Director, APAC Forum for the Future
Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities – and it’s been forecasted that this will go up to 75% by 2050. Most of this population is located in Asia, with the South Asia subregion facing the fastest population growth. Fast urbanization may result in serious threats to urban citizen’s health and wellbeing, employment opportunities, access to housing, access to public space, food security and waste management. Meanwhile, the North East Asia population is in decline leading to the transformation of cities so that they may provide the infrastructure and services for an ageing population, and also to attract young manpower.
With so much of the world’s population now living in cities, sustainable development cannot be achieved without significant attention paid to how we build and manage our urban spaces. This was recognised in SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities, which outlines that making cities safe and sustainable means that they are also participatory and inclusive. This session will provide participants with an overview of some of the leading regional programs and initiatives for sustainable and inclusive cities that show how investing in better urban planning and management helps to promote collaborative partnerships while creating social impact in Asia.
- Top sub-regional challenges that Asian cities are facing today in the pursuit of sustainability and inclusiveness
- How investing in better urban planning and management is promoting collaborative partnerships while creating social impact?
- Opportunities to enable social impact promoting/financing multi-sector programs for sustainable and inclusive cities.