participants
    • Moderator: Mr. Jong Soo Yoon, Head of UNOSD, Incheon, Republic of Korea
    • Speaker 1: Mr. Jean D'Aragon, Sustainable Development Expert, UNOSD, Incheon, Republic of Korea
    • Speaker 2: Mr. Sung-hwan Son, Advisory Ambassador for Green Climate Fund Cooperation, Incheon City, Republic of Korea
    • Speaker 3: Ms. Meng Xin, Director of International Department of JiaCui Enviromental Promotion Center/SUC Programme Management Center, Beijing, China
    • Speaker 4: Mr. Li Xiang, Head of International Department of JiaCui Enviromental Promotion Center/SUC Programme Management Center, Beijing, China
    • Speaker 5: Ms. Laurence Kwark, Secretary General, Global Social Economy Forum (Gsef), Seoul, Republic of Korea
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